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Major exhibition of Early Scottish Silver to tour Scotland

A major exhibition supported by The Glenmorangie Company and produced by National Museums Scotland will tour Scotland this year – as the two organisations celebrate the renewal of their award-winning archaeological research partnership.

Scottish History and Archaeology department

Our archaeological and Scottish collections cover Scottish material culture from the earliest times to the present day.

Museum building at the National Museum of Rural Life © Wattie Cheung
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Wild Scotland Photo Challenge 2018

Our Wild Scotland Photo Challenge celebrated Scotland's wildlife in all its beauty and diversity.

Major Art Fund donation to Galloway Hoard campaign as public appeal is launched

The campaign to raise the £1.98 million required to save the Galloway Hoard for the nation has received a significant boost thanks to a funding contribution of £400,000 from Art Fund. The generous donation takes the campaign to secure the hoard - the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland - to the half-way point.

Research reveals secret of who owned the Galloway Hoard

First research into the Galloway Hoard has uncovered the name of one of the famous treasure’s original owners.

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