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William Grant Foundation Research Fellow, Rosie Waine with a skirt and top by Prickly Thistle. Credit - Duncan McGlynn (2)

National Museums Scotland acquires contemporary Highland dress

National Museums Scotland has revealed a new collection of contemporary Highland dress, documenting a vibrant industry in Scotland today. Eight outfits have been added to National Museums Scotland’s world class holdings of tartan and Highland dress, enabling it to tell the story of Scotland’s iconic costume in the 21st century. 

Dr Ali Clark with サ–モアのうた’ (Sāmoa no uta) – A Song About Sāmoa – Vasa (Ocean)  © National Museums Scotland-2

National Museums Scotland acquires Yuki Kihara artwork ahead of Rising Tide exhibition

National Museums Scotland has acquired a major artwork by internationally renowned Pacific artist, Yuki Kihara, thanks to Art Fund support.  

Speaker's Chair from the former Royal High School being prepared for transport to the National Museums Collection Centre (credit Stewart Attwood)

Speaker’s Chair from the Parliament building that never was acquired by National Museums Scotland

The Presiding Officer’s chair from what would have become the Scottish Parliament building in the event of a vote for devolution in the 1979 referendum has been gifted to National Museums Scotland.

Sim'oogit Ni'isjoohl (Mr Earl Stephens) and Sigidimnak’ Nox Ts'aawit (Dr Amy Parent) of Nisga'a Nation with the memorial pole credit Neil Hanna.

National Museums Scotland to transfer memorial pole to Nisga’a Nation

A memorial pole brought to Scotland nearly a century ago will be returned to its place of origin in what is now British Columbia, Canada.  

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.