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Disability histories are part of all our stories.Our new blog highlights some of the objects in our collection connected...
06/12/2023

Disability histories are part of all our stories.

Our new blog highlights some of the objects in our collection connected to people in the past and present with disabilities, bodily differences or impairments.

🌱 This vine arm is worn by model and body confidence activist Kelly Knox. It’s a movable piece of technology which is controlled by the wearer via sensors worn in their shoes.

She hoped the piece would help to reinterpret the idea of prosthetics and disability. In Kelly’s own words:

“Wearing these pieces helps redefine beauty and changes the image society sees when they think of disability” 💚

Read more: https://blog.nms.ac.uk/2023/12/06/disability-histories-our-stories/



📷 Kelly Knox wearing the Vine Arm. Credit: Omkaar Kotedia.

Can you help us to improve our website? 📱This quick, anonymous exercise will help us to understand how people find conte...
27/11/2023

Can you help us to improve our website? 📱

This quick, anonymous exercise will help us to understand how people find content on our site.

Available on mobile: usabi.li/do/4fbabcf1a258/64b9

To thank you for taking part, you can enter for a chance to win a £40 voucher of your choice.

📷 October Half Term: Cultural Connections. Credit: Angela Catlin.

Just annouced: Game On 📣🎮 The largest interactive exhibition of the history and the culture of video games will open at ...
23/11/2023

Just annouced: Game On 📣

🎮 The largest interactive exhibition of the history and the culture of video games will open at the National Museum of Scotland on Saturday 29 June 2024.

Discover the rich histories of iconic characters and play many of the key games produced over the past 50 years.

The show was first at the National Museum of Scotland back in 2002 and will be returning with even more to see and play with exhibits exploring new advances in the gaming world.

Tickets on sale spring 2024. National Museums Scotland Members go free. Want to know more? Head to nms.ac.uk/gameon

Game On is conceived and curated by Barbican Centre.

📷 Images: Game On during its tour in Sao Pailo, Sandnes and Oslo.

22/11/2023

🌟 Competition alert! 🌟

National Museums Scotland are getting in on Giving Tuesday by giving you the chance to win a membership of your choice, which you can redeem yourself or give as a gift to a loved one.

Membership grants a whole year of unlimited free access to all our special exhibitions as well as exclusive discounts and events.

To enter:

Leave a comment on this post stating which of our Membership benefits you think you or your gift recipient would most enjoy.

🏆 One lucky winner will be announced on Tue 28 Nov.

🎉 Good luck!

🤔 Do you want to find out about the work taking place across our museums, and discover our plans for the future?Join us ...
21/11/2023

🤔 Do you want to find out about the work taking place across our museums, and discover our plans for the future?

Join us for our Annual Open Evening at the National Museum of Scotland.

❓ The event will be hosted by our Chairman, Ian Russell, and Director, Dr Chris Breward. Following presentations, there will be the opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

📅 Thursday 23 November
🕖 18:00 - 19:30

🎫 Book your free tickets: https://www.nms.ac.uk/annualopenevening

📸 William Grant Foundation Research Fellow, Rosie Waine with a skirt and top by Prickly Thistle. Image: Duncan McGlynn.

🥔 Would you mistake this for a potato?This head from an ancient Egyptian statue was dug up in a potato field in Fife.A b...
20/11/2023

🥔 Would you mistake this for a potato?

This head from an ancient Egyptian statue was dug up in a potato field in Fife.

A boy found it on the grounds of Melville House as part of a punishment exercise in 1952 when the building was occupied by Dalhousie Castle School. Although he originally mistook it for a potato he soon realised that it was something significant. The object was brought to the National Museum of Scotland (known as the Royal Scottish Museum, at the time) and subsequently identified and acquired for the museum collection.

But how did it end up in Fife? Great question!

A new paper published in Society of Antiquaries of Scotland explores the story of the remarkable discovery of a group of Egyptian objects uncovered at Melville House between 1952 and 1984.

Read more in an exclusive story in The Observer, featuring interviews with former and current National Museums Scotland curators Dr Elizabeth Goring and Dr Margaret Maitland: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2023/nov/19/thats-not-a-potato-mystery-of-egyptian-treasures-found-buried-in-grounds-of-scottish-school

🥔 The 1952 find is now on display in the ‘Ancient Egypt Rediscovered’ gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.

📷 Head of a statue of a man in sandstone, mid-12th Dynasty (about 1922-1874 BC © National Museums Scotland

Our Museum Socials are designed for people living with dementia, their friends, carers, and supporters.Relaxed and infor...
02/11/2023

Our Museum Socials are designed for people living with dementia, their friends, carers, and supporters.

Relaxed and informal, each session explores a different museum theme through various interactive activities, including curator talks, object handling and creative crafts. And tea, cake and a warm welcome are always provided.

Join us for our next session on Friday 17 November for Monsters, Myths and Legends. Discover mythical monsters from around the world and be inspired by some of the curious creatures found in nature, like this duck-billed platypus ('Ornithorhynchus anatinus').

Book tickets and find out more: https://bit.ly/47jTeeF

01/11/2023

✨ Prepare to be dazzled and delighted by some 16th century tableware! ✨

A very rare silver-gilt ewer and basin have been acquired for the nation and is now on display at the National Museum of Scotland (Art of Living gallery).

🌟 The Panmure ewer and basin are one of fewer than a dozen sets made in London before 1600 that are still in existence. Most similar examples were melted down, making these an exceptionally rare survival.

🌹 The set would have been used ceremonially and also displayed proudly on a buffet to impress people with the owner’s wealth and status. The ritual of hand washing at a banquet, using scented rosewater, was widely practiced by royalty and aristocrats in the 16th century.

🐌 Visitors can now enjoy the fine craftsmanship and spot some of the representations of weird and wonderful animals including scaly dolphins, flying fish and snails. The remarkable set was created in London in 1586 or 1587 by the goldsmith ‘HC’ (who was probably the Dutch immigrant goldsmith Harman Copleman).

📜 Research will now be carried out to try to discover more about their maker and how they were acquired by the important Scottish Whig politician, William Ramsay Maule, 1st Baron Panmure (1771-1852), the second son of the 8th Earl of Dalhousie and the father of the 11th Earl of Dalhousie.

The Panmure ewer and basin have been accepted in lieu of inheritance tax by His Majesty’s Government from the collection of the Earls of Dalhousie and allocated to National Museums Scotland by Arts Council England and Christina McKelvie, Scotland’s Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development.

ICYMI, researchers from National Museums Scotland and Cardiff University have uncovered a 5000-year-old tomb in Orkney.⬇...
23/10/2023

ICYMI, researchers from National Museums Scotland and Cardiff University have uncovered a 5000-year-old tomb in Orkney.

⬇️ Read more from our Senior Curator of Prehistory, Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark, on the discovery of this Neolithic feat of engineering.

Clues unearthed more than 100 years ago inspired archeologists to locate the 5,000-year-old site

17/10/2023

As Madonna embarks on her Celebration tour, our resident super-fan takes a look through her greatest black outfits, finding plenty of overlap with our major fashion exhibition .

Read all about it in the blog: https://blog.nms.ac.uk/2023/10/13/dress-you-up/

👇Have you got a favourite Madonna look? Show us in the comments…

Some behind-the-scenes footage of the House of Ni’isjoohl Memorial Pole on its return from Edinburgh to the Nass Valley:...
16/10/2023

Some behind-the-scenes footage of the House of Ni’isjoohl Memorial Pole on its return from Edinburgh to the Nass Valley:

1. The House of Ni’isjoohl Memorial Pole in the Grand Gallery before its departure from the National Museum of Scotland

2. 🌿 The was draped with fresh red cedar boughs (donated by ) alongside a Nisga'a flag. The House of Ni’isjoohl requested that the Pole (which is carved from red cedar) was to be draped with these boughs to provide spiritual protection on its journey home.

3-4. The Pole is moved through the museum.

5. The Pole then journeyed to an airfield before being transported by plane. The House of Ni’isjoohl Memorial Pole is loaded onto a plane ready to leave the United Kingdom. Photo by Master Corporal Nicolas Alonso, Canadian Armed Forces. Courtesy of the House of Ni’isjoohl and the Nisg̱a’a Lisims Government.

6. Members of the House of Ni’isjoohl watch as the Memorial Pole is unloaded from the plane. Photo by Sailor First Class Erin Roberts, Canadian Armed Forces. Courtesy of the House of Ni’isjoohl and the Nisg̱a’a Lisims Government.

7. The House of Ni’isjoohl Memorial Pole is installed inside the Nisg̱a’a Museum in the Nass Valley on Oct. 3, 2023. Photo by Aaron Whitfield, Red Bike Media. Courtesy of the House of Ni’isjoohl and Nisg̱a’a Lisims Government.

16/10/2023

The House of Ni’isjoohl Memorial Pole has now returned to its home in the Nass Valley.

The 11 metre hand-carved Pole was recently rematriated from the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The return of the Pole is the result of a year-long discussion and close collaboration between the Nisg̱a’a Nation and the museum.

📽️ We captured some behind-the-scenes footage of the Pole leaving the Living Lands gallery, giving a sense of the scale of this complex operation.

Our Conservation, Collections and Curatorial teams worked with specialist contractor Mtec to carry out the move.

13/10/2023

We were delighted to welcome the Carpow Logboat back to Perth today after essential conservation work was carried out at National Museums Scotland. Read more on our website - https://buff.ly/46sVNe7

How's the October half-term going? Join us across National Museums Scotland for some cobweb-blowing family fun 🕸🧱 Half T...
10/10/2023

How's the October half-term going? Join us across National Museums Scotland for some cobweb-blowing family fun 🕸

🧱 Half Term bricks at National Museum of Flight until Sunday 22 October

🕷 Bugs and Beasties Trail at National Museum of Rural Life until Friday 17 November

🥁 October Half Term: Cultural Connections at National Museum of Scotland from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 October

🐿Autumn Explorers at National Museum of Rural Life from Tuesday 17 to Friday 20 October

Find full event listings on our website: https://www.nms.ac.uk/exhibitions-events/

🎉 Cultural Connections Celebration Day 🎉Saturday 21 October, 11:00 - 16:30 | FreeNational Museum of ScotlandAs part of o...
09/10/2023

🎉 Cultural Connections Celebration Day 🎉

Saturday 21 October, 11:00 - 16:30 | Free
National Museum of Scotland

As part of our wider activities for the October school holidays and our week-long series of Cultural Connections events at the National Museum of Scotland, join us one month today alongside local musicians, dancers and artists as we celebrate connections to Africa and the Caribbean.

Find out more: https://www.nms.ac.uk/exhibitions-events/events/national-museum-of-scotland/october-half-term-cultural-connections/

Full programme for Saturday 21 October:

African Maua – 'Drum Chronicles'
11:00 - 11:20

Presented by African Maua, 'Drum Chronicles' is a play that tells the story of Djembe, an African Drum with a soul. Djembe travels through Africa and African diaspora exploring the history of the drum in the continent. Presented by a diverse cast, this play is a story of African drumming as a movement of resistance blend of African cultural expressions.

Davie Luhangah
11:30 - 12:00

Luhangah is a Malawian Singer Songwriter based in Edinburgh. His sweet and melodic African rhythms will take you to places you have never been before.

Ronald Raymond McDonald – Garifuna drumming
12:15 - 12:45

Experience the engaging rhythms and songs of Garifuna drumming and music from Belize. Distinct from better known steel drum and djembe rhythms and music, this performance will feature traditional Garifuna songs and rhythms performed by professional Belizean drummer Ronald Raymond McDonald.

DJ set from JamboRadio Scotland
12:45 - 13:45

Get set for some lunchtime tunes, from the only radio station for people of African and Caribbean heritage in Scotland.

Adie Baako Dance
13:45 - 14:15

Adie Baako - a professional dancer from Ghana – will be performing a social dance from Accra called Kpanlogo. Then join in as Adie teaches you the steps to dance it yourself!

Rise Kagona's Jit Jive music
14:30 - 15:00

Rise Kagona is the founder and lead guitarist of the world-famous band from Zimbabwe, The Bhundu Boys. Rise composes all his own music, and many of his songs became hits back home in Zimbabwe. Flowing through his music are infectious Jiti rhythms, which in his duo are played by Ugandan-born Andy Cooke on Ghanaian kpanlogo drums, and Ugandan akogo (thumb piano).

House of Jack - AfroHouse Dance
15:15 - 15:45

Afro House is an energetic dance style that derives from Kuduro, an Angolan dance style and is also inspired - among other styles - by Pantsula, a dance style developed in South Africa. Afro House is a playful and expressive mix of different African dance genres that can be easily learned and danced by all.

Samba Sene & Diwan
16:00 - 16:30

Exuberant fusion of funky mbalax/Afrobeat grooves, with irresistible dance beats, undercurrents of ska, rock and Senegalese soul. Original songs by charismatic Senegalese singer Samba Sene.

This event is part of Black History Month 2023, and supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Image: Rise Kagona and and Andy Cooke of the Jit Jive Duo. Courtesy of the artists.

🥗 Seasonal greens: It was the end of our Kitchen Garden harvest last week at the National Museum of Rural Life!A huge th...
09/10/2023

🥗 Seasonal greens: It was the end of our Kitchen Garden harvest last week at the National Museum of Rural Life!

A huge thank you to visitors who made digital donations in exchange for Cosse Violette beans, Musselburgh leeks, kale, and a few Savoy cabbages - all arranged in the photo by Scott, one of the museum's volunteers.

Ps. The sluggy leaves, lettuces and broad beans went down a treat with the pigs and chickens on our working farm at Wester Kittochside.

Explore life in the countryside with us this October half-term: https://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-rural-life/

📣 Introducing the Dun pulpitThe third oldest pulpit surviving in Scotland has recently been retrieved by National Museum...
08/10/2023

📣 Introducing the Dun pulpit

The third oldest pulpit surviving in Scotland has recently been retrieved by National Museums Scotland.

The pulpit was commissioned by John Erskine, the new minister of Dun, in 1615 for the old parish kirk of Dun, located in the grounds of the House of Dun, a fine Georgian mansion, in Angus. It is the third oldest such pulpit still existing in Scotland, one of around thirteen sixteenth and seventeenth century pulpits that remain in churches, including at Holy Rude, Stirling, St Salvators in St Andrews, Falkland Palace, and at Glasgow Cathedral.

Find out more: https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore-our-collections/stories/scottish-history-and-archaeology/the-dun-pulpit/

National Museums Scotland would like to acknowledge gratefully the generous support of the Pilgrim Trust and the Governors of the Church of Scotland in helping to fund the removal, conservation and storage of the Dun pulpit.

Image: Conservator Sarah Gerrish works on the canopy of the pulpit.

Tour and a tea 🍵 Join curator Dr Ali Clark for an exclusive morning tour of Rising Tide, and add voucher to upgrade your...
07/10/2023

Tour and a tea 🍵

Join curator Dr Ali Clark for an exclusive morning tour of Rising Tide, and add voucher to upgrade your experience with refreshments in one of our museum cafés.

Wednesday 1 November and Thursday 9 November at 9.15am.

Book now:

Join curator Dr Ali Clark for an exclusive morning tour of our Rising Tide exhibition.

New resources for teachers and educators: Discover three short films about the Cold War in Scotland.Drawing on never-bef...
06/10/2023

New resources for teachers and educators: Discover three short films about the Cold War in Scotland.

Drawing on never-before-seen archives, object collections, footage, and interviews with experts to explore how the global superpower standoff impacted and influenced Scottish lives, politics, landscapes and technologies.

Watch now: https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore-our-collections/stories/science-and-technology/materialising-the-cold-war/sections/film-series/

New resources for teachers and educators: Discover three short films about The Cold War in Scotland, **drawing on never-before-seen archives, object collections, footage, and interviews with experts to explore how the global superpower standoff impacted and influenced Scottish lives, politics, landscapes and technologies.

Watch now: https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore-our-collections/stories/science-and-technology/materialising-the-cold-war/sections/film-series/

📷 Presenter Tiana Milne-Wilson visits collections at the National Museum of Flight.

Produced as part of the ‘Materialising the Cold War’ research project, a collaboration between National Museums Scotland and University of Stirling, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council - AHRC.

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

05/10/2023

🍂 Autumnal wellbeing 🍂

With text and audio created in collaboration with Mindfulness practitioner Laura Baxter, enjoy ten stops across the museum in our Wellbeing trail at the National Museum of Scotland.

Available to experience on Smartify: https://app.smartify.org/en-GB/tours/wellbeing-trail?lang=en-GB

Our family programming is supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Audio: Laura Baxter reading text from the trail.
Video: The Grand Gallery on a sunny morning.

🦅 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year' returns to the National Museum of Scotland in 2024! 🐘The world-renowned exhibition...
04/10/2023

🦅 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year' returns to the National Museum of Scotland in 2024! 🐘

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from Natural History Museum, London, opens 20 January-6 May 2024. See exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ at the National Museum of Scotland is supported by the players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Head to www.nms.ac.uk/WPY to find out more and book your tickets.

To mark , here is a preview of one of the photographs that will be displayed…

🐝 Solvin Zankl carefully watches a two-coloured mason bee build the roof of its nest. Solvin knew the bee was memorising landmarks around the nest so it could find it again. So as not to disorientate it, he edged his equipment closer each time it left.

🗺️ After two hours, the bee was using his equipment as a landmark.

🐌 Two-coloured mason bees use snail shells for egg laying. They pack the shell with pollen and nectar for their larvae, then seal it with grass and sticky saliva. Humans sometimes consider snails to be pests, but this species could not survive without them.

📍 Location: Near Witzenhausen, Hesse, Germany

📷 'Mason bee at work' by Solvin Zankl Wildlife Photography

🎁 Leave a gift in your will to National Museums Scotland A gift in your will can help care for and preserve Scotland's n...
30/09/2023

🎁 Leave a gift in your will to National Museums Scotland

A gift in your will can help care for and preserve Scotland's national collections for future generations.

Whether you're a regular visitor to our museums, remember exploring them as a child, or are just passionate about the power of museums to educate and inspire, learn more about leaving a lasting legacy:

We rely on your donations to protect the objects in our care, so that the stories they hold can inspire people now and in the future. To support us you can donate, join, or remember us in your will.

29/09/2023

Meet Danielle Connolly, one of our textile conservators at National Museums Scotland. 🧵

We head into the conservation labs to find out how garments for ‘Beyond the Little Black Dress’ were safely mounted and styled.

‘Beyond the Little Black Dress’ is open daily until Sunday 29 October. Members go free.

Find tickets: www.nms.ac.uk/BeyondLBD

There’s still time to book for our Relaxed Access Evening for ‘Beyond the Little Black Dress’, happening tomorrow (Tuesd...
25/09/2023

There’s still time to book for our Relaxed Access Evening for ‘Beyond the Little Black Dress’, happening tomorrow (Tuesday 26 September) from 17:30 - 19:00 at the National Museum of Scotland.

🤫 During this opening, numbers will be reduced and, wherever possible, sounds will be lowered and light levels adjusted to provide a more relaxed experience. A quiet, break out space will also be available.

🎫 Book tickets here: https://www.nms.ac.uk/exhibitions-events/events/national-museum-of-scotland/relaxed-access-evening-beyond-the-little-black-dress/

If you require further information please contact [email protected]

📷 ‘Florence’ hood and ‘Spray’ dress by Cimone, AW17, on display in the Spiritual Black section of

🌻 Using locally cultivated plants, roll your sleeves up with artist Elisabeth Viguie-Culshaw for an all-day natural dyei...
21/09/2023

🌻 Using locally cultivated plants, roll your sleeves up with artist Elisabeth Viguie-Culshaw for an all-day natural dyeing workshop this weekend (Saturday 23 September) at the National Museum of Rural Life.

Book online 👇

Discover a diverse programme of exhibitions and events across National Museums Scotland's four museums.

19/09/2023

From Vogue by Madonna to Little Black Dress by One Direction, can you name a fashion-inspired tune?

🎶 We’re looking for playlist contributions for the silent disco at our upcoming Museum Late, Fashionably Late, on Friday 6 October! (Tickets here: nms.ac.uk/museumlate)

Comment below with your best suggestions! 🖤 👗

🙏   Monks from Edinburgh's Dhammapadipa Temple have welcomed a buddha to the National Museum of Scotland. 🙏 The statue i...
16/09/2023

🙏 Monks from Edinburgh's Dhammapadipa Temple have welcomed a buddha to the National Museum of Scotland. 🙏

The statue is on loan from the temple as part of 'Theravāda Buddhism' which opens today (Sat 16 Sep).

Featuring over 40 objects, the free display highlights religious practices and living traditions in South and Southeast Asia and Scotland. Visitors will see a set of 19th century spinning gongs from Myanmar - audio recordings of the gongs will provide a sensory experience, representative of the sound of visiting a temple.

🔗 To find out more, visit www.nms.ac.uk/buddhism.

‘Theravāda Buddhism’ has been developed collaboratively with Edinburgh Buddhist Studies, an interdisciplinary research network at the The University of Edinburgh. The display runs until 9 June 2024.

📷 : Duncan McGlynn

🖤 We're delighted to be hosting an in-person event with Maria Casely-Hayford this September. Join Sequoia Barnes, guest ...
13/09/2023

🖤 We're delighted to be hosting an in-person event with Maria Casely-Hayford this September.

Join Sequoia Barnes, guest curator of , as she talks to Maria about the fashion legacy of her late husband, Joe Casely-Hayford (Casely-Hayford London), at the National Museum of Scotland on Wednesday 27 September from 19:00.

Together they will reflect on his four decade-long career and track his influence on Black British design, including some of the designers featured in the ‘Black Futures’ section of ‘Beyond the Little Black Dress’. This section celebrates some of the Black designers working in Britain today, exploring identity through an Afrofuturistic lens.

📅 Wed 27 Sep
🕖 19:00-20:30
📍 National Museum of Scotland
🎫 Tickets £6-10, available from www.nms.ac.uk/FashionConversation

📷 credit Miss Lydia Photography - Maria and Sequoia pictured together earlier this year at the opening of 'Beyond the Little Black Dress'.

🐄 We're udderly excited about MooFest at the National Museum of Rural Life this weekend (Sat 16 & Sun 17 Sep).🥛 A unique...
12/09/2023

🐄 We're udderly excited about MooFest at the National Museum of Rural Life this weekend (Sat 16 & Sun 17 Sep).

🥛 A unique celebration of cattle featuring butterchurning workshops, demonstrations, trails, storytelling, crafts & food.

🐮: https://www.nms.ac.uk/MooFest

📷: Paul Dodds

🏆 Competition time! 🏆    Would you like to visit   with a friend?   Our major fashion exhibition celebrates the ‘LBD’ an...
08/09/2023

🏆 Competition time! 🏆

Would you like to visit with a friend?

Our major fashion exhibition celebrates the ‘LBD’ and examines the radical power of the colour black. From the sophistication of the cocktail hour to Punk and Goth subcultures, see over 60 looks that show the iconic garment's infinite capacity for reinvention.

🎫 We're giving away a pair of tickets to 'Beyond the Little Black Dress' along with a copy of the exhibition book.

⏳ Enter via our website before 17:00 on Monday 11 September: www.nms.ac.uk/BeyondLBDBookComp

'Beyond the Little Black Dress' is open daily at the National Museum of Scotland until Sunday 29 October.

Image credits:
👗 Dress by Gareth Pugh, AW 2013.
📷 David Eustace

Join us for our first ever Relaxed Morning at the National Museum of Flight on Sunday 10 September, 10:00-12:00. 🔇 Those...
05/09/2023

Join us for our first ever Relaxed Morning at the National Museum of Flight on Sunday 10 September, 10:00-12:00.

🔇 Those who might appreciate a calmer visit can explore some areas of the museum, including the Brick History display, without any noisy interactives and videos.

These sessions are particularly designed for neurodivergent visitors, autistic visitors, people with additional support needs or anyone with sensory needs.

Please book online in advance 👇

https://www.nms.ac.uk/exhibitions-events/events/national-museum-of-flight/relaxed-morning-at-national-museum-of-flight/

At National Museums Scotland we care for collections of national and international importance. Our wealth of objects represents everything from Scottish and international archaeology to applied arts and design, from world cultures and social history to science, technology and the natural world. Find...

🏆 Competition time! 🏆    Would you like to visit   with a friend?   Our major fashion exhibition celebrates the ‘LBD’ an...
01/09/2023

🏆 Competition time! 🏆

Would you like to visit with a friend?

Our major fashion exhibition celebrates the ‘LBD’ and examines the radical power of the colour black. From the sophistication of the cocktail hour to Punk and Goth subcultures, see over 60 looks that show the iconic garment's infinite capacity for reinvention.

🎫 We're giving away a pair of tickets to 'Beyond the Little Black Dress' along with a copy of the exhibition book.

⏳ Enter via our website before 17:00 on Monday 11 September: https://www.nms.ac.uk/BeyondLBDBookComp

'Beyond the Little Black Dress' is open daily at the National Museum of Scotland until Sunday 29 October.

Image: Dress by Gareth Pugh, AW 2013. © David Eustace.

Fashion is one of the most energy-consuming, polluting, and wasteful of modern industries. The critically-acclaimed docu...
29/08/2023

Fashion is one of the most energy-consuming, polluting, and wasteful of modern industries. The critically-acclaimed documentary 'Fashion Reimagined' follows fashion house director Amy Powney on a journey to make her label more sustainable

Join us on Saturday 16 September at 14:00 for a screening of the film followed by a panel discussion with fashion industry experts, including exhibition curator Georgina Ripley chaired by Dr Lynn Wilson, expert in fashion textiles and the circular economy.

Discover more information and how to book: https://www.nms.ac.uk/FashionReimagined

Love books AND tartan? We've got the blog post for you!Assistant Librarian Jennifer Higgins looks at rare books in our c...
16/08/2023

Love books AND tartan? We've got the blog post for you!

Assistant Librarian Jennifer Higgins looks at rare books in our catalogue which document tartan’s Romantic resurgence and contradictory nature as a pattern that's both traditional and radical.
📖 https://blog.nms.ac.uk/2023/08/16/tartan-trendsetting-in-our-library-catalogue/

Referring to the Sobieski-Stuarts, authors of the controversial folio ‘The Costume of the Clans’, Higgins writes: “The self-styled influencers of their day, the brothers were subsequently referenced by tartan scholars and manufacturers, forever weaving together tartan heritage and historically dubious narratives.”

You can access the books discussed in the blog post (or any others in the library catalogue) in person at the Research Library in the National Museum of Scotland or the National War Museum Library in Edinburgh Castle by emailing [email protected] to make an appointment.

11/08/2023

The climate crisis is the defining issue of our time. Yet, its effects are not evenly felt.

Opening tomorrow, our new exhibition ‘Rising Tide: Art and Environment in Oceania’ speaks to this through contemporary responses by Indigenous Australian and Pacific Islander artists 🌊 www.nms.ac.uk/risingtide

In ‘Bottled Ocean 2023’, artist George Nuku envisions an undersea world composed entirely of plastic. Rising Tide also features woven baskets made by master fisherman Anthony C Guerrero from plastic gathered on Guam’s beaches, spearpoints made in Western Australia from discarded glass bottles, a set of five kimono titled ‘A Song About Samoa (vasa)’ by Yuki Kihara, and more.

Rising Tide is on from 12 Aug 2023 - 14 April 2024.
Edinburgh Art Festival

📣 Don’t miss out on the stellar line-up of events for our Beyond the Little Black Dress exhibition, including film scree...
10/08/2023

📣 Don’t miss out on the stellar line-up of events for our Beyond the Little Black Dress exhibition, including film screenings, workshops, conversations, and live performances. 📣

🎭11 & 18 August; Museum Late: Fringe Fridays
✂️ 9 September, Adult Workshop: Introduction to Fashion Illustration
🎤12 September, Audio Described Access Evening
📽️16 September, Film Screening: Fashion Reimagined
🔇26 September, Relaxed Evening: Beyond the Little Black Dress
🗣️27 September, In Conversation: Black British Design
🌃 6 October, Fashionably Late

Booking and full event details on the website: https://www.nms.ac.uk/exhibitions-events/?theme=66607

It's not just any silver – it’s Uniquely Scottish Silver!A new display of Scottish silver objects is now on at the Natio...
05/08/2023

It's not just any silver – it’s Uniquely Scottish Silver!

A new display of Scottish silver objects is now on at the National Museum of Scotland. See mazers, quaichs, thistle cups, ovoid urns and heart brooches from the Renaissance and Early Modern periods 🥈 nms.ac.uk/scottishsilver

The display has 43 objects. Some are still widely used and known as iconic aspects of Scottish material culture. Others are highly unusual, and among the only surviving examples of their kind. See the highlights and learn their historical context. nms.ac.uk/scottishsilverhighlights

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