City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

National Museums Scotland listings 18 February to 31 March 2008

By Editor - Posted on 12 February 2008

National Museums Scotland listings

18 February to 31 March 2008


Hysterical History of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

Hawthornden Court

Sun 24 February



Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2007: Jewellery

National Museum of Scotland

Special Exhibition Gallery

Until Sun 2 March


From the ethereal headpieces of woven nylon to contemporary
mourning brooches that gradually transform from black to gold and whimsical
jewellery made from vintage buttons and toy animals sourced from eBay.

The Jerwood Applied Arts Prize is the UK’s
most prestigious prize in the applied arts. It is run annually by the Crafts
Council and Jerwood Charitable Foundation over a six-year cycle, with a
different medium represented each year: jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glass,
furniture and metal.

This display showcases work of the short-listed jewellery
makers: Nora Fok, Yoko Izawa, Grainne Morton, Mah Rana, and joint winners Susan
Cross and Adam Paxon.


Silver: Made in Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

Until Sun 27 April

Adult £6, Concession £5,
Members/children 12 and under free

Book now online at or call 0870 421 4299

beautiful, versatile precious metal has long symbolised wealth, power, status
and success. In this never-to-be-repeated exhibition see over 350 shining
examples, past and present, from a ‘mazer’ linked with Robert the
Bruce to a teapot crafted for Billy Connolly.

the glittering tradition of silversmithing in Scotland over seven centuries
and, as we commemorate the 550th anniversary of hallmarking in Scotland,
find out about the ancient Incorporation of Goldsmiths that oversees the craft.
Unearth the stories behind the makers, objects and owners and delve into the
science of silver.

Royal Museum Project: Your
Museum is Changing

Crafts Gallery

Fri 8 February–Sun 27 April


The £46 million transformation of the Royal Museum building
into a museum for the 21st century is underway.

Your Museum is Changing chronicles
the history of the building and reveals the plans for its future. For almost
150 years the Royal Museum has
inspired visitors from around Scotland and across
the world. Explore the changes that have taken place over the years through
archive footage and images. Find out why things are changing now, how the
transformation will be realised – including which galleries will be
closed when – and the benefits the refurbishment will bring. A computer generated
‘fly-through’ and artist’s impressions offer a ‘sneak
peak’ of what the revamped museum will look like from 2011.


National Museum of Scotland

Science at the Museum

Connect Gallery

Every Sat and Sun

11:45/12:45/13:45/14:45 (20 mins)


Come along to our free events every weekend in Connect. Find
out about science in the real world in Meet
the Scientist
or enjoy a free Super
Science Show
. Age 5+. Limited space (seating for 20).

Silver: Made in Scotland – Exhibition

Main Hall

Tue 5 February–Fri 25 April (Every Tue and Fri)

Tue 15:00/Fri 12:00 (1hr)

Free with valid exhibition ticket

Book now on 0131 225 7534

Find out more about Silver:
Made in Scotland
on a guided tour. A valid exhibition ticket is
required. Book in advance and meet your guide at the Totem Pole in the Main
Hall. Places limited.

Sunday Morning

Main Hall

Sun 24 February

10:45 (1hr)


Enjoy a relaxing Sunday brunch at
Café Delos to the soothing sounds of talented young musicians.

Silver: Made in Scotland – Lecture

Lecture Theatre

Tue 26 February

14:00 (1hr)

£5/£4/Members free

Book now on 0131 247 4422

As we celebrate the 550th anniversary of hallmarking in Scotland, join George
Dalgleish, Principal Curator of Scottish History, to find how we can
identify individual makers from the hallmarks on their surviving wares.

Edinburgh Lecture – Inside Out: Buildings and their Landscapes

Lecture Theatre

Thu 28 February

18:30 (1hr 30mins)


Gareth Hoskins, architect for the Royal Museum Project,
discusses the connections between buildings and their surrounding landscapes. Tickets
available from The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, tel 0131 473 2000, or online at

Silver: Made in Scotland – Talk:
Precious Creations: Old Values, New Technology

Lecture Theatre

Sat 1 March

14:00 (1hr 15mins)

£5/£4/Members free

Book now on 0131 225 7534

Silversmith Grant Macdonald discusses how his 21st-century
workshop is embracing new technologies whilst retaining the craftsmanship and
quality of the past.

Silver: Made in Scotland
Watercolours in the Museum

Main Hall 13:30 (2hrs)

Sun 2, 9, 16, 23 March

£20/Conc £16

Book now on 0131 225 7534

Artist Karen Clulow leads a four-week course using
watercolour techniques to create images of silver, gold and glass objects from
the collections. Includes entry to Silver:
Made in Scotland
. Places limited. Please bring your own materials.

The Royal Museum Project - Lecture

Lecture Theatre

Tue 11 March

14:00 (1hr)

Members free

Book now on 0131 247 4422

Join Jem Fraser, Project Director, to hear how the
multi-million pound Royal Museum Project will transform this magnificent
Victorian building by making it fully accessible, creating new visitor
facilities and redisplaying many of the galleries.

Precious Medicine: Gold – A Green
Metal for the 21st Century - Lecture

Lecture Theatre

Sat 8 March

14:00 (1hr 15mins)

£5/£4/Members free

Book now on 0131 247 4422

Dr Chris W Corti, Consultant to the World Gold Council,
reveals gold’s ‘green’ properties and discusses its potential
to address pollution and create novel approaches to medical diagnostics and

Precious Prints: Photography’s Golden
Legend – Lecture

Lecture Theatre

Sat 15 March

14:00 (1hr 15mins)

£5/£4/Members free

Book now on 0131 247 4422

Photographic historian and chemist Dr Mike Ware explores
alternative processes for creating extraordinary photographs using precious
metals, and discusses his work on the New Chrysotype, a chemically
sophisticated version of the original gold-printing process.

Discovered in the Museum and the Zoo: New Species of Monkey
and Big Cat


Fri 21

14:00 (1hr)


now on 0131 242 4422

to exotic destinations across the globe can lead to dramatic discoveries of new
mammals and birds. Dr Andrew Kitchener, Principal Curator of Birds and Mammals,
reveals how many new species are actually discovered much closer to home in
zoos and museums.

‘Thanks for the Memories’ Symposium


Tue 25

18:30 (1hr)


now on 0131 247 4422

celebratory evening taking a nostalgic look at some of the key people and
events in the history of the Royal Museum. Join our panel for surprises, laughs and recollections as we bid
a temporary farewell to the building in its current form.

National Museum of Flight

Workshop: Make and Take


11:30–13:00/14:00–16:00 (20mins)


Bring the kids along to a Make
and Take
workshop where they can have fun making toys, using
everyday objects, from cotton-reel tanks and paper planes to camouflage
bandanas. Age 3+.

National War Museum

Commando Country

Until Sun 27 April

Included in museum admission

It’s June 1940. British forces are being forced to
evacuate Norway and France. Britain faces
imminent invasion. Drastic measures are required.

Commando Country examines the country’s response to
this dire situation. Special training centres were set up in the Highlands to train
Commando forces to strike in enemy-occupied Europe. First-hand
reports and personal items provide compelling accounts of secret raids, enemy
sabotage and deadly missions. Would you have managed to stay the course?

Museum addresses:

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers
St, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

National War Museum, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

National Museum of Costume,
Shambellie House, New Abbey, Dumfriesshire,

DG2 8HQ. Now closed until 21 March 2008

National Museum of Flight,
East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian. For updated opening times see:

National Museum of Rural Life, Wester Kittochside, Philipshill
Rd (off Stewartfield Way), East Kilbride, G76 9HR

For booking, opening times and location details, contact National
Museums Scotland on 0131 247

National Museums Scotland

Chambers Street

Edinburgh EH1 1JF

Uncover the largest and most dazzling display of Scottish silver ever seen:

For more on what’s on at the Museums
throughout 2008, please see:


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