The National Museums Scotland press office handles UK and international media requests for the four national museums and our collection centre.

The press office team drives news and feature articles in addition to providing a timely and efficient reactive media enquiry service.

Contact the press office

For all media enquiries, press images and filming requests please contact:

Susan Gray
Communications Manager
Tel: 44 (0) 131 247 4088

Bruce Blacklaw
Communications Officer
Tel: 44 (0) 131 247 4165

Alice Wyllie
Communications Officer
Tel: 44 (0) 131 247 4288

Email: media@nms.ac.uk

Please note that all advertising emails should be directed to: 

Gillian Rae
gillian@themediashop-scot.co.uk.

Recent press releases

National Museums Scotland Launches a New Online Game in Partnership with Aardman

National Museums Scotland has launched a new online game featuring a lovable new character created in partnership with Aardman. The game allows players to use real objects from the Museum’s biomedical collections to care for a digital creature known as “Gen”.

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Kawarasaki Gonjūrō I as Hanakawado Sukeroku, from the series Thirty-six Selected Floral Parallels (Tōsei mitate sanjūrokkasen)

Heritage Lottery Fund Awards £950,000 for the National Museum of Scotland

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced its initial support for the next phase of the Masterplan to transform the National Museum of Scotland.

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Stone Age Jade from the Alps

A new display at the National Museum of Scotland will showcase National Museums Scotland’s rarely seen collection of Scottish Stone Age jade axeheads, alongside Tim Pomeroy’s contemporary sculpture, Axehead.

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National Museum of Scotland Celebrates 150 Years

The National Museum of Scotland today marks its 150th anniversary, installing a significant item first enjoyed by visitors 150 years ago. The 16th century Italian dish was among the original objects that wowed Victorian visitors when the Museum first opened in 1866.

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Red Arrows Headline Scotland’s National Airshow as Tickets Go on Sale

The Red Arrows will once again headline Scotland’s National Airshow on Saturday 23 July when the spectacular summer event takes to the skies at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune.

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National Museums Scotland and PCS Union Resolve Industrial Dispute

National Museums Scotland and PCS Union are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement which will bring to an end the long running industrial dispute over payment of weekend allowances.

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Life Support: Stories from the Royal Regiment of Scotland

A new exhibition, Life Support: Stories from The Royal Regiment of Scotland, will open at the National War Museum in Edinburgh, on Monday 25 April, to mark the Regiment’s first decade of operations.

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New Keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology at National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland has appointed Dr Katie Stevenson as its new Keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology.

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Ready for take-off

Aircraft and objects from one of the best and most varied aviation collections in Europe will be unveiled on Good Friday 25 March when two nationally significant Second World War hangars at the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian open following a major redevelopment.

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Reflecting Telescopes

A new display at the National Museum of Scotland will reveal the work of pioneering Scots in the development of the reflective telescope, Reflecting Telescopes opens on Friday 25 March.

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Museum Late: Celts

Idlewild will headline an evening of Celtic entertainment at Museum Late: Celts at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 13 May 2016.

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National Museum of Scotland counts down to galleries opening

National Museums Scotland is counting down to the opening of ten new galleries at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday, 8 July 2016.

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Build it!

The chance to help build a 1.5 metre LEGOⓇ brick model of one of the Lewis Chessmen and watch the construction of a 3.5 metre model of the National Museum of Scotland are two of the highlights of Build It! Adventures with LEGOⓇ Bricks, a series of events and activities taking place at the Museum from 29 January until 17 April.

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Celts

The first major British exhibition on the Celts for over 40 years will open at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on Thursday 10 March 2016.

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Fossil Hunters: Unearthing the Mystery of Life on Land

A collection of Scottish fossils which solve the mystery of how vertebrate life came to move from water to land will be displayed in a new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland entitled Fossil Hunters: Unearthing the Mystery of Life on Land.

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Work Begins on Major Project to Improve Edinburgh’s Chambers Street

Work to transform the streetscape outside the National Museum of Scotland on Edinburgh’s Chambers Street will start on Sunday 10 January.

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National Museums Scotland 2016 Programme

National Museums Scotland has revealed its exhibitions programme for 2016, including 10 new galleries, two aircraft hangars, Celts, fossils and some Monkey Business...

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Christmas and New Year at National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland has revealed its Christmas and New Year events programme.

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Museum Lates: Victorian Sensation

Karaoke, tattoos and magic will all be served up with a Victorian twist alongside a star musical line-up at Museum Lates: Victorian Sensation at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 13 November 2015.

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New to the National Collections

A fragment of the 2013 Chelyabinsk Meteor, a robot butler from the 1980s and a rare piece of glass sculpture by Pablo Picasso are among the fascinating objects featured in this display opening at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh this Friday, 23 October.

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Child’s Play

A talking doll from the 1890s from Thomas Edison, a toy nuclear power station from the 1960s and the 1990s Barbie-cam all feature in a new display, Child’s Play, opening at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh this Friday, 25 September.

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“Britain’s greatest pilot” reunited with infamous aircraft 70 years after he flew it

Captain Eric Brown CBE – often referred to as Britain’s greatest ever pilot - was today reunited with the Messerschmitt Me 163B-1a Komet at the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune.

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The Silversmith’s Art: Made in Britain Today

The Silversmith’s Art: Made in Britain Today will celebrate the exceptional artistry and skill that make Britain a world leader in modern silver.

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New recruit at National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland is delighted to unveil its new Head of Development. Margaret Clift McNulty, who is currently Head of Fundraising at the country’s leading disability charity, will join the National Museums Scotland team from next month.

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Museum to welcome equine giants

Dozens of Clydesdale horses will put their best hooves forward at the National Museum of Rural Life at Kittochside, East Kilbride this Sunday 19 July when they take part in the attraction’s annual Heavy Horse Show.

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New £12 million building unveiled at National Museums Collection Centre

A new state-of-the art collections research, access and storage facility was unveiled today at the National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh by Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Europe, Culture and External Affairs.

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I Love Museums

Wednesday 10 June sees the launch of I Love Museums, a new campaign to demonstrate the depth of support for UK museums.

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National Museums Scotland acquires Picasso's Capra

National Museums Scotland Acquires Rare Picasso Glass Sculpture for New Art and Design Galleries

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Copper accelerating cavity

National Museums Scotland Acquires CERN Component for New Science Galleries.

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Game Masters tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the hotly anticipated exhibition Game Masters, which opens on Friday 5 December at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Wellcome Trust grant to create Scottish centre for scientific engagement

The Wellcome Trust has today announced significant funding towards the creation of six new galleries of Science and Technology at the National Museum of Scotland, opening in 2016.

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Miniature painting of the court of the Nawab of Bengal, Alivardi Khan, by a Murshidabad artist, ca. 1750.

National Museums Scotland announces new exhibition, Indian Encounters

National Museums Scotland is proud to announce a new exhibition, Indian Encounters, will open at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 14 November showcasing a newly commissioned painting Casualty of War, by renowned contemporary British artists The Singh Twins.

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Heritage Lottery Fund grants £1.3m for National Museum of Flight redevelopment

National Museums Scotland is delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund has confirmed a grant of £1.3 million to help fund the transformation of two hangars at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune in East Lothian.

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Rare May Morris embroideries saved for the nation

National Museums Scotland is delighted to announce that a pair of rare embroidered hangings by the Arts and Crafts designer, May Morris has been saved for the nation.

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Acquisition of rare cabinet painted by Whistler

National Museums Scotland has acquired a magnificent maple cabinet designed by Edward William Godwin and painted by the renowned artist, James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

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Heritage Lottery Fund grants £4.85 million

National Museums Scotland is delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund has confirmed a grant of £4.85 million to help fund the implementation of the next stage of the Masterplan for the National Museum of Scotland.

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