With ten new galleries opening, the National Museum of Scotland sheds a light on the very best of its collections in decorative art, design, fashion, science and technology. ¾ of the items have never been on display before.
Among them is a more than 100-piece silver gilt travelling set made for Napoleon's sister Pauline, on her marriage in 1803. It includes combs and brushes, crystal bowls, bottles and glasses, toothbrushes and a tongue-scraper – along with tea and coffee pots, and a jug and wash basin. Preparing their exhibition has taken more than 250 hours of conservation work.
Wonder indiscriminately at the first Dunlop pneumatic tyre, hand-painted 18th-century French wallpaper, and a jacket designed by Schiaparelli and donated by Frances “the Fabulous” Lovell Oldham, fashion editor of Vogue.
Whether an artist, designer, scientist, engineer or simply curious, come and walk the aisles to draw tomorrow's creations from past inspirations.
National Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh EH1 1JF
8 July 2016
From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.