Hello Pride Edinburgh! 🏳️🌈 A big welcome to everyone taking part in Pride Edinburgh this weekend! This gorgeous rainbow dress is on display in our #BodyBeautifulExhibition at the National Museum of Scotland.
Why not drop by and have a look? 👀 It’s FREE and open from 10:00-17:00 every day.
What do you do on a Friday afternoon? An intrepid group of young people led by Impact Arts have been spending their Friday afternoons at the National Museum of Scotland, exploring the galleries and creating artwork in response to what they discover.
Here's a selection of the work they created, inspired by designs for banners and trade badges and symbols uncovered in the Museum.
Looks like fun? Impact Arts' Cashback to the Future project is returning to the Museum this summer, and there are still some spaces available! This free four-week summer programme gives young people the chance to work with professional artists, musicians, filmmakers and actors on youth-led creative projects, culminating in a one-off showcase event at the end of the month.
The Highlands. Bagpipes. Tartan. This is Scotland. Or is it? . . Where did these ideas originate? And how did they come to represent Scotland around the world? . . Find out in our new summer exhibition, Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland, as it explores Scotland's journey into the global imagination. . . The exhibition opens at the National Museum of Scotland on Wednesday 26 June 2019 so check out our trailer here then book your tickets at www.nms.ac.uk/wildandmajestic (link in bio). #WildAndMajestic#Edinburgh#Exhibition#Tartan#Bagpipes#ScottishHistory#NationalMuseumofScotland
Happy Birthday King James VI and I 🎂 . The son of Mary Queen of Scots was born in Edinburgh Castle on this day in 1566. . By the time James was born, Mary's marriage had broken down and Henry, Lord Darnley had plotted against her and even been part of a conspiracy to murder her Catholic secretary, David Rizzio, in her presence.
One of the world's great physicists, James Clerk Maxwell was born in Edinburgh on this day in 1831. Maxwell is particularly acknowledged among scientists for combining the theories of electricity and magnetism into electromagnetism, described by Maxwell’s equations. However, his research was very wide ranging, as shown by the variety of objects in our collections linked to him. This model is a three dimensional graph, which represents the behaviour of an imaginary substance showing its solid, liquid and gas states. Maxwell’s model was based on equations by Josiah Gibbs (1839–1903), and showed the volume, energy and entropy of the substance. Maxwell sculpted the initial model in clay, which took several attempts, and then replicated it in plaster. #OnThisDay#InstaMuseum#JamesClerkMaxwell#Science#Edinburgh
The island of Eigg passed into community ownership #OnThisDay in 1997. . . We collected a drum made and used by writer and activist Alastair McIntosh in the campaign for the Eigg buyout in 1997. The drum was played at meetings and ceilidhs around the campaign to buy the island, and at events connected to land reform in the years since that time.. . You can find out more about this object and watch a film about our contemporary collecting in our #CollectingThePresent series at www.nms.ac.uk/collectingthepresent (use Explore the Collections link in the bio)
Mary of Guise died on this day in 1560 at Edinburgh Castle. Born in France, she married James V, King of Scots, in 1538.
James V of Scots died just six days after the birth of his daughter Mary in 1542, who was crowned Mary Queen of Scots aged just nine months in 1543. Mary of Guise acting as regent of Scotland on behalf of her daughter, was the first woman to rule in Scotland.
Gender identity on the catwalk 🏳️🌈 A 2015 survey* found half of respondents age 18-34 do not consider gender to be binary. At a time when LGBTQIA+ rights are under increasing threat worldwide, the visibility of trans models is considered paramount to redefining beauty standards and changing attitudes.
Our #BodyBeautifulExhibition displays examples from fashion creatives who disrupt fashion’s traditional signifiers of gendered identity.
In 2017, Condé Nast launched LGBTQ platform Them, bringing gender inclusivity into the mainstream media. The following year, Paris Lees became the first transgender columnist for British Vogue as well as the first openly trans person to feature in its pages, and was named in its 100 Most Influential Women. However, the Autumn 2019 catwalks reported only 56 trans and non-binary castings - down from 91 in the previous season. The LGBTQIA+ community also continues to call for more meaningful representation of trans, non-binary, gender-fluid and queer identities in fashion. @_charlesjeffrey
Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY’s ‘Tantrum’ collection was an exploration of pain and its narrative considered the perception of gay pride and confidence, confronting Jeffrey’s experience of growing up gay in Glasgow. The menacing, oversized silhouettes throughout the collection were designed to be akin to animalistic gestures, intended to protect from predators.
The limestone statue has been at Montrose Museum since 1837, but little was known about it… until now. The statue was donated to the newly formed museum in 1837 by Montrose-born Dr James Burnes, a relative of the poet Robert Burns. It depicts a female temple musician called Meramuniotes, who lived between 332-30 BC. The back of the statue is inscribed with a long, hieroglyphic text which has been fully translated for the first time. It discusses her family, her role in the temple and her wishes for the afterlife.
Her parents, siblings and descendants were all involved in the temple priesthood of ancient Thebes, and the inscription tells us that she played the sistrum – a percussion instrument - in the temple of Amun-Ra. Her mother, Nehemesratawy, held this same role, and they may even have worked together. Statues commemorating other members of her family can be found in museums in Cairo, Turin and London.
You can see this remarkable statue on display at Montrose Museum as part of the Discovering Ancient Egypt touring exhibition. The exhibition examines Scotland’s contribution to Egyptology through the lives of three remarkable people: Alexander Henry Rhind (1833-1863), Annie Pirie Quibell (1862-1927) and Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819-1900). Discovering Ancient Egypt is on at Montrose Museum from 7 June – 7 September 2019. Find out more about the tour at www.nms.ac.uk/egypttour
This #VolunteersWeekScot we’re highlighting some of the work of many our fantastic volunteers at National Museums Scotland. One of these volunteers is David Horsfield, who has been volunteering with our Natural Sciences department for nearly ten years.
We asked one of our Volunteer Guides Sheila to tell us her favourite objects from our new East Asia Galleries.. . “I have been involved in presenting a 30-minute tour in the new East Asia gallery and with around twelve hundred objects on display, this is quite a challenge. I love the fact that there are both very old and contemporary objects on display. It is really hard to choose definite favourites, as there are so many beautiful and fascinating items, but two definite contenders are the Korean chrysanthemum shaped cup and stand dating from the Goryeo dynasty 918-1392AD. Then in sharp contrast, visually and technically, is the modern glass created by Choi Keeryong who studied at Edinburgh University and works here in Edinburgh. The glass is decorated with imaginary writing which has no meaning and he uses ‘manufactured’ mass produced items from bone China teapots for the base and lid! Fun!" . . Our next free guided tour of the East Asia Gallery is on Saturday 8 June, I hope you can join us https://www.nms.ac.uk/toureastasia (link in bio) #VolunteersWeek#VolunteersWeekScot#volunteers#Instamuseum#objects