Scottish museums

Scottish museums

Museum visitors are going to have a ball with sphere

A GIANT sphere that has made appearances at the Eurovision Song Contest, Disney World and a Coldplay concert is set to offer insights into the Earth as part of the newly revamped National Museum of Scotland.

National Museum sets sail with the real Scots Master and Commander

HE WAS the Scottish seafarer whose exploits inspired the creation of the fictional English naval heroes Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey.

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Behind the scenes at Edinburgh's Royal Museum… a sneak preview during renovation

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.

'Wall of Wonders' campaign to complete cash call

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.

House of an art lover: Sir Timothy Clifford set to leave palatial £1.6m home

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.

Secret millionaire Scott hands museums £1m

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 hit by strikes over holiday weekend

MUSEUMS and galleries in Glasgow might be closed over the May bank holiday weekend as staff take industrial action over pay and conditions.

Funding shake-up will put Glasgow museums on a par with Edinburgh

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.

Museum digs up South Seas treasure

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.

Brewing's golden years charted in new museum

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.

Two million Scottish treasures to be shown to world for first time

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.

The Royal Museum of Scotland: A voyage of discovery

GREAT museums are encyclopaedias of the real.

Flights of Imagination

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.

Take-off for new attractions at Museum of Flight

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.

Best exhibit at the National Museum of Scotland

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.

Museum back in action after £10.5m upgrade

SCOTLAND'S so-called "noisiest" museum clanks and rattles back into life today after a £10.5 million overhaul.

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The shows go on as museum prepares for £46m refit

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.

Healthy result for library staff

STAFF at the National Library of Scotland have been voted the healthiest in Scotland thanks to a series of unique initiatives.

BT salutes its connections with the past

FOR years it has been a largely uncelebrated fixture in the National Museum of Scotland.

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