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This page is maintained by National Museums Scotland’s Digital Media and Press teams. We love getting messages and feedback through Facebook, however, please note we can only monitor our page during office hours, Monday to Friday, so will usually be unable to respond to messages or queries sent out of hours. We cannot guarantee to answer all your questions, but will always pass them on to

SQUAWK!Being inventive in finding ways to communicate, as well as getting to grips with new technologies to stay in touc...
19/04/2020

SQUAWK!

Being inventive in finding ways to communicate, as well as getting to grips with new technologies to stay in touch, are occupying minds right now, even for those regular users of WhatsApp or Facetime.

Here's a homing pigeon with message capsule attached to its leg, part of the Museums' communication technology collection. Dating from the First World War, this message capsule would have held messages from the front lines, flown back to headquarters by homing pigeon.

Water, water everywhere 🌊Discover the element of water with worms, whales and sharks - and simple solutions for boiling ...
18/04/2020
Elements: Water

Water, water everywhere 🌊

Discover the element of water with worms, whales and sharks - and simple solutions for boiling water and solar energy.

As part of Edinburgh Science Festival 2020, we’ve been exploring our collections: https://www.nms.ac.uk/water

Elements of #EdSciFest is a digital mini-Festival exploring science’s role in addressing the biggest global environmental challenges through five strands – Air, Earth, Fire, Water and Aether.

Discover digital delights, curated articles and downloadable resources covering all the Science Festival favourites: https://www.sciencefestival.co.uk

Photo of Blue Ocean by Artem Militonían on Unsplash

Water, water everywhere with worms, whales ​and sharks ​- and simple solutions for boiling water and solar energy.

"Jenny was a true friend, colleague and teacher but first and foremost she was a pioneer in the field of vertebrate pala...
18/04/2020
National Museums Scotland

"Jenny was a true friend, colleague and teacher but first and foremost she was a pioneer in the field of vertebrate palaeontology. A great role model for Women in Science, she stands alongside the giants of our profession."

We remember the wonderful Professor Jenny Jenny Clack FRS

17/04/2020
Forces For Change: A Mile with Edward Enninful And Sinéad Burke | British Vogue & BMW

In this 🎥 listen to The Sinead Burke, selected as one of British Vogue's 'Forces for Change', share her greatest achievements and why working with National Museums Scotland to develop the 'first little person mannequin' is a fundamental step towards greater inclusivity in fashion.

Subscribe to British Vogue►► http://po.st/SubscribeBritishVogue What could you do to transform the world for the better? Sinéad Burke was prevented from part...

17/04/2020
Springtime arrivals on the farm

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Lambing began this season in March at the National Museum of Rural Life and we've had a bumper season with almost 180 lambs born so far.

Calving also continues, with Aberdeen Angus cross calves April and Avril arriving on 8 and 14 April 2020.

Keep up to date with #FarmMatters on the website: https://www.nms.ac.uk/farmmatters

Give us your best Lewis Chessmen recreation! Kudos to Laura Bauld for this uncanny representation of our King and Queen ...
17/04/2020

Give us your best Lewis Chessmen recreation!

Kudos to Laura Bauld for this uncanny representation of our King and Queen Lewis Chessmen pieces.

Send us your Chessmen inspired art via the Facebook inbox and we'll respost a selection 👍

On the 16 April 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated at Culloden. This targe, or shield, was presented to Prince Cha...
16/04/2020

On the 16 April 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated at Culloden.

This targe, or shield, was presented to Prince Charles before the battle, but abandoned when the Prince fled the field after the Jacobites were defeated. The figure in the centre of the targe is the gorgon Medusa, the mythological monster whose gaze turned people to stone.

Explore more: http://bit.ly/2TcVq4e

Moving through air 🎈Discover how air has been used in modes of transport from airships to hot air balloons and how diffe...
15/04/2020
Elements: Air

Moving through air 🎈

Discover how air has been used in modes of transport from airships to hot air balloons and how different species make use of air to travel through flight and gliding.

As part of Edinburgh Science Festival 2020, we’ve been exploring our collections: https://www.nms.ac.uk/air

Elements of #EdSciFest is a digital mini-Festival exploring science’s role in addressing the biggest global environmental challenges through five strands – Air, Earth, Fire, Water and Aether.

Discover digital delights, curated articles and downloadable resources covering all the Science Festival favourites: https://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/

Discover how air has been used in modes of transport from airships to hot air balloons and how different species make use of air to travel through flight and gliding.

Our Senior Curator of Transport, Meredith Greiling, picks her highlights of the Museum's collections.Click the images fo...
15/04/2020

Our Senior Curator of Transport, Meredith Greiling, picks her highlights of the Museum's collections.

Click the images for find out more about these enigmatic items.

Meet our Senior Curator of Transport, Meredith Greiling. Meredith’s been with the museum for just over a year, and while...
14/04/2020

Meet our Senior Curator of Transport, Meredith Greiling. Meredith’s been with the museum for just over a year, and while she cares for all the museum’s transport collections, that’s anything with sails, rails, wings and wheels, it’s the maritime collections that are her first love and area of expertise.

FROM NOW UNTIL 5, ASK MEREDITH ANYTHING

How has digital technology changed our lives? 🖥️ As part of Edinburgh Science Festival 2020, we’ve been exploring our co...
13/04/2020

How has digital technology changed our lives? 🖥️

As part of Edinburgh Science Festival 2020, we’ve been exploring our collections.

Investigate the 'fifth element' (Aether) through the wonders of digital technology, from early computers to the development of mobile telephones and robot repairs.https://www.nms.ac.uk/aether

Elements of #EdSciFest is a digital mini-Festival exploring science’s role in addressing the biggest global environmental challenges through five strands – Air, Earth, Fire, Water and Aether.

Discover digital delights, curated articles and downloadable resources covering all the Science Festival favourites: https://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/

Happy Easter! These remarkable Easter cards were found by our Library team as they sorted through a generous donation by...
12/04/2020

Happy Easter!

These remarkable Easter cards were found by our Library team as they sorted through a generous donation by Graham Gadd of a chair and related furniture bills mainly from the 19th and first half of the 20th century.

Pause with a Podcast this eveningTo mark the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath we’ve created a podcast ex...
11/04/2020
The Declaration of Arbroath by The National Museums Scotland podcast • A podcast on Anchor

Pause with a Podcast this evening

To mark the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath we’ve created a podcast exploring why it was created, who wrote it and why it still resonates today...

Spend 24 minutes in the company of Dr Alice Blackwell, Senior Curator of Medieval Archaeology & History at National Museums Scotland and Professor Dauvit Broun, Professor of Scottish History at the University of Glasgow.

https://anchor.fm/national-museums-scotland/episodes/The-Declaration-of-Arbroath-eccpab/a-a1rqii9

2020 marks the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, one of Scotland's most important historical artefacts. To mark the anniversary we spoke to two experts to understand more about how it was created, and why it still resonates today. In this podcast we are joined by National Museums Sco...

With most of us stuck at home this Easter weekend, we're delving into the fantastic Scottish Life Archive to enjoy Easte...
11/04/2020

With most of us stuck at home this Easter weekend, we're delving into the fantastic Scottish Life Archive to enjoy Easter celebrations of yesteryear.

Established in 1959, the Scottish Life Archive aims to collect, record and preserve documentary and illustrative evidence of Scotland's material culture and social history.

Find out more about the Scottish Life Archive here https://www.nms.ac.uk/scottishlifearchive

© The Scotsman Publications Ltd. Licensor www.scran.ac.uk

Our Natural Sciences collection contains over 36,000 clutches of bird eggs. Including examples of some of the largest in...
10/04/2020

Our Natural Sciences collection contains over 36,000 clutches of bird eggs. Including examples of some of the largest in the world: Ostrich eggs. At 15-18 inches in circumference, one Ostrich egg is about the same weight as 24 chicken eggs! https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore-our-collections/collection-search-results/?item_id=682711

At the other end of the scale we have some of the smallest bird eggs that occur in nature. Vervain hummingbird eggs average at just 1cm in length! https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore-our-collections/collection-search-results/?item_id=682715

Did you know that some mammals lay eggs too? (No, not the Easter bunny!) One example is the wonderfully weird Duck-billed Platypus. https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore-our-collections/collection-search-results/?item_id=508385

#EasterEggs

Being inventive in finding ways to communicate, as well as getting to grips with new technologies to stay in touch, are ...
09/04/2020

Being inventive in finding ways to communicate, as well as getting to grips with new technologies to stay in touch, are occupying minds right now, even for those regular users of WhatsApp or Facetime.

A pair of humble devices in the Museum collections show what can be done to keep in touch, when you have the skills.

These are pair of ‘telephones’, made in 1877, by Williams Holms of Paisley when he was just 18.

What on Earth? 🌍We’ve been investigating our own collections, distilling our research and stories down into the five ele...
09/04/2020

What on Earth? 🌍

We’ve been investigating our own collections, distilling our research and stories down into the five elements of Edinburgh Science Festival 2020: Fire, Earth, Aether, Air and Water.

Investigate different aspects of life on Earth, through fascinating fossils, tools for turning the soil and pieces of art reflecting the devastating effects of pollution on our planet: https://www.nms.ac.uk/earth

Focusing on the 2020 theme 'Elementary', a digital mini-Festival Elements of #EdSciFest explores science’s role in addressing the biggest global environmental challenges through five strands – Air, Earth, Fire, Water and Aether. Discover digital delights, curated articles and downloadable resources covering all the Science Festival favourites: https://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/

Image: Planet Earth. Photo by The New York Public Library on Unsplash

Discover amazing science from inside your own home as we explore the elemental themes of the Edinburgh Science Festival....
08/04/2020
Elements

Discover amazing science from inside your own home as we explore the elemental themes of the Edinburgh Science Festival.

Focusing on the 2020 theme 'Elementary', a digital mini-Festival Elements of #EdSciFest explores science’s role in addressing the biggest global environmental challenges through five strands – Air, Earth, Fire, Water and Aether. Discover digital delights, curated articles and downloadable resources covering all the Science Festival favourites.

Meanwhile, we’ve been investigating our own collections, distilling our research and stories down into the five elements of Edinburgh Science Festival 2020: Fire, Earth, Aether, Air and Water.

Have fun exploring as we add more content through the run of the festival: https://www.nms.ac.uk/elements

Today, get ignited with the element of Fire: https://www.nms.ac.uk/fire

Discover amazing science from inside your own home as we explore the elemental themes of the Edinburgh Science Festival 2020.

Setting up for remote working involves a lot of sorting out IT and hoping it works properly.Frustrated with your compute...
07/04/2020

Setting up for remote working involves a lot of sorting out IT and hoping it works properly.

Frustrated with your computer? This unique Scottish computer was sometimes called the Barr and Stroud Transistorised Automatic Reckoning Device (look at the initials!)

It improvised bagpipe tunes, click the link in comments to hear it.

To mark the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath we’ve created podcast exploring why it was created, who wro...
06/04/2020
The Declaration of Arbroath by The National Museums Scotland podcast • A podcast on Anchor

To mark the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath we’ve created podcast exploring why it was created, who wrote it and why it still resonates today...

Spend 24 minutes in the company of Dr Alice Blackwell, Senior Curator of Medieval Archaeology & History at National Museums Scotland and Professor Dauvit Broun, Professor of Scottish History at the University of Glasgow.

https://anchor.fm/national-museums-scotland/episodes/The-Declaration-of-Arbroath-eccpab/a-a1rqii9

2020 marks the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, one of Scotland's most important historical artefacts. To mark the anniversary we spoke to two experts to understand more about how it was created, and why it still resonates today. In this podcast we are joined by National Museums Sco...

Today marks the 700-year anniversary of the letter known today as the Declaration of Arbroath.Widely seen as Scotland’s ...
06/04/2020

Today marks the 700-year anniversary of the letter known today as the Declaration of Arbroath.

Widely seen as Scotland’s most iconic document, the fragile letter is in the care of National Records of Scotland and is rarely on public display.

Dated 6 April 1320, the Declaration is an appeal sent to Pope John XXII in Avignon. It sought to assert Scotland’s long history as an independent kingdom and to persuade the Pope to accept Robert Bruce as its legitimate king – Robert I.

Replies from the Pope reveal that the letter was one of three sent from Scotland at this time – one from the King, one from the bishop of St Andrews, and one from the barons of Scotland. None of the copies sent to the Pope have survived. The Declaration cared for by National Records of Scotland is a duplicate of the barons’ letter that was kept in Scotland.

Find out more about this remarkable document in our special podcast with Dr Alice Blackwell, Senior Curator of Medieval Archaeology & History at National Museums Scotland and Professor Dauvit Broun, Professor of Scottish History at the University of Glasgow.

https://anchor.fm/national-museums-scotland/episodes/The-Declaration-of-Arbroath-eccpab/a-a1rqii9

Image: Declaration of Arbroath © National Records Scotland.

We've seen rainbow artworks popping up in windows worldwide as communities look to share some colour, hope and solidarit...
05/04/2020
Seeing rainbows? | National Museums Scotland Blog

We've seen rainbow artworks popping up in windows worldwide as communities look to share some colour, hope and solidarity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We’re quite partial to rainbows here in the Art & Design Department. So, whilst I work from my home office (kitchen) this spring, I thought it would be nice to share a few more rainbows with you and maybe help inspire you to make some (more) of your own.

Read more 👇👇

"…there is nothing … so troublesome to mathematical practice ...than the multiplications, divisions, square and cubical ...
04/04/2020

"…there is nothing … so troublesome to mathematical practice ...than the multiplications, divisions, square and cubical extractions of great numbers, which besides the tedious expense of time are for the most part subject to many slippery errors, I began therefore to consider … by what certain and ready art I might remove those hindrances." ⁣⁣
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⁣⁣Discover how Napier’s legacy lives on in our Explore story www.nms.ac.uk/napiersbones

This picture shows a set of Napier's bones made by Eugene Belin et Fils of Paris, c. 1885.⁣

What does the future hold?According to Chambers dictionary divination is "the practice of foretelling the future by, or ...
03/04/2020
Oracle Bones

What does the future hold?

According to Chambers dictionary divination is "the practice of foretelling the future by, or as if by, supernatural means."

That's something that many of us may be wanting to know in these uncertain times. Wanting to know what the future will hold is not a new phenomenon.

In ancient China animal bones (oracle bones) were used in in divination ceremonies. National Museums Scotland’s collection of oracle bones dates from the late Shang dynasty (c.1200–1050 BC) and was found at Yinxu site near Anyang city, in central China.

Many oracle bones feature inscriptions recording the details of the divination ceremonies. Often the date, the person carrying out the ceremony, the question asked, the interpretation, and sometimes even the eventual outcome were inscribed. This script is the earliest known writing in East Asia, and is the root of modern Chinese writing.

Find out more about here: https://www.nms.ac.uk/oraclebones

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

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02/04/2020

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Tonight (Weds 1st April) at 8pm BBC Scotland will air 'One Night in the Museum' from National Museums Scotland. Here are...
01/04/2020

Tonight (Weds 1st April) at 8pm BBC Scotland will air 'One Night in the Museum' from National Museums Scotland. Here are some of the objects you'll see in the programme: click on the images to find out more about them.
And to watch the programme, follow the link in comments.

Up and down the country we've seen families putting rainbow drawings in their windows - to convey solidarity and joy at ...
31/03/2020

Up and down the country we've seen families putting rainbow drawings in their windows - to convey solidarity and joy at a time of great uncertainty and - for some - isolation.

Our Senior Curator of Modern Science Cache Phillipson explains that "a rainbow is simply all the colours that are in light spread out so that we can see them separately, it's also known as a spectrum. 🌈

Astronomers used to study spetra the composition and temperature of the sun and stars.🌒🌟🌡

1. A prism belonging to James Veitch, a plough maker and self educated astronomer.

2. The large diffraction grating from 1883, one of my favourite objects."

We’re all hankering after some National Museums Scotland galleries while socially distancing. On Weds 1st April at 8pm h...
31/03/2020
BBC Scotland - One Night in the Museum, Series 1, Edinburgh

We’re all hankering after some National Museums Scotland galleries while socially distancing.

On Weds 1st April at 8pm head to BBC Scotland iPlayer for ‘One Night in the Museum’ - where 3 groups of children from different primary schools visit our museum at night.

Kids visit the National Museum of Scotland after hours and go on a journey of discovery.

Meet our Assistant Curator of Entomology Ashleigh Whiffin - Ashleigh been with the Museum for 5 years and works with our...
30/03/2020

Meet our Assistant Curator of Entomology Ashleigh Whiffin - Ashleigh been with the Museum for 5 years and works with our collection of over 2.5 million insects!

From now until 5 you can ASK ASHLEIGH ANYTHING

28/03/2020
Clocks go forward!

Here's an ingenious clock from our collection, which unfortunately never kept great time...

DON'T FORGET - clocks go forward at 1am!

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In response to the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we have made the decision to close all our museums to the public from Tuesday 17 March at 5pm until further notice. This will include the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum at Edinburgh Castle.

All scheduled exhibitions and events will be postponed until further notice, including the display of the Declaration of Arbroath. We will make a further announcement once new display dates have been agreed. The national collections within our care will continue to be monitored and made secure during this time.

At National Museums Scotland, we care for collections of national and international importance, preserving them, interpreting them and making them accessible to as many people as possible. You can visit us at our four museum sites: the National Museum of Scotland and National War Museum, in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Flight, in East Lothian and the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride.


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My son is missing visiting while we are all in lockdown, so we made him his own mini museum in his room! 🙂
Hi everyone. My name is Jay Pressnell, and I'm a film maker and art teacher based in Auckland New Zealand. With Anzac Day coming up shortly, I just thought people may be interested in the short documentary film called 'Eternal Vigilance'. It focuses on the war effort during the second world war here in Franklin, Auckland, New Zealand, and includes interviews and footage about the vegetable growing in the market gardens for the war effort, the American forces presence in Pukekohe and the surrounding area and the stories and recollections of both the outbreak of war to the completion in 1945. It is a film that captures the huge significance of the region, at a time when its people lived in a time of uncertainty, anxiety, sadness, togetherness and celebration. The film was initially made by both Martin Bennett and myself (Jay Pressnell) for a 2012 exhibition at the NZ Steel Gallery called 'Franklin, the Homefront', and has now been released for the first time online. Both Martin and I share the common connection that both of our grandfathers fought alongside each other in Montgomery's 8th Army in North Africa known as the desert rats. Since we made the film, five of the people we interviewed have unfortunately passed away. We hoped, as we do now, that the film provides the opportunity for people to reflect, to remember, to share, and to talk about with new generations as we move into an era of a greater awareness and appreciation for human connections and the need for resilience. We hope you enjoy the film. Thanks. Jay
Hello. I bought this carved Whale vertebra at auction and I'm hoping to learn about it. A very similar one is in the Smithsonian. The 3rd picture is the back of it. The last picture is the one in the Smithsonian. The pewter lid has what might be a Scottish Clan crest and says Alaska 1828. The motto translates to" TRUTH TO THE END" From research I found that the only place referred to as Alaska in 1828 was the Alaskan Peninsula but being that it is written in English is a mystery. It is more likely, I feel that this was from 1867 or shortly after and commemorated something from 1828. Is there any way to determine the Identification of the Scottish Crest? Any info would be greatly appreciated. I have been going crazy trying to research this piece. If you can't help me, PLEASE let me know how I can further research this piece. My email is [email protected] Thank you for any help you may offer, Brian Guertin
Looking for these coins what's app or call+260965084515
Inspired by Creative Galaxy, my little girl is recreating National Museums Scotland at home https://m.imdb.com/title/tt5929970/
Huge THANK YOU to the wonderful staff at the Museum who looked after myself and my children when I took unwell during a visit to the tyrannosaur exhibition yesterday and going over and above. To my wonderful 1st Aider, Colin (I hope that's right) for sharing his dino knowledge and getting us all to a taxi. You all did go over and above the call of duty and I hope your managers appreciate how awesome you all are x
Brilliant afternoon at the Tyrannosaurus exhibition. Fascinating and soooo much to learn!
Had a fantastic time today visiting Scotty and the Tyrannosaurs exhibition. Absolutely brilliant - definitely recommend it 🦖🦖🦖
Skeksis or Tyrannosaur exhibit? Still can't tell 🤣🤣 It was a great way to spend a Saturday anyway!
Hello. The plan to cut down woodland to allow airplanes to be moved around that I've read about. I am very uncomfortable that with the current crisis globally and increasing evidence of climate change, that there appears to be no proposal to retain as much woodland as possible NOR to replant elsewhere on the site to compensate for what's being lost. Please reconsider this aspect.
I would love to see this alongside your Vulcan
few photos from Chinese new year event