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Sea chest presented to Admiral Cochrane

Seaman, nobleman, warrior, engineer, radical, convict, hero: the impact of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, was felt across the world, and his life inspired some of the great stories of adventure fiction.

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Coral necklace

This opulent deep red coral and 18 carat gold necklace was created by Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird.

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Quilted garments and quilts

Quilted garments, such as petticoats or dressing gowns, provide a rare example of how Turkey red dyed and printed cottons were actually used.

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An unexpected assemblage of brachiopods

New paper contributes to the knowledge of marine invertebrate faunas in the early Ordovician.

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An emperor's eggstraordinary egg

A new acquisition highlighting the way our collections continue to document the impact of rapid environmental change.

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Turkey red pattern
Abstract and geometric

As with the floral, figurative and animal designs, abstract and geometric patterns could cater to all the different domestic and foreign markets that were served by the Scottish Turkey red industry.

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Turkey red pattern
Home markets

From handkerchiefs to swimming costumes, petticoats to table cloths, Turkey red dyed and printed cottons had many different uses for British consumers.

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Biobank

Our specialist Biobank facility comprises thousands of frozen tissue samples used by researchers worldwide as sources of DNA.

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Gothic Revival vase by William Burges

This elaborate 19th century vase was created by the architect and designer William Burges, and formed part of his opulent interior decoration design for Cardiff Castle.

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Ullaich do thuras

Ullaich do thuras gu Taigh-tasgaidh Nàiseanta na h-Alba.

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Planifique su visita

Planifique su visita al Museo Nacional de Escocia.

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Planowanie wizyty

Planowanie wizyty w Narodowym Muzeum Szkocji.

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Pianificare una visita

Pianificare una visita al Museo Nazionale della Scozia.

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Make your own Supercat mask

Is your cat a #Supercat? Find out more about the campaign to save the Scottish Wildcat and make your own #Supercat mask here.

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Renewables

A few years ago I was given access to capture the people and places at the cutting edge of the deep-water renewables industry...

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Culture vessel

This simple looking object made it possible for the first clinical trials and batch production of penicillin to take place. Its design marks a significant milestone in the history of medicine.

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Our Chinese collection

From ancient ceramics to imperial jade, oracle bones to contemporary propaganda posters, our Chinese collection spans over four thousand years and includes around 11,000 items.

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Unexpected new Jurassic deep-marine crocodile

A recently described new species suggests that during the Late Jurassic a group of teleosauroids was getting better adapted to a pelagic lifestyle.

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A Lions Kingdom in Decline

A recent paper reveals a double blow to lion populations over the last 20,000 years.

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India

The Turkey red industry was predominantly an export industry and the biggest market was India.

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Carved oak doors associated with Mary of Guise

When medieval buildings in Blyth’s Close off Edinburgh’s Castlehill were demolished, these pieces - associated with Mary of Guise - were rescued.

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Jacobite supporters: Sir John Hynde Cotton's tartan suit

This magnificent tartan suit belonged to Sir John Hynde Cotton, described as ‘one of the most zealous Jacobites in England’.

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Styles and patterns

There are approximately 40,000 textile samples in the collection, many copied or reproduced in a variety of colour-ways. The designs can be divided into four main categories.

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Westness brooch-pin

A masterpiece of early medieval art, this silver brooch-pin decorated with gold, amber and glass was found buried within a Viking grave in Orkney.

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计划您的行程

计划您游览苏格兰国家博物馆的行程

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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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Rob Roy MacGregor: Sporran clasp with concealed pistols

This sporran clasp, as worn by Rob Roy in Walter Scott's novel, hides a deadly secret: four concealed pistols.

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Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark

Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark is Senior Curator of Prehistory (Neolithic).

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Bibliography

Find out more about the history of wood engraving, illustration and publishing in the 19th century.

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Frances Farquharson's tartan suit

This dramatic suit was worn by the flamboyant fashion editor turned Highland society hostess Frances Farquharson.

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Hanging Scroll Painting

This delightful 18th-century Japanese hanging scroll celebrates the New Year.

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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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博物馆探秘

在苏格兰国家博物馆,你将开启一段发现之旅,探索苏格兰和世界各地的悠久历史,领略自然奇观、艺术、设计与时尚和科技等让人赞叹之处。种种精彩,尽在一处。

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Nature's Palette: Colouring our World

A lavishly illustrated new guide to Werner’s Nomenclature of Colour marking the bicentenary of the publication of the second edition.

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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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Turkey red pattern
Flowers and leaves

Floral and foliate patterns are common in the Turkey Red Collection. They range from naturalistic styles to abstract patterns and they were produced for both the domestic and export markets.

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Home furnishings

Britain in the late nineteenth century experienced a revolution in domestic comfort as rising living standards (the consequence of cheap food imports) generated surplus income for ordinary householders which was spent by many on home furnishings.

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Firms that made Turkey red

A number of firms tried to perfect the Turkey red process and capitalise on the demand for these brightly coloured printed cottons, but many of these enterprises were short-lived. Three firms from the Vale of Leven, however, successfully produced and exported Turkey red dyed and printed cottons and became leaders of the industry.

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James Clerk Maxwell's dynamical top

The dynamical top is another form of spinning top. It is a demonstration gyroscope which James Clerk Maxwell worked on from 1856.

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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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