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National Museums Scotland 2018 programme

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The history of the poppy, Scottish samplers, the story of Scottish pop and the art of glass are among the highlights of the 2018 programme at National Museums Scotland.

National Museums Scotland has revealed its exhibitions programme for 2018. The major programme will explore a diverse range of themes from pop music to poppies, wildlife photography to the art of glass.

Wildlife and the story of Scottish pop

Taking over the Museum’s largest exhibition gallery for the first time, Wildlife Photographer of the Year (19 January -29 April) presents 100 extraordinary photographs exploring the beauty, diversity and fragility of life on Earth. The most prestigious photography event of its kind in the world, for more than 50 years Wildlife Photographer of the Year has showcased the very best in nature photography from around the globe.
 
 
On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, it features photographs displayed on large-format, backlit panels. Visitors can come face-to-face with some of nature’s most astonishing and challenging sights and learn how the photographers captured their award-winning images. The exhibition is supported by Players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
 
Music history
 
Spanning a period from the 1950s to the present day, Rip it Up: The Story of Scottish Pop (22 June-25 November) is the first major exhibition ever mounted on this topic. It will take in diverse movements from dancehall to the emergence of pop in an explosion of colour in the 60s, through the 70s and New Wave, from global stars right up to today’s outstanding newcomers. 
 
The exhibition, supported by Baillie Gifford Investment Managers, features instruments, costumes and clothing, memorabilia, props, photographs and, of course, music as well as interviews and archive footage collated in partnership with BBC Scotland. Among the huge range of artists and bands featured in the exhibition will be Lonnie Donegan, Gerry Rafferty, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Lulu, The Rezillos, Midge Ure, Simple Minds, Garbage, Franz Ferdinand and Young Fathers.
 
A three-part BBC TV series along with BBC digital and radio content will bring another dimension to the story through the voices of those who made the music, those who witnessed it from behind the scenes, and the fans who lived for it. 
 
Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers (26 October 2018-21 April 2019) showcases an extraordinary collection of Scottish samplers on loan from a private collector in the USA. Samplers are embroidered pictures which, in the 18th and 19th centuries, were made by children as part of their education. The collection has been researched over a number of years, with the identity of each of the makers being established through painstaking research across Scotland.
 
The samplers include details of family, local towns, buildings and events, as well as religious verses and symbolic images, and provide a unique record of the lives of everyday people. Samplers are also touching personal records of children’s lives, made by hand in their formative years and recording the things most dear to them. The exhibition is an unparalleled opportunity to see this collection back in its home country.
 
The Poppy: A Symbol of Remembrance (30 March 2018-27 January 2019) at the National War Museum will coincide with the centenary of the conclusion of the First World War. It marks the culmination of National Museums Scotland’s commemorative programme of events and exhibitions relating to the conflict. It will explore the history behind the poppy and its emergence as a symbol of remembrance, the manufacture of poppies in Scotland, comparative international traditions and a reflection on recent debates about what some regard as the politicisation of the poppy as a symbol.

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