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William Alexander, 11th Duke of Hamilton (1811–63)

Regional Curator Sarah Beattie is back with another blog exploring the lives of some of the Hamilton family, and the impact they had on the building, collections and interiors at Brodick Castle.

The ideal souvenir

The second in our series A Student’s View, looks at the origins of ‘ideal’ beauty and why we collect souvenirs.

Working from home, then and now

With many people currently experiencing the pros and cons of working from home, we wondered how weavers and their families managed to do it almost 200 years ago!

Garters at the National Trust for Scotland

This Valentine’s Day, join Vikki Duncan, Curator for our North region, to find out more about two very different sets of garters in our collection.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh – a modern couple

Discover more about the Mackintoshes’ romantic relationship and their progressive thinking.

Hebridean fleas, false teeth and fine dirigibles

A new Radio 3 documentary and some newly uncovered letters cast further light on Margaret Fay Shaw’s life in South Uist in the 1930s.

The Great Eight at Broughton House

Sarah L Jackson, a guide at Broughton House & Garden, tells us what to look out for at the property.

Winter warmers

Get that cosy feeling with a selection of winter wraps and woollies from our costume and textile collection.

‘From Camera to Canvas’ exhibition walk through

Take a walk with us through Edinburgh City Art Centre to experience our exhibition ‘E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas’.

The Lorimer archives

Enjoy a brief overview of the Lorimer archive collection held at Kellie Castle.

E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas – events

Although our fantastic exhibition is closed, you can still experience it and our collections through the online exhibition events programme.

Susan, Duchess of Hamilton (1786–1859)

Join Regional Curator Sarah Beattie as she continues to explore the lives of the Hamilton family and the impact they had on the building, collections and interiors at Brodick Castle.

The Great Eight at Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park

Susan Mills, Head Education Guide at Brodick Castle, tells us about some of her favourite things to look out for at the property.

A tale of two champions: the fight for freedom

In the second part of our blog, Regional Curator Sarah Beattie takes a closer look at the lives of Molineaux and his trainer, and their experiences as black boxers in Britain in the early 1800s.

New traditions for Christmas 2020

As we approach a Christmas that’ll be like no other, we turn to our collections for inspiration and invent some new traditions for 2020.

The past in the post – a special delivery from yesterday!

In this second post about Agnes Toward’s letters, we take a closer look to learn more about life in Glasgow during the early and mid-20th century.

Margaret Fay Shaw’s first Christmas in Britain in 1920

Folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw, from Pittsburgh and Canna, describes her first British Christmas in London, on holiday from school in Helensburgh.

A Canna Christmas

Join Canna archivist Fiona Mackenzie at her fireside in Canna House for a special insight into Christmas in the Hebrides.

Collections Diaries – Princess Marie’s Napoleonic coins and medals at Brodick Castle

Discover how we’re protecting and promoting an internationally important collection of coins and medals from Brodick Castle, previously owned by Princess Marie of Baden.

High Water at Glasgow Bridge

In conjunction with our Facing Our Past project, a unique clock at Pollok House provides a clue to the 18th-century commercial interests of the Maxwell family.

Written in the stars

Explore the astrological signs through objects from our historical collections!

The past in the post

Agnes Toward, of the Tenement House, held onto many letters throughout her life, from which we can learn about bygone eras.

What’s Up with Hornel

An exhibition at Edinburgh City Art Centre called E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas is very interesting and doesn’t take long to see.

Tokens of remembrance

November is a month for remembrance, both privately and publicly.