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National Museum of Scotland to get 10 new galleries

I was pleased to read that plans to add ten new galleries to the National Museum of Scotland were to go ahead.

It’s been a long time since I spent months visiting the galleries in the days when there was an admission fee, and I actually managed to spend all that time there for free!

Admittedly, this required all my visits to be made between 6 pm and 8 pm on Thursday evenings, when the admission charge being levied in those days was waived. However, various problems I was dealing with at the time meant I had that time free, and little else to do with it, so being able to scour the museum slowly was actually a handy diversion that kept me sane.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get back since the place was revamped, but maybe the new galleries will provide a bit more motivation, and I can save up for the trip.

Ten new galleries are to be created at the National Museum of Scotland for science and technology and art and design.

On Tuesday, it was announced a grant of £4.85m from the Heritage Lottery Fund will go towards what is the next stage of the museum’s masterplan.

The project, which will cost £14.1m, will see the galleries open in 2016.

They will explore the impact of scientific discovery and invention as well as the creativity of arts, fashion and design.

Over 3500 objects will be on display, with space in the museum increased by over 40%. Three quarters of the items have not been on permanent display for generations.

The grant means over £10m of the money is now in place, including £900,000 from the Scottish Government specifically for work on the roof of the west wing of the Victorian building.

It is the third stage of the museum’s £80m project to restore the building to its former grandeur.

Colin McLean, from Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “The recent transformation of the National Museum of Scotland has been an unprecedented success. Modern galleries with engaging interpretation have encouraged millions through the doors to explore the cornucopia of artefacts that lie within.

Via Ten new galleries to be created at the National Museum of Scotland | Edinburgh & East | News

The above picture (showing the main central gallery of the museum) is the first I have seen of the museum after its refurbishment, and comes as a surprise and disappointment (bearing in mind I have not had the opportunity to visit since the work was completed).

While the changes may have allowed more items to be brought out, I can see the Millennium Clock has been lost to this space, and apparently shunted into a more obscure location, after it once graced the entire end of the main gallery. Reading other comments, it seems that the fish pond, once a focal point and useful for rendezvous, and the café, have gone.

I hope the rest is better, to make up for what appear to be losses.

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