National Museums Scotland reveals its exhibitions programme for 2019
Exhibitions exploring romantic visions of Scotland, robots and conscientious objectors are among the highlights of the National Museums Scotland 2019 programme, announced today (16 November 2018).
The 2019 programme, which was announced today, will feature the unveiling of three new permanent galleries at the National Museum (more details here) plus major exhibitions taking in 500 years of robotics, diversity in fashion, the fascinating world of parasites and the story of how highland traditions came to be adapted and established as enduring international symbols of Scottish identity as a whole.
Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland
The major summer exhibition Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland will explore how in the era of the European Romantic movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, Scotland became the subject of international fascination.
By the end of Queen Victoria’s reign, an adaptation of the cultural traditions of the highlands had become fixed as a representation of wider Scottish identity. The exhibition will show how this romanticised ideal of Scotland was not purely invention, as cultural traditions were preserved, idealised and reshaped to suit contemporary tastes against a background of political agendas, economic and social change from the end of the Jacobite challenges to the reign of Queen Victoria.
Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland is supported by Baillie Gifford Investment Managers and runs from 26 June to 10 November.
2019 National Museums Scotland programme
At the National War Museum in Edinburgh Castle, Conscience Matters (8 March 2019 to 23 February 2020) is the result of a major research project into conscientious objectors in Britain led by the University of Edinburgh. During the Second World War, over 60,000 people registered their objections to fighting in the Second World War on grounds of conscience. The exhibition reveals the stories of the men and women who chose not to fight for religious, political or moral reasons.
For more on National Museums Scotland, visit their website.
(Knox landscape copyright National Galleries of Scotland, Quarna coffin copyright Stewart Attwood)