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History of East Fortune

East Fortune Airfield is the UK's best-preserved Second World War airfield. Discover its history from its beginnings in the First World War to its transformation to a national museum.

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Bob McGowan

Bob McGowan is Senior Curator of Vertebrates and specialises in birds.

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Portrait cloth commemorating Mary Slessor

Why should a 19th century Scottish woman feature on a contemporary African cloth? Discover the story of Mary Slessor: missionary, magistrate and champion of women's rights.

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Art at War

Discover a range of paintings, drawings and pastels from the First and Second World Wars from our military collection.

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Victoria Adams

Victoria (Tori) Adams is the Assistant Curator responsible for collections from Oceania, Africa, Americas, and the Ancient Mediterranean including Ancient Egypt.

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Museums of Malawi partnership

National Museums Scotland and Museums of Malawi worked together to deliver a targeted museums skills development programme and to deliver a new David Livingstone display at Chichiri Museum, Blantyre, Malawi during 2013.

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Research Library

The Research Library is our main reading room on level 3 of the National Museum of Scotland.

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Discover the Museum

Discover the Museum brings classes from schools who are not regular visitors, from areas of mid-high deprivation within Edinburgh, to the National Museum of Scotland for a free, self-led, supported visit.

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Second World War (P5-7)

Discover what it was like for the pilots who flew in the Second World War.

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James VI and I

James VI and I was a hugely significant Stewart king, but has been overshadowed by his notorious relations: his predecessor in Scotland, his mother, Mary, Queen of Scots; in England, his cousin, Elizabeth I; and his successor in both kingdoms, Charles I.

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Dr Andrew Kitchener

Andrew Kitchener is Principal Curator of Vertebrates in the Department of Natural Sciences where he specialises in research on mammals, especially carnivorans.

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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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Dr Anna Groundwater

Dr Anna Groundwater is Principal Curator, Renaissance and Early Modern History.

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Rosanna Nicolson

Rosanna Nicolson is Assistant Curator, Middle East and South Asia.

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Work experience

Find out why we value work experience and what opportunities are available.

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Visitor comments

What did visitors say about Ming: The Golden Empire? Here’s a selection of comments from our visitors’ book and Twitter.

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Dr Rachel Walcott

Rachel Walcott is the head of the Earth Systems section.

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Stephen Hewitt

Stephen Hewitt is a Research Associate within the Entomology Section.

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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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Gold object of the week No. 10

The Minch torc: a treasure from the deep

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Annual Review 2016

This has been a landmark year at National Museums Scotland.

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Dr John Giblin

John Giblin is Keeper for the Department of World Cultures.

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Contact us

Contact the relevant team at the National Museums Scotland using the information below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Missionaries and Tibetan material culture

Explore how missionaries made a significant impact on gathering the materials featured within the Tibetan collections at the National Museum of Scotland, with their materials peaking between 1890-1904.

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Network members

The AHRC Gold Research Network brings together, for the first time, experts and early-career researchers from a number of disciplines and countries to share their knowledge and expertise about gold.

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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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