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FACE TO FACE WITH 4,000 YEARS OF HISTORY

As National Museum of Scotland opens three new galleries, we discover the stories of some of the Scots who discovered the treasures on display
Dr Margaret Maitland with the gilded mummy mask of Montseuf

Over the last fifteen years, the National Museum of Scotland has been undergoing an £80 million transformation of its iconic Victorian building. This has taken place in phases. The building closed in 2008 for significant structural interventions, re-opening in July 2011, with thousands of people queuing outside in Chambers street. Then, in 2016, ten further new galleries opened, devoted to science, technology, decorative art, design and fashion.

Over the period of this major redevelopment, the National Museum of Scotland has become the most popular visitor attraction in the UK outside London, welcoming over 2.3 million visitors in 2017. The transformation was completed on 8 February this year with the opening of three new permanent galleries: Ancient Egypt Rediscovered, Exploring East Asia and Art of Ceramics.

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About History Scotland

The March/April issue of History Scotland is packed full of the latest research news and in-depth reads from experts in the fields of Scottish history, heritage and archaeology. Highlights include: 'The Stewart Queens of Scotland: Margaret of Denmark. New research on the life of Margaret, who reigned alongside James III of Scots Scottish coastal history: a wide-ranging overview of Scotland’s coastline over the centuries A guide to Agricola’s campaign in Scotland Curator review of the new Ancient Egypt Rediscovered gallery at National Museum of Scotland Underwater archaeology at Loch Tay New excavations at the prison of Mary Queen of Scots in Sheffield Castle Plus: Family history advice, archaeology dig reports and finds analysis, history of art series and lots more…​