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May Morris embroideries

These beautiful hangings were worked around 1900 by May Morris, the daughter of the designer, William Morris, the father of the Arts and Crafts movement.

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'Sculpture look' by Craig Green

This dramatic ensemble by British designer Craig Green heads up the catwalk in our Fashion and Style gallery.

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Audubon’s Birds of America

A new exhibition exploring the artistry and legacy of one of the world’s rarest, most coveted and biggest books.

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Casualty of War: A Portrait of Maharaja Duleep Singh

Casualty of War: A Portrait of Maharaja Duleep Singh is by renowned British Sikh artists, The Singh Twins.

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Griet Beyaert & Paul Miller

Glass artist Griet Beyaert’s practice sees her collaborating with artists working in different disciplines.

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Marjolein de Raat

Marjolein de Raat is the Assistant Curator for Japan. Her position is funded by the Japan Foundation.

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When is a dinosaur an ostrich?

Why we may have to wait for the Jurassic Park experience.

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All about African flies

A new publication covering our knowledge of flies from sub-Saharan Africa.

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Ancient mushroom-loving flies

The earliest bolitophilids described from the 46 million year old Kishenehn Formation and Baltic amber.

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Outstanding donation of insect specimens

An outstanding donation of over 40,000 aquatic insect specimens from the Scottish River Endrick.

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J R Pairman: from wood engraver to art director

Born in 1837, John (sometimes James) Ramsay Pairman began working for W. & R. Chambers in 1858. During his 50 year tenure, he rose from wood engraver to superintendent of the Illustrating Department by 1866 and acted as the firm’s Art Editor.

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Annual Pass

Make unlimited visits for 12 months with your National Museum of Rural Life ticket.

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4th South African Infantry (South African Scottish), France, 1918 © Ditsong National Museum of Military History
Common Cause

This exhibition explored the stories of the Scottish diaspora and the war experiences of Commonwealth nations during the First World War.

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The Galloway Hoard vessel

The lidded vessel which contained the Galloway Hoard's most precious treasures is itself a revelation.

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Préparez votre visite

Préparez votre visite du Musée national d'Écosse.

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Biobanks: storing animal samples for research and conservation

Explore how CryoArks biobanks store samples from animals so that researchers can look at their genetic code.

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Rocks and the Rise of Ordovician Life: Filling knowledge gaps in the Early Palaeozoic Biodiversification

This is a collaborative project that aims to better understand the dynamics of biodiversification during the Early Palaeozoic.

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Teacup Travels

Download resources to create your own Teacup Travels adventure, based on the CBeebies series, and find out where you can see the objects that inspired the Viking episode.

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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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Biobank

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

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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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Kabuki

This striking exhibition presented vivid depictions of Kabuki, the popular form of traditional, all-male Japanese theatre, from our Japanese woodblock print collection.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark

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

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