Sunday, 30 June 2019

National Museums Scotland

With full details of upcoming events at National Museums Scotland:


National Museums Scotland



Visitors at the National Museum of Scotland (c) Ruth Armstrong Photography
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Spend your summer holidays with us

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There's plenty to enjoy at our museums this summer holiday. Head to the National Museum of Scotland for free family activities throughout the month, from crafts inspired by our ancient Egypt and East Asia galleries to a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Discover the National Museum of Flight in a new way with the Record Breakers Summer Trail, or follow the National Museum of Rural Life's resident farm cat, Sooty, on Sooty's Summer Adventure Trail.

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What's on across our museums



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Heavy Horse Show (c) Ruth Armstrong Photography
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Heavy Horse Show
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Sun 14 Jul
National Museum of Rural Life
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See majestic Clydesdales, Shetlands and Highlands at this ever-popular event. Watch horses compete in a range of classes and see equestrian stunt team, Riders of the Storm, perform in the main arena. Then get in the saddle yourself with a ride on a Clydesdale.

Full-price tickets include an Annual Pass, while existing Annual Pass holders can attend the event from just £3 per adult (only available on the event day at the site with a valid Annual Pass).
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Scotland's National Airshow
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Scotland's National Airshow
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Sat 27 Jul
National Museum of Flight
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There’s just four weeks to go until Scotland’s National Airshow, with thrilling displays from the RAF Typhoon, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, The Blades aerobatic display team and many more.

Back on the ground you can meet the pilots, take part in talks, crafts and activities, and see an amazing aerial display from The Wings parachute team.

Don’t forget to book your Early Bird tickets before Thursday 11 July to save up to 17% on the cost of your ticket.
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Still from the Glenmorangie Commission film (c) National Museums Scotland

Behind the scenes



Watch as renowned silversmith Simone ten Hompel begins her research into our Viking-age silver collection for her Glenmorangie Commission, meeting curator Sarah Rothwell and Glenmorangie Research Fellow Adri├ín Maldonado. Simone’s finished silverwork will go on public display at the National Museum of Scotland in 2020.

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Exhibitions and events


Colonel William Gordon of Fyvie by Pompeo Batoni (c) National Trust for Scotland, Fyvie Castle
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Now on: Wild and Majestic

Until Sun 10 Nov, National Museum of Scotland
Highland landscapes, heroic histories, tartan and bagpipes are among the defining images of Scotland. Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland considers the origins of these ideas and explores how they have been used to represent Scotland through costume, art, literature and the beginnings of the Scottish tourism industry.

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Visitors at the National Museum of Scotland (c) Ruth Armstrong Photography
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Wee Summer Mornings

Mon 1–Fri 26 Jul (Mon, Wed & Fri only),
National Museum of Scotland
These short sessions in our museum galleries are suitable for under 5s and their accompanying adult. Sign up on the day to enjoy stories, songs and simple activities exploring themes in the museum.

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Bagpipes (c) National Museums Scotland
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Runrig and Highland History

Thu 4 Jul, National Museum of Scotland
Part of our programme of Wild and Majestic events, hear Dr David Worthington, University of the Highlands and Islands, in conversation with Donnie Munro, the former frontman of Scottish rock group Runrig, as they discuss the links between music, history and land in relation to the Highlands.

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Visitors at Tanabata Japanese Star Festival (c) Ian Jacobs Photography
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Tanabata: Japanese Star Festival

Sun 7 Jul, National Museum of Scotland
We’re celebrating Tanabata with an afternoon of free family activities. Enjoy Japanese music, storytelling, costume, performance and craft, explore amazing objects in our Exploring East Asia gallery, and make a wish to tie to our bamboo tree.

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Visitors at Science Saturday (c) Ruth Armstrong Photography
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Science Saturday

Sat 20 Jul, National Museum of Scotland
This month’s Science Saturday celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in 1969.

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Wild and Majestic exhibition shop (c) National Museums Scotland

Wild and Majestic shop



The Wild and Majestic shop is now open at the National Museum of Scotland. Inspired by the exhibition, we’ve curated a truly Scottish collection of souvenirs and gifts, from luxury cashmere tartans from Edinburgh’s own Kinloch Anderson, to fragrant soaps milled in the Scottish Borders, and handcrafted jewellery from Perthshire to chocolates made in Glasgow. Our accompanying exhibition book is available at the museum and online.

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Colonel William Gordon of Fyvie by Pompeo Batoni © National Trust for Scotland, Fyvie Castle
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One week to go until
Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland

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Our landmark summer exhibition, Wild and Majestic, opens next Wednesday 26 June at the National Museum of Scotland.

From the Romantic movement of the 18th and early 19th centuries to Queen Victoria’s beloved Balmoral, discover how romantic interpretations of the Scottish Highlands and Islands became enduring symbols of wider Scottish identity through Highland and military dress, royal visits, art, music, literature, and the beginnings of the Scottish tourism industry.

Featuring rich displays and iconic objects, the exhibition invites you to think again about the meaning and relevance of ideas that continue to define Scotland today.

Sponsored by Baillie Gifford Investment Managers

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Tartan suit owned by William Blackhall of Blackfaulds and made for King George IV's visit to Edinburgh in 1822
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Watch the exhibition trailer
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The Highlands, bagpipes and tartan – what comes to mind when you think of Scotland?

Take a look at our exhibition teaser trailer featuring some of the objects and images on display in the exhibition.
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Textile conservator Rosie Nuttall with an early 19th century jacket once worn by a member of the Highland Society of London.
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Wild and Majestic blog
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Go behind the scenes and find out about the making of Wild and Majestic on our blog.

Learn about the research and conservation work done in preparation for the exhibition and how it brought stories from the collection to life.
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Exhibition events


Wedding dress belonging to Isabella Fraser ©Inverness Museum & Art Gallery
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Wedding Gown in a Weekend

Sat 29 & Sun 30 Jun
Join historical dressmakers as they recreate the 18th century wedding dress of Isabella MacTavish Fraser in a single weekend.

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Silver brooch with Scottish pebbles in the form of a targe and broadsword, late 19th century
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Spotlight On: Wild and Majestic

Sat 29 Jun
Curator Rosie Waine explores how a romanticised ideal of Scotland became a badge of wider Scottish identity.

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Set of Highland bagpipes c. 1850
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Runrig and Highland History

Thu 4 Jul
Join Dr David Worthington, University of the Highlands and Islands, and former frontman of Runrig, Donnie Munro, as they discuss the links between music, history and land in relation to the Highlands.

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Exhibition book



Written by the exhibition curators Patrick Watt and Rosie Waine, the book which accompanies Wild and Majestic is now available for pre-order through our online shop.

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From our friends




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Abbotsford: The Home of Sir Walter Scott





Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford, near Melrose, is an iconic building which remains a key site in the history of European Romanticism.

Visit this enduring monument to the tastes, talents and personal tragedies of the famous Romantic author and poet, with a 50% discount for Wild and Majestic ticket holders. Show your exhibition ticket on arrival at Abbotsford to redeem the offer.

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