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Alongside being a customs officer, Charles Peach was also a respected naturalist and fossil hunter. His notes convey the beauty of the natural world and he even describes one occasion where the water looked like sheets of flame!
You can see a microscope that belonged to Charles Peach and some of his beautiful notes on display in our Enquire gallery at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
#Nature #Art #Illustrations #Research #Edinburgh


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Buried around the middle of the 5th century AD, the stunning hoard of Roman silver from Traprain Law in East Lothian is the largest known from outside the Roman Empire.

On the 100th anniversary of its discovery, we are hosting a symposium where speakers will discuss new research on Roman silver and its impact in early medieval Scotland and across western Europe.

Symposium: Silver and Europe AD 200–600
10 May at the National Museum of Scotland
Free, booking essential
www.nms.ac.uk/silversymposium
#Scotland #History #Silver #Treasure #Archaeology


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On #WorldWaterDay💧we consider how billions of people across the globe still lack access to clean drinking water. In some of these areas, modern Pasteur Chamberland style filters are still used to clean contaminated water..
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Charles Chamberland worked with Louis Pasteur and invented the Pasteur Chamberland filter in 1884 in order to produce clean water for use in experiments. This filter allowed people to purify water at home without indoor plumbing. The filter came in a variety of shapes and sizes for use in the home, at work or industrially..
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You can see a Pasteur Chamberland filter from the late 19th century on display in our new Ceramics gallery at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
#WorldWaterDay #SeeTheWholeStory #Ceramics #History #Museums #Edinburgh


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#OnThisDay in 1901, the RRS Discovery ship launched in Dundee.

During the long winter months of the ship's expedition in the Antarctic, the crew made a magazine called The South Polar Times, which features cartoons and songs, alongside more serious expedition accounts. The first volume includes this delightful character 'Mr Frostbite'. Following over a hundred years and many adventures in the Antarctic with Captain Scott, the @DiscoveryDundee now sits back in Dundee alongside a fantastic new museum neighbour @VADundee

#AccidentalWesAnderson #Dundee #DiscoveryDundee #Antarctic #TheSouthPolarTimes #Zines #Illustration


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Contemporary Ugandan artist, Sanaa Gateja, transforms waste paper into statement pieces. This shawl connects thousands of multi-coloured beads, made from recycled paper.
To create the beads, waste printed paper is salvaged, cut into strips, and rolled into tubular beads which are then coated with a clear varnish to strengthen and protect.
Read more at nms.ac.uk/sanaa (link from bio)

#GlobalRecyclingDay #Uganda #Art #Fashion #Recycling #SanaaGateja


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This #SundayMorning we invite you to delve the details from this artwork by Elizabeth Whyte Schulze. In this piece called Mapuche, Schulze combines traditional basket making with contemporary storytelling.
The handprints in the painting refer to rock art around the world and were inspired by a famous site in Patagonia, called the #CaveofHands. With the handprints, Whyte Schulze reminds us that the past still matters.

See the full art work on display in our Artist Legacies gallery at the National Museum of Scotland in #Edinburgh or explore more online at http://nms.ac.uk/mapuche (link in bio) #WomenArtist #Art


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Meet the Qilin. In China, this mythical creature is carved into stone sculptures, animated on lacquer art, painted on porcelain and described in poetry and literature. But what exactly is a Qilin? .
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The Qilin is a bit of a mystery. Over hundreds of years, the form has changed and there is no exact record of how it looked. In this 17th century example, it has horns, the scales and body from a dragon, the hooves of a deer, the tale of a lion. and it is surrounded by sacred flames. .
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Intrigued? Then visit our Inspired by Nature gallery at the National Museum of Scotland or visit nms.ac.uk/Qilin (can link from bio) to find out more.
#SeeTheWholeStory #Qilin #Art #China #MythicalCreatures #WednesdayWisdom


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Meet Valkyrie: standing 1.8m tall, with white armour and a glowing blue NASA emblem on its chest, this robot is the stuff of science fiction.
But Valkyrie is very real indeed, and there's one right here in Edinburgh…

In spring 2016, a NASA Valkyrie prototype took up residence at the Robotarium – the cutting-edge research facility of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics. Here, researchers and PhD students are doing groundbreaking research to help prepare Valkyrie to operate in the most inhospitable environments on Earth – and on Mars!

And you can meet Valkyrie – through an interactive touchscreen display – in our Robots exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland.

Want to know more? Read our latest blog post to find out about the pioneering research being done at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, and how you can experience it in the Robots exhibition: https://blog.nms.ac.uk/
Robots is open at the National Museum of Scotland until 5 May 2019. Find out more and book your tickets at http://www.nms.ac.uk/robots

Developed by the Science Museum.
Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

#RobotsExhibition🤖 #RobotsExhibition #Robots #RobotsofInstagram #Robotics #EdinburghCentreForRobotics #🤖
@NASA @NASAJohnson @EdinburghUniversity @HeriotWattUni


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🐉🐉Two dragons wrap themselves around the exterior of this Korean lacquer box, their two heads meeting gracefully in the centre. In East Asia, dragons symbolise strength and help to bring rain, because they are thought to live among the clouds. Visit our new gallery at the National Museum of Scotland to see this Korean lacquer box on display or see how it was carefully prepared for display here: https://www.nms.ac.uk/lacquerbox
#SeeTheWholeStory #Conservation #MuseumConservation #Lacquer #LacquerArt #Korea #Art


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Our touring exhibition Discovering Ancient Egypt is now open at Hawick Museum! 🙌

Bringing together fascinating objects and hidden stories from the collections of National Museums Scotland and Hawick Museum's own collection, this exhibition uncovers how ancient Egypt captivated Scotland over 200 years ago, as it still does today.

Pictured here are exhibition curators Dr Dan Potter and Shona Sinclair, with a wooden jackal from the exhibition.

Find out more at http://www.nms.ac.uk/egypttour

Supported by @HeritageFundUK

#AncientEgyptTour #AncientEgypt #NationalHeritageLotteryFund


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Our Conscience Matters exhibition opens at the National War Museum today.

During the Second World War, over 60,000 men and women chose not to fight for religious, political or moral reasons. This exhibition follows the stories of these conscientious objectors including Scottish author, Fred Urquhart, and poet, Edwin Morgan, and will examine the application process, the reasons people had for opposing conscription, and what happened to them as a result.

On display at the National War Museum at Edinburgh Castle from until 26 January 2020.

Find out more at: www.nms.ac.uk/consciencematters #ConscienceMatters


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#OnThisDay in 1957, Ghana gained independence from Britain. .

These gold weights were essential for trade in West Africa until the end of the 19th century, when Britain abolished gold-dust as a currency and replaced it with the British pound sterling. .

These come from the Akan region in West Africa, and were produced from around 1400 to 1900. Made from imported European brass, they show how materials, ideas and technology have been exchanged for centuries. .

Akan gold weights appear in two main forms: geometric and figurative. The tiny sculptures usually carry symbolic meaning and depict scenes from proverbs. They give us a glimpse of how the rich language of proverbs permeated every aspect of Akan culture and shaped the way people communicated.
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See these gold weights on display in our #AfricanMetalwork display, showing until 25 August 2019 at the National Museum of Scotland. Read more about them at nms.ac.uk/goldweights (link in bio) .

#GhanaIndependence #Ghana #Akan


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