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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.

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Schools programme

Bring the Curriculum for Excellence to life with the help of the national collections.

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Digital schools sessions

Let us bring our museums to your class.

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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.

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Deadly parasites and diseases

Five tiny parasites cause some of the deadliest diseases, which affect 1 in every 18 people in the world.

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The Circular Economy

Discover more about the Circular Economy through the Making Circles schools project, led by Ostrero.

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Learning resources for schools

Explore stories, films, games and resources from the museums’ collections.

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Digital Schools Sessions FAQS

Find out more about our Digital Schools Sessions.

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Galloway Hoard: learning resources

We've created a set of schools resources around the Galloway Hoard, including an animation, a quiz, and more.

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For Teachers: Primary Resources

Explore a range of activities suitable for pupils working at Early, First and Second Levels including: - Mandarin - Writing a story - Maths and numeracy

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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.

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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.

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Dinosaurs!

Learn what a palaeontologist does and discover amazing dinosaurs in this digital schools session.

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Designing for a Circular Economy

How can design approaches support the Circular Economy?

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Designing for the Climate: Circular Economy

Discover more about the Circular Economy through the work of young people across Scotland, led by Ostrero.

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Build a parasite

Build a parasite and find out what diseases it can cause.

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Vikings activity sheets

Download our fearsome Viking colouring sheets or have a go at making bread the Viking way.

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Parasites resources

Learn more about parasites and how scientific research taking place in Scotland is leading the way in this field.

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Online resource highlights

Explore our online learning resources covering topics within Social Studies, Languages and STEM.

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Watch and listen

Explore the amazing collections of National Museums Scotland through films, animations and podcasts.

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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.

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Romans in Scotland: learning resources

Tools to help aid teaching and learning about the Romans in Scotland

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Museum Animations

Delve into our animated adventures and explore the world around us from unique perspectives.

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Ancient Egypt: Mummification and the afterlife

Join our Enablers to find out about mummification and the journey to the afterlife through five very special objects.

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Iznik-style dish

This painted pottery dish was made in about 1897 in Iran, in the style of Turkish pottery made in Iznik.

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Self-guided group visits

Information to plan your self-guided group visit to the National Museum of Scotland.

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Dolly and the Atom Smasher

Fly across Scotland with Dolly the sheep, hitch a ride to space on a rocket and collect museum objects along the way.

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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.

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Celts

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.

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Get Energised with the ScottishPower Foundation

Get Energised was a science, engineering and technology engagement programme which ran until June 2019.

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BUILD IT! Adventures with LEGO® Bricks

Warren Elsmore and his team displayed some of their most beautiful and intricate mini-buildings and models in our Grand Gallery.

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Museum Art Challenge 2020

What inspires you in our museums? Get creative and join our month-long online art challenge at National Museums Scotland!

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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.

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Trading Places: Exploring Scotland’s commercial diaspora, past and present

This workshop seeks to expand academic knowledge and improve museum interpretation of Scotland’s commercial diaspora, focusing on the material culture of short-term economic migration. The project is supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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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.

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Democratising Knowledge

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.

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Textile designers

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.

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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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