Dolly the sheep
As the first cloned mammal ever to be created from an adult cell, Dolly the sheep's birth was of huge excitement both to the scientific world and to the public.
See our shearer at work with our Scottish Blackface sheep and enjoy wool-themed family crafts and activities.
Our working farm at the National Museum of Rural Life is home to Ayrshire, Aberdeen Angus and Highland cattle, Tamworth pigs, sheep, hens and Clydesdale horses.
Making Circles Schools Project
The Making Circles schools project invited children to be inspired by National Museums Scotland’s collections to create new Circular Economy products.
On 3 December 1917, a little after 13:00, a large fireball was seen to cross southern
Scotland. A short time later, an explosion was heard and four objects were seen or heard to
crash to the ground around the towns of Coupar Angus and Blairgowrie in the Strathmore area of central Scotland.
The Reid family
The Wester Kittochside Farm at National Museum of Rural Life was owned and run by the Reid family for more than 400 years.
Prisoners of war at East Kilbride
During and directly after the Second World War, the Reid family at Wester Kittochside, East Kilbride employed both Italian and German prisoners of war.
Museum Art Challenge 2020
What inspires you in our museums? Get creative and join our month-long online art challenge at National Museums Scotland!
The Turkey red process
The term ‘Turkey red’ applies not to the colour but rather to the process that was used to create the bright and fast red that is seen in the National Museums Scotland Turkey Red Collection. The process was complex, repetitive and expensive, but the end product enjoyed a wide popularity and was the most profitable of all the cotton finishing sectors in the nineteenth-century textile industry.
Turkey red in Scotland
‘Turkey red’ is a complex dyeing process which produced a bright, fast red. Find out more about this centuries old process.
Alexander Graham Bell's box telephone
This strange-looking device was the first model of telephone to go on sale. But can its creator, Alexander Graham Bell, truly lay claim to the title ‘inventor of the telephone’?