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Krusatodon kirtlingtonesis artist impression credit Maija Karala

Fossil discovery reveals mammals grew more slowly in the Jurassic than they do today

Two unique Jurassic fossil discoveries from the Isle of Skye have shown that mammals in the time of the dinosaurs grew more slowly and lived longer than mammals today. 

National Museums Scotland conservator Bethan Bryan works on the Bronze Age Achmore Vessel, 1000 - 500 BC. Image © Duncan McGlynn

Rare artefacts go on display for first time in new exhibitions in Lewis

Rare objects representing thousands of years of island life, from the Neolithic to the Viking Age, go on display this week in Lewis. More than 40 artefacts on loan from National Museums Scotland, including some displayed for the first time, feature in new exhibitions at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis and the Kinloch Historical Society Museum. 

Conservator Diana de Bellaigue removes tarnish from the Mary, Queen of Scots casket. Copyright Duncan McGlynn (5)

Casket believed to have belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots to go on tour

A silver casket believed to have been owned by Mary, Queen of Scots and which was acquired by National Museums Scotland in 2022 has undergone fresh conservation work ahead of going on tour to Kirkcudbright and Stirling.  

Dinocephalosaurus orientalis. Image © national Museums Scotland CROP

Palaeontologists reveal a 240-million-year-old ‘Chinese Dragon’

An international team of scientists have described new fossils of Dinocephalosaurus orientalis - a five-metre-long aquatic reptile from the Triassic period of China, dating to around 240 million years old.  

Wildlife cameraman and presenter Hamza Yassin met children from Edinburgh's Bun Sgoil Taobh Na Pairce (Parkside Primary School) at the opening of the new exhibition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, which opens on Saturday 20 January at the National Museum of Scotland. Image © Duncan McGlynn-5

Hamza Yassin attends opening of Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in Edinburgh

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 
20 January to 6 May 2024 

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh 

WEB Curator Sophie Goggins with Dolly the Sheep fleece. Photo © Duncan McGlynn (9)

National Museums Scotland gifted fleece of Dolly the Sheep

National Museums Scotland has acquired a fleece from Dolly the Sheep. The fleece, which recently appeared on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, has been donated to the National Collections by Dr William A. Ritchie, the embryologist on the Roslin Institute team that created Dolly, the world’s first mammal cloned from an adult cell.

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Story of ancient Egyptian objects unearthed in Fife over a 30-year period published for the first time

The story of the remarkable discovery of a group of Egyptian objects uncovered at Melville House in Fife between 1952 and 1984 is being told in full for the first time in an article published in the upcoming Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 

Curator Dr Godfrey Evans with the Panmure ewer and basin. Copyright Stewart Attwood 1

Rare 16th century ewer and basin acquired for the nation

A very rare 16th century silver-gilt ewer and basin have been acquired for the nation and allocated to National Museums Scotland under the Acceptance in Lieu scheme.

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5000-year-old tomb discovered in Orkney

Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of an incredibly rare 5000-year-old Neolithic tomb that was largely destroyed without record in the 19th century.

Edinburgh school pupil Connie Blacklaw (8), checks out a Dolly the Sheep-themed trail at the National Museum of Scotland, part of the programme for Maths Week Scotland, which starts today (Monday 25 September)-6 credit Duncan McGlynn

Maths Week Scotland kicks off tomorrow

This week will see maths-related activities taking place across the country in the annual Maths Week Scotland programme. The theme of this year’s programme, which is coordinated by National Museums Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government, is Maths in Motion.  

Delegates from the Nisga’a Nation with the Ni’isjoohl Memorial Pole. Image credit Duncan McGlynn (3)

Nisg̱a’a pole returns to the Nass Valley after 94 years

The House of Ni’isjoohl memorial pole makes its way home from Scotland as the first totem pole rematriated from the United Kingdom 

Grand Gallery at the National Museum of Scotland. © National Museums Scotland 01

New Trustees appointed to the Board of National Museums Scotland

The Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development, Ms McKelvie, today announced the appointment of Manuel Fernández Götz and Richard Oram to the Board of Trustees of National Museums Scotland.