Sarah Halford

Architecture and Ceramics

statues, parks, galleries

The National Museum of Scotland reopened last week after a complete refurbishment. I went along with a colleague to have a look at what has changed, and had a look around the new basement entrance and cafe, the revamped access arrangements [you no longer have to walk all the way to the annexed MoS to use a lift] and the new galleries.

The museum has always been one of my favourite buildings. In the summer of 2005 I was having quite a crummy time, and spent every lunchtime in the courtyard, sitting by the fish tanks and eating my sandwich. It was a very calming place, with lots of kids running around on the travertine. Here are some pictures I took at the time

Fab glass by a Fife artist Ray Flavell. He also exhibits in the V&A

This was an exhibit on how animals are trapped. Pretty gruesome!

Check out the amazing lighting effects on the taxidermied animals! They were all grouped into animals that lived in the same habitat.

On Friday Alex took some fantastic pictures of the reopened museum, and I’ll share some of those with you;

The birdcage courtyard was inspired by Paxton’s Crystal Palace. They’ve cleared out the fish ponds, which was a controversial decision.

In the upper galleries they have a great collection of ceramics, including these William de Morgan plates.

Contemporary Japanese pottery was interspersed with ancient in the Eastern Art gallery.

The extinct animals were mixed in with the animals that still roam the earth. Controversy!

This one is mine, it’s not as good as Alex’s photos, but it gives you an idea of how the new displays work. Density! Movement! Excitement! It’s a long way from the dusty alligator of 2005.

I sort of miss that dusty alligator.


One comment on “statues, parks, galleries

  1. helen
    August 2, 2011

    i’m sorry you had a crap time in the summer of 2005. I too had a crap time. If I’d known, I’d have come and had my sandwiches with you.

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