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Could you describe Scottish Pop music in just three words? In the trailer for our upcoming exhibition Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop, Scotland’s stars have a go…
Rip It Up opens at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 22 June 2018. Find out more and book your tickets at www.nms.ac.uk/ripitup. #RipItUp#ScottishPop#PopMusic#exhibition
Artist Phoebe Anna Traquair was born #onthisday 1852, she was a leading figure within the Scottish Arts and Crafts movement and worked in an extraordinarily wide variety of media. In 1920, Phoebe Anna Traquair became the first woman member of the Scottish Royal Academy, reflecting her status as a leading professional designer at a time when art and design were still dominated by men.
She was influenced by the poet, artist and visionary William Blake, by the Pre-Raphaelites and by her travels in Italy, her work was detailed and romantic, and her subjects often allegorical, religious or mythical. #Art#Artists#womenArtists#5WomenArtists#Traquair#Scotland
We're happy to #Shellebrate#WorldTurtleDay and have uncovered this beautiful porcelain jar from Japan (1670-1720), decorated with blue turtles. Our Japanese collection also boasts around 1,000 ceramics from the early modern period to the mid 20th century. Explore more at: www.nms.ac.uk/discoveringjapan #Turtles#Japan#Porcelain
Our #TuesdayThoughts are of this necklace by Charles de Temple, a pioneer in the method of melting and transforming gold into abstract forms embracing shape and texture. American born, London based jeweller, Charles De Temple (born 1929) was highly influential during the 1960s and 70s. www.nms.ac.uk/detemple This forms part of our #ModernistJewellery display at the National Museum of Scotland www.nms.ac.uk/modernist #Modernist#Jewellery#Design
This glittering gold disc is one of four found in 1858 in Orkney, in a prominent round barrow – one of the ‘Knowes of Trotty’. (‘Knowe’ is the word for a mound or hill.) Too large to be a button, it's likely it was worn on a special garment such as a cloak. Not only is it beautiful, but it also gives us an amazing insight into long distance travel in the Bronze Age. Find out how at www.nms.ac.uk/prehistoricgold. #prehistoricgold#neolithic#bronzeage#gold
Look who landed in our Museum this morning – astronaut Tim Peake! As the European Space Agency's first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station conducting experiments, walking in space and even running a marathon. What would you ask an astronaut? We got a chance to ask him a couple of quick questions, so take a listen to what he had to tell us! #SoyuzTour#TimPeake#Edinburgh#Scotland
This photo shows James and Margaret Reid of Wester Kittochside Farm on their wedding day in 1957.
The Reid family farmed the land at Wester Kittochside for over 400 years, before Margaret gifted the farm to the National Trust for Scotland. It is now managed by National Museums Scotland as part of the National Museum of Rural Life.
You can discover the story of the Reid family and their farming legacy here: www.nms.ac.uk/reidfamily #InternationalDayofFamilies#farming#NationalMuseumofRuralLife#WesterKittochside#weddings
Take a moment this #FashionFriday to follow the thread.... #Mode reveals 30 objects from the world of fashion, each with their own fascinating story to tell. This evening jacket was designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, one of the great innovators of haute couture in the 1930s, using it as a canvas for art and humour. Explore more at www.nms-mode.co.uk #Fashion#Style#Museums#InstaMuseum