This porcelain tea set was used in a pop-up café in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games of 2014. Over the products of Empire – tea, coffee and sugar – visitors to the Empire Café discussed how Scotland's role in the transatlantic slave trade is being understood in new ways. It is now on display in our Scottish galleries, where it sheds new light on the existing historical objects.
“And then, upon all sides, what a clashing of Architecture!" - Robert Louis Stevenson . Stevenson was born #OnThisDay in 1850 in #Edinburgh. He was raised in New Town and the city influenced him throughout his life. What do you think of his assessment of The Mound? . Pictured: Woodblock depicting The Mound, Edinburgh, wood, one of a collection of woodblocks of illustrations used by W. & R. Chambers Ltd, 1840s - early 20th century . #RLSDay
“At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…” . Today marks 100 years since the end of the #FirstWorldWar on 11 November 1918. . During #WW1, soldiers, sailors and airmen who died abroad were buried where they fell. Many had no marked grave. . This led to the creation of a new culture of grief. New practices included building local and national war memorials, standing silent for two minutes on #RemembranceDay, and wearing a poppy to remember a fallen loved one. . In #Scotland, as in other parts of the world, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of remembrance in the aftermath of the war. It endures today. . These framed poppies were made in the original factory on the Royal Mile during the first year of production in Scotland (1926). They're on loan from Lady Haig's Poppy Factory, where veterans continue to make all of Scotland’s poppies. . #ThePoppy: A Symbol of Remembrance is running at the National War Museum at @edinburghcastle until 27 January 2019. Admission is free with entrance to the Castle.
“British silversmithing leads the development and debate around contemporary craft, with Britain firmly at the world’s centre for contemporary silver. Silver has now become a medium of choice for makers for the expression of ideas; Metal is their language. Silver long out of favour is now being rediscovered and enjoyed by a new generation of makers and consumers.” . Join design critic and curator Corinne Julius to find out how leading #silversmiths are reworking the heritage of their craft, pushing the boundaries of silver as a material and using it as a vehicle to express ideas. . Corinne will discuss the myriad qualities of silver and how #silversmiths use a combination of head, heart and hands to produce their work. From the concept and its development, to the processes used in its making - these are all inherent components of the final work. . Corinne will showcase the work of an extremely talented, diverse group of silversmiths, all of whom are pushing the boundaries of techniques and making – from the traditional to the cutting edge. . The #Glenmorangie Annual Lecture takes place on Tuesday 4 December at the National Museum of Scotland in #Edinburgh. The event begins at 19:00, with doors opening at 18:15 for a complimentary glass of Glenmorangie Original, courtesy of our partner. Visit nms.ac.uk/glenmorangielecture ---------------------------- Pictured: Pure silver raised and chased vessel by Julie Blyfield
King Robert was born Robert Bruce, and as well as owning substantial estates in the south-west, he boasted a claim to be King of Scots, which his family had been pursuing since the death of Alexander III in 1286. . 🚨 SPOILER ALERT 🚨 . Bruce’s opportunity to press this claim came suddenly and violently in 1306, when he stabbed his main political rival to death at Greyfriar’s Kirk in #Dumfries. This act of sacrilege was hardly an auspicious start, and during the first year of his reign Bruce suffered a series of reversals that reduced him to the status of an outlaw in his own kingdom. . However, his audacious and inventive leadership gradually enabled him to gain the upper hand in the armed struggle with England. . This is an impression of the first Great Seal of King Robert I, produced c. 1306 – the period in which Netflix's #OutlawKing is set. This is the reverse of the seal, showing Bruce armed like a knight on horseback, representing the king’s role as the kingdom’s chief war leader. . Uncover objects relating to #RobertTheBruce with Dr Callum Watson, one of the film's Historical Advisors in our latest blog post (link in bio).
"For me, the Museum was a place filled with wonder… It makes me proud to know that my MBE medal is on display there, where people can see it. I hope that it will inspire other people to follow their dreams." The MBE in question belongs to Scottish supermodel, broadcaster and curator Eunice Olumide, who has donated it to the Museum along with other objects that tell the story of her life.
Eunice has worked for top designers including Prada and Alexander McQueen. She has appeared in films such as Ab Fab: The Movie and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. She runs her own fashion label and established The Olumide Gallery in London. She was awarded an MBE in 2017 for services to broadcasting, the arts and charity. This portrait, also on display in the National Museum of Scotland, was taken by Ioannis Koussertari, with styling by Kim Howells at Rankin’s Hunger Magazine, and hair was by Terry Barber, with creative direction from Olumide Gallery. Eunice is wearing a blazer by Scottish designer Pam Hogg.
You can see Eunice's objects in the Scotland: A Changing Nation gallery at the National Museum of Scotland. Find out more and watch a film in which Eunice reflects on her personal journey at http://www.nms.ac.uk/collectingthepresent
Meet Akhenaten, pharaoh, rebel and husband to Queen Nefertiti. Over 3,000 years ago, he upset the established order in Ancient Egypt, replacing the old religion with a new worship of the sun. After his death, his monuments were destroyed in an attempt to erase him from history. Now his fascinating story will be told in our new Ancient Egypt Rediscovered gallery, which, with your support, will open in spring 2019 alongside our new East Asia and Ceramics galleries. Find out how you can donate to our Transformation Appeal and be part of the story at http://www.nms.ac.uk/transform (link in bio). #BePartOfTheStory#AncientEgypt
Flowers or feathers? This woman's hat of black straw is trimmed with black ostrich feathers and brown chicken feathers, cut to resemble flowers. The hat was worn at the Black Ascot - in the aftermath of the death of King Edward VII in 1910 attendees at Ascot dressed in black as a show of respect for the late monarch: French, 1910
#Happybirthday 🎁 to artist and designer Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, born #onthisday in 1864. This picture shows a detail from a gesso panel designed by Mackintosh entitled 'Summer', in which a stylised Art Nouveau figure of a woman and four infants represent the fecundity and greenness of the season. Gesso is a white material made from chalk or gypsum and bound with animal glue. It is known to have been used as far back as ancient Egypt, where it provided a base for both painted wall panels and coffins. #Mackintosh#GlasgowStyle
Lulu was from the only resident #KillerWhale pod in the UK. She stranded after becoming entangled in fishing ropes (Tiree, Inner Hebrides, 2016). . Lulu was at least 20 years old but had never produced a calf. A blubber sample revealed that she had the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) ever recorded from a marine mammal. PCBs were banned in the 1980s. . Only eight whales remain in Lulu’s pod. . Find out what else is New to the National Collections at the National Museum of Scotland in #Edinburgh until 24 February 2019. Admission is free.
Did you know that kingfisher feathers aren't actually blue?
This is just one of the fascinating facts you'll learn in our latest blog post, by conservator Bethan Bryan, as she explains how she has brought back to life a 19th-century ceremonial helmet from China.
https://blog.nms.ac.uk/ This image shows a detail of the plumes which adorn the conserved helmet - Bethan's done an amazing job!
The helmet will be on display in the new East Asia gallery, due to open at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 8 February 2019.
Find out how you can be part of the story at http://www.nms.ac.uk/transform
Do you wear a poppy? . While the red poppy remains an image of remembrance for many, for others its meaning has changed in response to contemporary events. . Through a variety of objects, photographs and interviews, #ThePoppy exhibition explores the manufacture of poppies in #Scotland and the charitable work of the poppy appeal. It also presents a reflection on recent debates about what some regard as the politicisation of the poppy as a symbol. . The Poppy: A Symbol of Remembrance is on display until 27 January 2019 at the National War Museum: nms.ac.uk/thepoppy . #FirstWorldWar#Poppy#NationalWarMuseum