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Senior Curator Dr Alice Blackwell holds the rare early medieval gold sword pommel. Photo © Stewart Attwood WEB

National Museums Scotland acquires rare, early medieval gold sword pommel

National Museums Scotland has acquired an exceptionally rare gold sword pommel, created around 700 AD. Discovered in Stirlingshire, this spectacular object is one of the first of its kind found in Scotland and has been allocated to the Museums by the King’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer following the recommendation of the Scottish Archaeological Finds Allocation Panel. 

Life reconstruction of Scleromochlus taylori by Gabriel Ugueto © Gabriel Ugueto) WEB

Triassic specimen found to be early relative of pterosaurs a century after its discovery

A new study of a tiny Triassic fossil reptile first discovered over 100 years ago in the north east of Scotland has revealed it to be a close relative of the species that would become pterosaurs – iconic flying reptiles of the age of the dinosaurs. 

Maths Week Scotland © Lesley Martin

Maths Week Scotland is back and bigger than ever

Maths Week Scotland 26 September – 2 October 2022

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

Four new trustees appointed to the Board of National Museums Scotland

The Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development and Minister with Special Responsibility for Refugees from Ukraine, Neil Gray, today announced the appointment of Professor Monojit Chatterji, Stephen Dando, Dr Bridget McConnell and Beth McKillop as Members of the Board of National Museums Scotland.

Principal Curator of Vertebrates Dr Andrew Kitchener with a specimen from the Eocene birds collection of National Museums Scotland. Photo © Stewart Attwood

Fossil bird collection of international importance bequeathed to National Museums Scotland

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A collection of over 700 bird fossils has been bequeathed to National Museums Scotland. The fossils date from 54-56 million years ago, the beginning of the Eocene period, and represent the early stages in the evolution of modern birds. The collection is believed to contain many species which are new to science. 

Gold filigree “aestels” from The Galloway Hoard. Image © National Museums Scotland WEB

Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure

30 July to 23 October 2022, Aberdeen Art Gallery 

Silver bullion from the lower layer of the Galloway Hoard WEB-2

Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure exhibition at Kirkcudbright Galleries breaks records

The display of one of the most important UK archaeological finds of the century, The Galloway Hoard, has become the most popular exhibition to be held in Kirkcudbright Galleries since the venue opened in 2018. 

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

National Museums Scotland launches Gaelic Language Plan consultation

National Museums Scotland has launched a consultation to inform the development of its third Gaelic Language Plan.  

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

Taighean-tasgaidh Nàiseanta Alba A' Sireadh Bheachdan air a Phlana Gàidhlig

Tha Taighean Tasgaidh Nàiseanta Alba air co-chomhairleachadh fhoillseachadh a chuireas ri a threas Plana Gàidhlig. 

Lyndsay McGill, Curator of Renaissance and Early Modern History at National Museums Scotland with the 17th century silver trumpet bell, mazer and quaich. Photo © Phil Wilkinson WEB

National Museums Scotland gifted rare collection of 17th century Scottish silver

National Museums Scotland have acquired a trio of exceptionally rare silver objects created in Scotland in the 1600s. The quaich, trumpet bell and mazer are important examples of 17th century Scottish craftsmanship and have been donated to the National Collections by Ron and Rosemary Haggarty.

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

£250,000 project for community groups to research collections in galleries, libraries, archives and museums across the UK

National Museums Scotland has been awarded a grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with the National Maritime Museum, London to enable organisations around the UK to work with community groups to explore experiences of empire, migration, and life in Britain through their collections.

Remington No. 2 c. 1887-1888 (1)

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