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James Clerk Maxwell's thermodynamic surface

James Clerk Maxwell created this 3D model to represent the behaviour of an imaginary substance showing its solid, liquid and gas states.

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Animals and birds

Designs with animals and birds were produced throughout the life of the Turkey red industry. Like the floral patterns, they were often aimed at specific markets. The peacock, for instance, was a popular motif with the Indian market and appears in a variety of guises in the Turkey Red Collection.

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Coronation ampulla of Charles I

This curious object, one of the earliest surviving pieces of Scottish-made gold, was used at the Scottish coronation of Charles I, held some eight years after his coronation in London.

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Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

This exhibition explored the real story of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the rise and fall of the Jacobites.

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The genetics of Asian lions in zoos

A newly published project examines genetic variation in the Asian lion population in European zoos.

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Ancient Egyptian collection

National Museums Scotland’s Ancient Egyptian collection comprises around 6,000 items. Explore its rich treasures here.

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Who was Robert Burns?

Discover the life of the National Bard through the collections of National Museums Scotland.

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Dr Fraser Hunter

Fraser Hunter is Principal Curator of Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology.

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Dr Yves Candela

Yves Candela is Curator of Invertebrate Palaeobiology.

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Dr Nick Fraser

Nick Fraser is head of the Department of Natural Sciences and specialises in vertebrate palaeontology.

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Game Masters

Featuring over 100 playable games, Game Masters showcased the work of more than 30 leading videogame designers.

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Next of Kin resources

The online resources developed for the Next of Kin touring exhibition provide opportunities to learn about the First World War in Scotland.

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Sankurie Pye

Sankurie Pye is Curator of Invertebrate Biology.

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Clothing and home dressmaking

The Turkey Red Collection of pattern books shows us the numerous printed designs that were produced, but the fabric samples do not always give a sense of what the end product was actually used for. Sources such as newspapers and surviving garments help us to see how Turkey red dyed and printed cotton was used in Britain.

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East Asia in Edinburgh and Lothians

Collections in City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian.

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Gold object of the week No. 8

Gold-bound spearheads from Carnoustie and Pyotdykes

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Introduction to Pacific Collections resource

The Introduction to Pacific Collections is a resource for anyone interested in working with material culture from the Pacific.

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Dr Graham E Rotheray

Graham Rotheray is a Research Associate with the Entomology Section and specialises in the biology of higher flies, especially hoverflies.

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Playable games

See the full list of the 100+ playable video games on offer at the Game Masters exhibition from 5 December 2014 - 20 April 2015.

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Gold object of the week No. 12

Late Bronze Age bracelets from Hillhead, Caithness

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Lennoxlove toilet service

One of our greatest treasures, the Lennoxlove toilet service was discovered at Lennoxlove, a towerhouse near Haddington, to the east of Edinburgh, shortly after the death of the 12th and last Lord Blantyre in 1900.

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Bruce-Oosterwijck sea clock

This historic Bruce-Oosterwijck pendulum sea clock played an important role in the long quest for a practical way of determining longitude at sea; a problem that made sea voyages incredibly hazardous.

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Dress and Textiles from Highland South East Asia

A University of Glasgow Student Work Placement Project Jan – Apr 2017

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The Umbrian Madonna: Sculpture and 3D medieval painting

Following the success of the initial project, we succeeded in securing funding from the Henry Moore Foundation and the KT Wiedemann Foundation to go further in our analysis of the 14-century sculpture of the Madonna and Child.

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Turkey red pattern
Exhibitions of textiles

Britain had twenty-two ‘international’ exhibitions in the second half of the nineteenth century, starting with the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace in 1851. There were similar exhibitions in Europe and America and in the British colonial capitals, as well as in the main British provincial cities. These exhibitions provided excellent opportunities for manufacturers to show off their products.

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Further reading

Interested in learning more about Turkey red and the British textile industry? Explore our reading list.

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Gold object of the week No.13

The Douglas Nugget, Britain's largest gold nugget.

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East Asia, Africa and Australia

Although India was the biggest market for the Scottish Turkey red manufacturers, this did not stop the Vale of Leven firms from seeking out new customers. By the end of the nineteenth century they had established trade links with the Far East, Africa, Australia and the South Pacific.

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Dr Matthew Knight

Matthew is a Senior Curator of Prehistory responsible for the Scottish Chalcolithic and Bronze Age collections. He is also responsible for the Scottish archaeological human remains collections.

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Dr John Giblin

John Giblin is Keeper for the Department of World Cultures.

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Dr Stig Walsh

Dr Stig Walsh is Senior Curator of Vertebrate Palaeobiology.

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W. & R. Chambers and the collection history

The research for the Democratising Knowledge project focused on archival material, the woodblocks and their production, and an analysis of the illustrations in Chambers's encyclopaedias.

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Pyramid casing stone

This block is one of the few surviving casing stones from the Great Pyramid of Giza, built for King Khufu. It is the only pyramid casing stone on display outside Egypt.

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Invertebrates

The Invertebrate collections date from the mid-1800s and include samples of many different groups of animals.

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Dr Jerry Herman

Jerry Herman is Senior Curator of Vertebrates and specialises in mammals.

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Turkey red pattern
North America

Much of the cotton used by the Scottish Turkey red manufacturers in the early years of the industry came from North America. This cotton was dyed and printed in Scotland and much of it was sent back to America in the form of bandannas, scarves and even flags.

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Further reading

For further reading on Tibetan culture and the collection of Tibetan material objects, please refer to the existing literature which has been collated

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Doctoral Training Programme research

Find out more about graduate research undertaken through the Edinburgh Earth and Environment (E3) Doctoral Training Programme (DTP).

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Gold object of the week No. 3

The Knowes of Trotty discs

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Gold object of the week No. 15

The Whitefarland Hoard, Arran

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Printing artefacts

Studying artefacts made and used by those working in the printing industries helps inform what we know about 19th-century printing history. A study of the objects in the W. & R. Chambers collection reveals details of their image making process.

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World Cultures department

Our World Cultures collections include internationally important material from across the globe.

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