Sunday, 19 October 2008

National Museum of Scotland exhibition for November

A new exhibition entitled Treasured: Wonderful Things, Amazing Stories, opens on Friday 14th November at the National Museum of Scotland (Chambers Street, Edinburgh).

Featuring over 300 of the most extraordinary objects in the museum's collections, drawn from the four corners of the globe and spanning across centuries, the exhibition celebrates the wonder and diversity of the National Museums’ world-class collections.

From a Sumatran tiger to a Victorian corset, Treasured will be an eclectic mix of the spectacular, extraordinary, precious and personal. The exhibition, opening on 14 November, will provide a link to the Royal Museum collections during closure, casting new light on familiar objects and also giving a first glimpse of some of the objects which will feature in the redeveloped National Museum of Scotland when it re-opens in 2011.

The exhibition will focus on five main themes. Spectacular will look at spectacular highlights from the collections –from Roman glass through to 19th century ceramics. Precious examines items which are prized for their rarity, value or significance, from precious metals such as gold through to objects such as a carved ivory lantern, which highlight how precious materials are used in different cultures.

Personal looks at objects which reflect our identity, such as clothing and jewellery – with the chance to try on a Victorian corset and even some replica Samurai armour. Extraordinary covers those stories, natural and man-made, which have the capacity to amaze us – from a barometer used by James Watt to natural wonders such as a dinosaur footprint.

Amazing Stories, the final section of the exhibition, brings together objects which have fascinating stories, such as those of William Spiers Bruce, Scotland’s greatest polar hero, and Constance Gordon Cummings, the writer and painter who travelled the world in the late 19th century.

Some of the highlights on show in Treasured are:

An Enigma machine, the famous de-coding machine used during the Second World War.
A 19th century headdress decorated with kingfisher feathers
A silver travelling service used by Napoleon’s sister, Princess Pauline Borghese
A sample of the oldest rock on earth.

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