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We will be opening many of our places over the coming months. Some places will remain closed.

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Morton Schools Project – Literacy (ages 11–14)

In light of the recent temporary closure of schools in the UK, the Morton Photography Project Team have created some resources and activities based on photographs from our historical collections.

Morton Schools Project – Social Sciences (ages 4–5)

In light of the recent temporary closure of schools in the UK, the Morton Photography Project Team have created some resources and activities based on photographs from our historical collections.

Morton Schools Project – Social Sciences (ages 5–8)

In light of the recent temporary closure of schools in the UK, the Morton Photography Project Team have created some resources and activities based on photographs from our historical collections.

Morton Schools Project – Social Sciences (ages 8–11)

In light of the recent temporary closure of schools in the UK, the Morton Photography Project Team have created some resources and activities based on photographs from our historical collections.

Puppies, pussycats and ponies – the pets of Canna House

We’ve compiled some images and stories about the pets of Canna House to celebrate National Pet Month.

The history of photography at the National Trust for Scotland

Our photographic holdings stretch from photos taken soon after the birth of photography to modern digital cameras and images.

Dressed to impress

Cabinet cards? Carte-de-visites? What does it all mean? We’ll be exploring the differences between the two mediums using a selection of photographs featuring fantastic outfits.

Upcycling with the Lorimers

Whilst you’re spending lots of time at home at the moment, perhaps you could take some inspiration from the very creative Mary Lorimer at Kellie Castle. Take a look at our gallery for some home improvement ideas.

Schooldays gone by

As schools across the world close their doors, we explore some of the images of schools and schoolchildren in our photographic collections.

The benevolent Elizabeth, Duchess of Gordon

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re publishing a series of blog posts written by our volunteers and staff, highlighting both historical female characters and their influences at their properties.

Cartomania: the portrayal of women in carte de visites

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting historical female characters and their influences at our properties.

Lady Augusta Kennedy-Erskine: from illegitimate daughter to lady of the house

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re publishing a series of blog posts written by our volunteers and staff, highlighting both historical female characters and their influences at their properties.

15 intriguing objects

We have lots of fascinating items at our places, many of them with amazing stories to tell ...

Leith Hall – a restoration of rocks

A long-standing project to restore the Rock Garden at Leith Hall will finally be completed in spring this year.

The trailblazer that was Caroline Norton

This Women’s History Month, we’re publishing a series of blog posts written by our volunteers and staff. Our second post explores the life of Caroline Norton.

All is vanity

Haddo House has loaned an important painting to the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris for an exhibition, ‘Cézanne and the Masters. Dream of Italy’.

Solas event week on Canna – call for papers

*Postponed until spring 2021*. The Margaret Fay Shaw ‘Solas’ DVD launch will inspire a week-long event on Canna.

Gossiping at Kellie

Known in Fife as ‘gossip chairs’ these small seats were a favourite with the architect Robert Lorimer. This example from the 1890s was gifted to Kellie Castle in January 2020.

Scraps of the past – Violet Brodie’s photo albums: Part II

Follow in the footsteps of Violet Brodie by exploring her scrapbook photo albums.

Gregg violin woos the windy city

The Gregg violin tour of the US reaches Illinois, visiting schools, care homes, the UK Consul General’s residence, a Scots pub, and a very special history centre on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Peacocks on the move!

These birds have flown to nest temporarily in an exhibition at Tate Britain, in a show devoted to the later 17th century and the first to explore baroque art in Britain.

Gregg violin played on Capitol Hill

The Gregg violin is played inside the US Library of Congress, and at a Scottish Universities Alumni Burns Supper in Washington DC.

A Man’s A Man For A’ That

Alistair McCulloch plays the Gregg violin in the home of Frederick Douglass – writer, orator, abolitionist campaigner (and Burns fan!).

Gregg violin mingles with the stars at the BAFTAs in Los Angeles

The Gregg violin is played at a Burns-themed BAFTA bash in Los Angeles.