AFTER more than two years of behind-the-scenes activity, involving 250 workers, the wraps are finally starting to come off one of Scotland's most important cultural projects for a generation.
A FUNDRAISING campaign to help to create a vast "wall of treasures" inside the new-look Royal Museum building in Scotland's capital was launched yesterday.
AS THE flamboyant head of the National Galleries of Scotland, Sir Timothy Clifford transformed once-austere Scottish museums into colourful, eclectic places where paintings are complemented by curios, sculptures and fine furniture.
SCOTLAND'S secret millionaire is at it again. He may be one of the nation's biggest philanthropists, but Dr Walter Scott is also one of its most private benefactors.
MUSEUMS and galleries in Glasgow might be closed over the May bank holiday weekend as staff take industrial action over pay and conditions.
A SHAKE-UP of funding arrangements for Scotland's museums and galleries that would see Glasgow's collections put on a more equal footing with Edinburgh's is expected within weeks.
A LOST collection of exotic artefacts from the Pacific expeditions of Captain James Cook and the Scottish explorers who followed him to the South Seas has been rediscovered.
A NEW visitor attraction charting hundreds of years of beer-making history in Scotland's capital would be built under plans being drawn up by historians and enthusiasts.
THE hidden treasures of the vast collections of Scotland's universities are to opened up to a worldwide audience for the first time through the internet.
GREAT museums are encyclopaedias of the real.
THE Beaufighter was flying way too low, 16-year-old Peter Aitchison and his brother realised as they watched it from a hill above Belhaven Bay in East Lothian. It was 1943 and the brothers looked on in horror as the twin-engined fighter-bomber thundered over the bay to hit the beach at Tynninghame, its training flight ending disastrously as it ploughed into the shoreline trees in a massive ball of flame.
A £2 MILLION expansion of Scotland's major flight visitor attraction is set to be unveiled within weeks – the first phase of a £12 million overhaul of the site.
1 THE PAOLOZZI STATUES In the basement (level 0) of the National Museum of Scotland are four groups each of three bronze figures by sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.
SCOTLAND'S so-called "noisiest" museum clanks and rattles back into life today after a £10.5 million overhaul.
STEVEN CAMPBELL, WRETCHED STARS, INSATIABLE HEAVEN
Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow Print Studio
NATIONAL Museums Scotland yesterday put a brave face on three years of closures at its flagship building as new details were revealed of the £46 million refit.
STAFF at the National Library of Scotland have been voted the healthiest in Scotland thanks to a series of unique initiatives.
FOR years it has been a largely uncelebrated fixture in the National Museum of Scotland.