It’s now been almost nine months since the launch of artist pages on the new National Galleries of Scotland website. In that time, they have proven popular with users, with approximately 20% of visitors checking out an artist page, using it as a route to explore the artworks in our collections.

Latest Version of the Artist Browser (https://nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/artists)

With the new incarnation of the website, a key objective for us was to enrich the information that was available to the user. Previously, artist information was incorporated into our artwork record pages. …


Although many instances of museum interpretation that go beyond the label have had their day, the concept of an audioguide has persisted since its first implementation in 1952 by the the Stedelijk Museum. With this in mind, it seemed like an obvious area for the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) to revisit to see if we could enrich our offer to audiences, both in-gallery and beyond.

One of the first audio guides from 1952!. Image: Loic Tallon (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

We knew that the NGS had experimented with iOS apps for audio in the past, with mixed results. We believe this may have been primarily due to the limitations around our Wi-Fi infrastructure, but…


In recent days London’s National Gallery has been featured extensively in the press, as it prepares to open its latest major exhibition. Examining the relationship between architecture and the work of Claude Monet, it is touted as a triumphant world first, and the first major Monet exhibition in the UK in twenty years.

As a pedantic aside, they seem to have forgotten the Edinburgh exhibition Monet: The Seine and the Sea (2003), and the Royal Academy’s drawings and pastel show The Unknown Monet (2007)— Although with anything in marketing, its the way you say it that counts ;-)

Alongside the…


What I’m writing today isn’t so much a story or a post, as it is a provocation — about a problem that in today’s digital society is only becoming more and more important to recognise and that we, as museum professionals should be looking at how to address at every opportunity.

In the age of misinformation, how can the museum mobilise itself in defence of history and truth?

It’s something I’ve wondered about from time to time ever since the explosion of the term ‘Fake News’ in the aftermath of 2016. …


Coming into 2018, there’s plenty coming up in museum world that I’m looking forward to — with some fantastic exhibitions due to come to the UK, a brand new V&A in the heart of Dundee and hopefully some more projects I’ve been working on coming to fruition in the next few months. However, before I really get back to the grind, I’ve taken some time to reflect on the exhibitions I saw in 2017, recalling the narratives they told and the experience each gave to me as a visitor. …


The last two weeks has borne some excellent news for some ongoing museum projects in Scotland, in the form of funding announcements from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government.

First in Glasgow, a total of £20m has been pledged (£15m from the HLF, £5m from Scottish Government) towards the major and refurbishment of the Burrell Collection, almost a third of the total estimated cost. One of the UK’s most important collections, the Burrell has a rich mixture of European, Chinese and Islamic artworks and objects (to name but a few areas). The proposed redevelopment intends to open up…


One of the most enjoyable parts I found when working in digitisation is the little discoveries of weird and wonderful material that you come across in the green boxes of the print rooms. I have a huge personal list of prints, drawings, sketches and photographs that still make me smile, chuckle and ask “WTF?”. …

Terry Gould

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