National Museums Scotland Listings Until 9/14 Feature COMMON CAUSE, THE ACCIDENTAL FOLD and More

National Museums Scotland Listings Until 9/14 Feature COMMON CAUSE, THE ACCIDENTAL FOLD and More

The National Museums Scotland's listings until September 14th are below. They include exhibits such as Common Cause: Commonwealth Scots and the Great War, The Accidental Fold, Danie Mellor's Primordial: SuperNaturalBayiMinyjirral and more. There are also events for families such as the Museum Holiday Mash-Up. Many tours are also available. Look below for more information.

National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

Scotland Creates: A Sense of Place

9 May - 31 August 2014

Grand Gallery, Level 1


How do we express our Sense of Place? Since 2012, young people from across Scotland have worked with staff at National Museums Scotland and at four partner museums, to explore what they felt was important about where they come from. They chose objects from the National Museum of Scotland and their local museums, for exhibitions in 2013. This final exhibition, the culmination of their project, showcases their choices and ideas, expressed through art, music, dance and films. Find out more about the Scotland Creates project here.

Ming: The Golden Empire

27 June - 19 October 2014

Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3

Cost: Adults £10/£8; Child (age 12-15) £6.50; Under 12s free; National Museums Scotland Members free; National Art Pass holders 50% discount

A collection of original artefacts from the Nanjing Museum, including Chinese National Treasures, introduce key aspects of the Ming dynasty, focusing on the remarkable cultural, technological and economic achievements of the period. Exquisite luxury items and rare objects reveal the wealth and opulence of the Ming imperial court, including the iconic blue and white porcelain with which the period is synonymous, sumptuous silk textiles, gold and jades, and rare examples of elaborately enamelled cloisonné. This will be the only UK showing of this internationally significant exhibition, which has been produced by Nomad Exhibitions in association with Nanjing Museum.

Sponsored by Baillie Gifford Investment Managers.

Common Cause: Commonwealth Scots and the Great War

11 July - 12 October 2014
Exhibition Gallery 2, Level 3


Explore the stories of the Scottish diaspora and the war experiences of Commonwealth nations during the First World War. Through poignant objects from five key Commonwealth nations (Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand and South Africa) as well as newsreel footage, photography and the words of participants, discover how the war was experienced and commemorated in different parts of the British Empire. Then find out how military service was related to other expressions of Scottish identity and culture, such as Caledonian societies, Presbyterianism and piping.

This exhibition is supported by the International Division, Scottish Government and is part of the Year of Homecoming 2014.

The Accidental Fold

17 - 25 July 2014

Sculpture Gallery, Level 5


The Accidental Fold explores the hidden beauty of found objects - things dropped or discarded, destined to decay and disappear. Saskia de Brauw rescues them from their fate and transforms them into works of fragile beauty. Large scale colourful prints are exhibited alongside the sculptures within the gallery.

Saskia de Brauw is a leading international model. Over ten years she has developed an innovative body of work incorporating elements of photography and performance art as well as text and graphics.

Presented in partnership with the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival.

Danie Mellor's Primordial: SuperNaturalBayiMinyjirral

1 August - 23 November 2014

Grand Gallery, Level 1


Inspired by objects from National Museums Scotland's World Cultures Collection, acclaimed contemporary Australian artist Danie Mellor presents sculpture and work on paper that explores his own indigenous and European heritage. With works focusing on fauna, Aboriginal life and landscape, and science and exploration, alongside technical references to European art, Mellor's work is uniquely relevant to the breadth of National Museums Scotland's collections.

Presented by National Museums Scotland and the Edinburgh International Festival. With the support of Michael Reid, Sydney, Australia.

National War Museum

Edinburgh Castle, EH1 2NG

Open 09:45-17:45 daily

Next of Kin

18 April 2014 - March 2015

Free with admission to Edinburgh Castle

1914 brought war to Scotland on an unprecedented scale. How did families cope with the absence and loss of their loved ones? Through a selection of family treasures, this exhibition reveals the profound personal experiences of Scottish families during the First World War, and the methods used to remember those they loved.

Next of Kin will tour eight venues around Scotland until 2018 and will be accompanied by digital and learning resources. Each venue will develop additional content related to their local areas which will be captured and preserved in an online resource. Find out more at

Supported by the Culture Division, Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund.


National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

Open 10:00-17:00 daily

For Adults

Ghosts in the Gallery

29 July, 14:15-14:45
Free, drop-in

Join us for a pop-up performance by a soprano, tenor and pianist in the Kingdom of the Scots gallery. Featuring some of the most poignant and beautiful songs from Western classical music, Ghosts in the Gallery explores love in the face of the sacrifices and challenges endured during the First World War. Presented by the Edinburgh International Festival.

Spotlight on: Common Cause

17 July, 14:00-15:00
Free, booking required

David Forsyth, co-curator of Common Cause, explores the experience of individuals and regiments from the Scottish diaspora who joined the war effort in 1914-18, and analyses their often complex national identities.


19 July, 14:30-15:30
Free, booking required

Leading knitwear designers including Steinunn Sigurd (Iceland), knitting duo Arne and Carlos (Norway) and Brora (Scotland) discuss their passion for knitting and their inspiration.

Nordic Knitathon

19 & 20 July, 11:00-16:00
Free, drop-in

Bring your own knitting (and needles), get a preview of new knitwear designs and knit your own bit of a giant woolly artwork. Arranged by the Danish Cultural Institute in association with Edinburgh International Fashion Festival.

Danie Mellor in Conversation

2 August, 14:00-15:00
Auditorium, Level 1
Free, booking required, Book online or call 0300 123 6789

Join artist Danie Mellor and Dr Alison Bracker from the Royal Academy of Arts, London as they discuss his new exhibitionPrimordial: SuperNaturalBayiMinyjirral which draws inspiration from objects in the museum's World Cultures collections.

Museum After Hours

8, 15 & 22 August, 19:30-22:30
Cost: £16, £14 Members and Concessions, age 18+, includes admission to Ming: The Golden Empire exhibition. Book online or call 0300 123 6789

Enjoy a unique flavour of the Fringe and explore our galleries after hours across three exhilarating nights, each with hand-picked performers, music, bars and our spectacular exhibition, Ming: The Golden Empire.

Open Studies Summer Course: Scottish Textiles

11 August, 10:30-17:30
Cost: £36, £24 Concessions. Book at

Using our displays as inspiration, this day course explores the history of Scottish textiles, from the 19th century to the present day.

Open Studies Summer Course: Ming China and its Material Legacy THIS COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

19 & 20 August, 10:30-16:30

Led by tutor Stephen McDowall, this two day course offers an introduction to the history of Ming dynasty China (1368-1644), with a particular focus on the objects and images the people of the Ming left behind. Includes exhibition entry.

Evening Lecture: As Precious as a Ming Vase?

10 September, 18:30-19:30
Auditorium, Level 1
Cost: £6/£5 Members and Concessions, booking required. Book online or call 0300 123 6789

Who, what and when were the Ming? And why has their porcelain become shorthand for something rare and precious? Broadcaster, ceramics historian and China enthusiast Lars Tharp explores the story of China's most famous luxury export and reveals some of his own Ming discoveries.

For Everyone

Free Fringe Music

2 - 24 August, 14:00-14:40

Free, drop in

From bold brass to fabulous fiddlers, soprano soloists to singer/songwriters, enjoy daily live music performances, showcasing the best contemporary talents from Scotland and further afield. See for full programme.

In partnership with Live Music Now.

For Families

Museum Holiday Mash-Up

30 June - 3 August

Free, drop-in

School's out, kids in! Join us for five weeks of daily drop-in summer fun inspired by some of our favourite collections from Scotland and around the world. There's a different theme and activity each week so check back here for times and details.

Summer Science

14 - 20 July, 12:00-16:00

Learning Centre Level 4

Free, drop-in

Enjoy simple science making activities inspired by our collections.

Watch out for some pick-a-pocket mini science around the galleries too!

There's Treasure Everywhere

13 - 15 September, 12:00-16:00
Free, drop-in

Take part in a range of activities to explore treasures found in Scotland. From silver hoards to grave secrets, discover what was buried and why.

Part of Scottish Archaeology Month.

Ming for families

21 - 27 July, 12:00-16:00

Grand Gallery, Level 1 and Learning Centre, Level 4

Free, drop-in

Discover more about Ming: the Golden Empire and Chinese culture at that time through taster sessions with our friends from the Confucius Institute for Scotland. Write your name in Chinese characters, learn special knot-tying, practice beautiful pottery patterns and more.

Magic Carpet

Wednesday during term time

10:30 and 11:30 (25 mins)

Suitable for ages 2-4 (+ their adult)

Free - sign up on day at Info Desk, Entrance Hall, Level 0, as places are limited

The National Museum of Scotland's magic carpet introduces little ones to some of the fantastic things in the museum through 20 minutes of stories, songs and activities. Join us as the carpet visits a different gallery or theme every week. Look out for special guests too!

Magic Carpet Minis

Thursdays during term time

10:30 and 11:30 (20 mins)

Suitable for ages 0-2 (+ their adult)

Free - sign up on day at Info Desk, Entrance Hall, Level 0, as places are limited

Join the National Museum of Scotland for magic carpet sessions for really little ones and their adults. Go along for songs, stories, rhymes and objects in the unique museum setting.

Feely Fridays

Fridays during term time, 13:30-16:30

Free, drop-in

Feely Fridays gives you the chance to explore our fascinating handling collections - from meteorites to mammals and Vikings to Victorians! Check out information screens on the day for details.

Daily tours

Join one of our free daily tours and spend an hour exploring some of the highlights of the National Museum of Scotland.

NEW! Discover the National Museum

Daily at 11:00 (1 hr)

Venue: Tours leave from the Meeting Point, Entrance Hall, Level 0


From stunning Victorian architecture to the Lewis Chessmen and Dolly the sheep, this tour will give you a flavour of all the National Museum of Scotland has to offer.

Scottish Galleries highlights tour

Daily at 13:00 (1 hr)


Tours leave from the Meeting Point, Entrance Hall, Level 0

Follow the story of Scotland through fascinating objects on this highlights tour.

Themed tour

Daily at 15:00(1 hr)

Tours leave from the Meeting Point, Entrance Hall, Level 0


Looking for a more in-depth experience? We offer a wide range of themed tours. Ask at the information desk or check our website for forthcoming tour titles

National Museum of Flight

East Fortune, EH39 5LF

Open 10:00-17:00 daily

Holiday History: The First World War

7 July - 14 August (Mon-Thu only)

Cost: Included in museum admission.

Discover the role East Fortune airfield played in the First World War this summer. With the outbreak of the First World War, the British Admiralty was tasked with establishing a seriesof home defence airfields. East Fortune was chosen due to its proximity to the North Sea.

Scotland's National Airshow 2014

26 July, 10:00-17:00

Cost: Pre-booked tickets: Adult £17/£15.50, Child £8.50 (under 5 free), Family (2 adults, 2 children) £42.50. On the day: Adult £20/£18, Child £10 (under 5 free), Family (2 adults, 2 children) £50. Go to to see how to book

Scotland's National Airshow is a spectacular day out for all the family. See aircraft old and new take to the skies for an afternoon of breathtaking aerial displays, including the return of the Red Arrows to East Fortune. Back on the ground you can meet the pilots and explore our hangars. Then take part in children's activities, fairground rides and pick up a tasty snack.

National Museum of Rural Life

Wester Kittochside, Philipshill Road, East Kilbride G76 9HR

Heavy Horse Show

20 July, 10:00 - 17:00

Cost (includes museum admission): Adult £8/£7, Child £4.50 (under 5 free), Family (2 adults and 2 children) £23. National Museums Scotland Members free.

Get up close to nearly 200 horses at one of Scotland's biggest heavy horse shows. From Shetlands to Clydesdales, watch the horses compete in a range of classes. Children can take a pony ride or make a hobby horse in our kids' craft session.

Country Fair

31 August, 10:00-17:00

Cost (includes museum admission): Adult £8/£7, Child £4.50 (under 5 free), Family (2 adults and 2 children) £23. National Museums Scotland Members free.

Join us for a celebration of all things rural. Meet farmyard creatures in our animal marquee, have a ride on our toy tractors and experience country skills and traditional crafts. Watch the sheepdog trials and have a go at stock judging.

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National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian EH39 5LF
National Museum of Rural Life, Wester Kittochside, Philipshill Road, East Kilbride, G76 9HR

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Notes for Editors: National Museums Scotland looks after museum collections of national and international importance and provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display.

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