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Rock crystal jar from the Galloway Hoard. Photo ©  Neil Hanna WEB

Galloway Hoard yields another exciting discovery, the name of a Bishop Hyguald inscribed on rare rock crystal jar

A rare rock crystal jar found wrapped in textiles as part of the Galloway Hoard has been conserved, revealing a Latin inscription written in gold. The inscription says the jar was made for a bishop named Hyguald.

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.

Hunterston Brooch, c. 700 AD. Image © National Museums Scotland WEB

New book gives fresh perspective on Scotland’s Viking-age foundations

Crucible of Nations reveals Medieval Scotland as a melting pot of ideas.

Arthur's Seat Coffins. Copyright National Museums Scotland (3)-2

Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life

A major new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will look at the history of anatomical study, from artistic explorations by Leonardo da Vinci to the Burke and Hare murders.

Oak armorial roundel, bearing arms of James V and Marie de Guise, 16th century. Image © National Museums Scotland WEB

National Museums Scotland Acquires Armorial Panels Associated With Marie de Guise, Mother of Mary Queen of Scots

A series of oak armorial panels from a house inhabited by Mary Queen of Scots’s mother Marie de Guise, Regent of Scotland and wife of James V, have been acquired and conserved by National Museums Scotland. The announcement coincides with the birth date of Mary, Queen of Scots (8 December 1542).

L-R Meredith Greiling, Anna Starkey and Joesph Jackson guide the LUTZ Pathfinder through the Grand Gallery © Neil Hanna Photography WEB

National Museums Scotland acquires one of the UK’s first autonomous vehicles

National Museums Scotland has acquired a prototype LUTZ Pathfinder, one of three vehicles used for the first test of fully self-driving cars in public in the UK. Going on display in the National Museum of Scotland from today, it is the first autonomous vehicle to enter a UK museum collection.

Print depicting Carolina Parrots from Birds of America, by John James Audubon. Image © National Museums Scotland WEB

Audubon’s Birds of America

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will examine the artistry and legacy of one of the world’s rarest, most coveted and biggest books.

National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride. Photo © Ruth Armstrong 04

New Outdoor Autumn Trail to ‘Fall’ for at the National Museum of Rural Life

The National Museum of Rural Life has launched an Autumn Explorers Trail for half-term, with a range of activities for the whole family.

PhD student James Inglis takes a closer look at an Oliver Standard Visible Writer No. 3. Photo © Neil Hanna WEB

The Typewriter Revolution

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will examine the social and technological impact of typewriters over more than 100 years, from early prototypes to stylish mid-century models, which are still in use today.

National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, Scotland. Photo © Andy Catlin WEB

National Museum of Flight Launches New Future of Aviation Trail

The National Museum of Flight in East Fortune is exploring the future of aviation with a brand new family summer trail, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Conserved bird pin from the Galloway Hoard

Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure

One of the most important UK archaeological finds of the century, The Galloway Hoard, will go on display from Saturday 29 May at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.