On Day 16 of #MuseumAdvent we're winging our way to National Museum of Flight to the home of a 1930s painted silver Dragon. The DH84 Dragon offered affordable passenger flying and opened up air services to many, particularly in Scotland. See our DH84 Dragon among one of Europe's best aviation collections. Today and tomorrow #ThanksToYou there's free entry to National Museum of Flight for The National Lottery players. T&Cs apply, see: https://www.nms.ac.uk/freeflightentry
The Mexican Silverspot, Dione moneta, is a species of butterfly known for the brilliance of its silvery spots. Day 13 of #MuseumAdvent has revealed this particular specimen, which is one of 11 Mexican Silverspot butterflies in our collection and once formed part of the original insect displays. .
It can be found from the southern United States through to South America. The impressive silver spots are the result of hundreds of tiny scales which coat the wings and form the patterns. Some of the scales are covered in ridges which help refract light, producing iridescent and metallic hues that appear to change depending on your viewpoint – this is called structural colour and is used by a diverse range of animals. .
Countdown to Christmas with our Sparkling Silver Advent Calendar here: https://www.nms.ac.uk/museumadvent #Christmas#Silver#InstaMuseum#Museum#ChristmasTime#Christmas2017#AdventCalendars#AdventCalendar2017#maryqueenofscots#onthisday#history#Scotland#entomology#nature#butterfly
#MuseumAdvent#12 features the conservation of artefacts from the Dairsie hoard for in our #EarlySilver exhibition.
The Dairsie hoard is just one of the several hoards that were conserved for Scotland’s Early Silver exhibition. The hoard was discovered by a metal detectorist at Dairsie in Fife in 2015. You can read more detailed information the conservation of artefacts from this precious silver hoard on our blog at blog.nms.ac.uk.
Scotland's Early Silver exhibition runs until Sunday 25 February 2017.
Our final winning student, Delores Zhou, was drawn to the challenge of illustrating something that was just white, with no additional colour, and selected ‘Sculpture look’ by British designer Craig Green, from his Spring/Summer 2015 collection. #fashion#fashionillustration#EdinburghCollegeofArt#CraigGreen
The second winning fashion illustration in our project with Edinburgh College of Art is by Skye Bending.
Skye was inspired by the story behind this striking ensemble, featuring Turkish trousers and a top in the Farquharson tartan. The outfit was owned by Frances Strickland Lovell Oldham, who was a fashion editor for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar before marrying the clan leader of Invercauld. #fashion#fashionillustration#EdinburghCollegeofArt#tartan
This autumn, we invited fashion students from Edinburgh College of Art to develop illustrations in response to garments in our Fashion and Style gallery. Representatives from the college and the museum selected three winning illustrations from the project, which proved to be a difficult task as the standard of work was extremely high.
Katie Griffith Morgan, one of the winning students, chose an iconic dress by Rei Kawakubo, which is padded with tulle and can be manipulated on the body to achieve a variety of silhouettes. The dress is from Kawakubo's ‘Body Meets Dress’ or ‘Bump’ collection for Comme des Garçons, Spring/Summer 1997. #fashion#fashionillustration#EdinburghCollegeofArt#ReiKawakubo
Buried around the middle of the 5th century AD, this hoard of Roman silver from Traprain Law in East Lothian is the largest known from outside the Roman Empire.
We've uncovered the Traprain Law treasure on day 9 of our #MuseumAdvent, and amongst it is a wide range of vessels, including items decorated with characters from classical mythology side by side with others featuring Biblical scenes and Christian symbols. Read more at https://www.nms.ac.uk/traprain or see it up close our Scotland's Early Silver exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland until 25 February 2018.