National Museum of Scotland Gets £1.3m to Launch Six New Galleries

National Museum of Scotland Gallery. Photo: Courtesy of the Museum.
National Museum of Scotland Gallery. Photo: Courtesy of the Museum.

The Wellcome Trust has awarded £1.3 million to Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland to help fund the creation of six new science and technology galleries, BBC News reports.

The new galleries are slated to open in 2016, and set to become a major hub for science communication and pedagogical engagement in the UK. The vast science and technology collection amassed by the National Museum of Scotland runs the gamut from 11th-century scientific instruments to cutting-edge 21st century equipment. According to the Edinburgh Reporter, the new displays will emphasize contemporary scientific developments and aim at encouraging debate and discussion.

The funds given by the Wellcome Trust will be used in particular for developing the biomedical science area. The topics covered will include the science of biogenetics, research of new pharmaceuticals, and advances in prosthetics and body implants.

“Championing excellence and innovation, the new Science and Technology galleries will provide inspiration for the scientists and engineers of tomorrow,” Dr Gordon Rintoul, Director of National Museums Scotland, told the Edinburgh Reporter. “The generous support of the Wellcome Trust will enable us to reveal the richness and complexity of science, especially biomedical science, for our public, engaging and inspiring audiences for years to come.”

The development of the science and technology galleries follows the £46 million renovation of the National Museum of Scotland’s Victorian galleries, which welcomed 5.5 million visitors since launching in 2011.


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