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.
Bring the Curriculum for Excellence to life with the help of the national collections.
A day in the life of an ancient Egyptian priest
Ancient Egyptian temples served as homes for the gods, where they were looked after by priests. Most people were not allowed inside temples and only a few priests could enter the presence of the god’s statue.
The Circular Economy
Discover more about the Circular Economy through the Making Circles schools project, led by Ostrero.
For Teachers: Primary Resources
Explore a range of activities suitable for pupils working at Early, First and Second Levels including:
- Writing a story
- Maths and numeracy
The Lewis chess pieces
These medieval chess pieces from the Scottish island of Lewis are among our most popular collections. They give us fascinating insights into the international connections of western Scotland and the growing popularity of chess in medieval Europe.
Careers Digital Schools Sessions
Join a member of our learning team to find out about the huge variety of jobs behind the scenes at National Museums Scotland, and what it's like being a learning Enabler.
Learn what a palaeontologist does and discover amazing dinosaurs in this digital schools session.
Learn more about parasites and how scientific research taking place in Scotland is leading the way in this field.
Watch and listen
Explore the amazing collections of National Museums Scotland through films, animations and podcasts.
Maths in Museums
Throughout 2021, we want to work with local museums across Scotland to integrate more maths into their museum programming and provide support to take part in Maths Week Scotland.
Delve into our animated adventures and explore the world around us from unique perspectives.
This painted pottery dish was made in about 1897 in Iran, in the style of Turkish pottery made in Iznik.
Build back better
During the lockdown due to COVID-19, school children were asked how we could build towards a more Circular Economy, inspired by the Making Circles project.
This major exhibition, organised in partnership with the British Museum, unravelled the complex story of the different groups who have used or been given the name ‘Celts’ through the extraordinary art objects they made and used.
Museum Art Challenge 2020
What inspires you in our museums? Get creative and join our month-long online art challenge at National Museums Scotland!
Museum Art Challenge 2021
Looking for something creative to do this December? The Museum Art Challenge invites you to make art inspired by our incredible collections. With five weekly themes to get you thinking, you can take part from near or far simply by emailing us a picture of your finished artwork.
The mystery of the miniature coffins
Satanic spell, superstitious charm or echo of Edinburgh’s grisly underworld history? We examine the theories put forward to explain the strange tale of these tiny coffins.
Democratising Knowledge is a Collaborative Doctoral Project between the University of Reading, Department of Typography and Graphic Communication and National Museums Scotland, Department of Science and Technology. The project started in October 2014 and was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
While there is little direct information regarding the specific designers used by the Vale of Leven firms, it is possible to understand how the practice of textile designing developed in Scotland, where these designers trained and where their design inspiration might have come from.
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.