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Gifts for the Future

Thursday 9 September, 19:30–20:30

Discover the impact that gifts in wills have had on our collections and learn more about our ongoing work to understand them and share their stories with the world. We will share how unique artefacts from Scotland’s history have entered our collections, and some of the fascinating stories behind them.

Join Ashleigh Whiffin, Assistant Curator of Entomology, and David Forsyth, Principal Curator of Modern and Contemporary History, who will reveal the remarkable stories of what links insects to a Duke and how a rare Renaissance jewel was saved for the nation.

The discussion is chaired by Dr Sam Alberti, Director of Collections at National Museums Scotland. It will be followed by a Q+A session where you will have the opportunity to put your questions to the panel.

Please register a space for this event via Eventbrite. You will then receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to join the event.

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Behind the Scenes at the Collection Centre

28 October, 18:30–19:30

Go behind the scenes with us and journey through time via our rich and diverse collections. National Museums Collection Centre is home to over 12 million fascinating objects and specimens, ranging from a beetle measuring less than a millimetre to a 1920s steam excavator nearly eight metres wide and weighing 25 tonnes.

Join us as Chanté St Clair Inglis, Head of Collections Services, takes us behind the scenes at the Collections Centre with Dr Matthew Knight, Senior Curator of Prehistory, Lynne McLean, Principal Conservator of Paper and Textiles and Fiona Ware, Curator of Invertebrate Biology.

The event will be followed by a Q&A session where you will have the opportunity to put your questions to the panel.

Step back to the Bronze age and discover how the meaning of objects can transform across space and time. Unravel the many detailed layers of textile conservation and explore the extraordinary diversity of life in our seas.

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