National Museum of Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland has galleries dedicated to the natural world, art and design, technology and world culture, as well as a separate section covering the story of Scotland from pre-history to present day. Whether you are a space enthusiast or go gaga over ancient relics, there is a room for you. The spectacular Grand Gallery spans four stories and holds the largest single museum installation in the UK: Window on the World. It showcases a range of objects from all of their other collections, with such unexpected highlights as the jaws of a sperm whale, a four-seater racing bicycle and a gold-inlaid armour from Iran. There are also plenty of opportunities if you prefer hands-on action to contemplative viewing – from interactive games to stepping into a Gemini space suit. Culture, education and play rolled into one. “I’m just off to the museum darling – to CONTROL A ROBOT ARM!”.
Movements: Devices of Wonder2:30pm – 3:30pm, £6.00National Museum of Scotland
Deus ex machina is probably one of the oldest dramatic plot devices. Professor of Theatre at Hull University Christopher Baugh explores some of the relationships between technology and performance and...
Movements: Wind Instruments in Period Performance2:30pm – 3:30pm, £6.00National Museum of Scotland
Period performance has been famously dubbed ‘the most modern sound around’. Clarinettist and Director of the Royal College of Music Professor Colin Lawson discusses the value of using period instruments...
Movements: Cybraphon2:30pm – 3:30pm, £6.00National Museum of Scotland
Cybraphon, the autonomous and emotional robot band, joins the permanent collection of National Museums Scotland, and Alexander Hayward is joined by Professor Simon Kirby of FOUND, Mark Daniels of New...
Movements: The New Leonardos2:30pm – 3:30pm, £6.00National Museum of Scotland
Hamish Innes-Brown from the Bionics Institute Melbourne draws on the experience of commissioning music for cochlear implant users to explore how artists utilise and influence technology. Chaired by Stephen Allen...
Movements: Brian Eno2:30pm – 3:30pm, £6.00National Museum of Scotland
Music since recording is a new art form, which bears only as much resemblance to traditional, performed music as cinema does to theatre. What are the special characteristics of this...
Movements: From Stein to Steinway2:30pm – 3:30pm, £6.00National Museum of Scotland
The modern piano is as different from Mozart’s piano as a Mercedes from a horsedrawn carriage. But what effect did changes in the instrument have on the music written for...
Movements: Irvine Arditti and Margaret Faultless2:30pm – 3:30pm, £6.00National Museum of Scotland
The Arditti Quartet’s acclaimed founding violinist, Irvine Arditti and Margaret Faultless, worldrenowned specialist in historical performance practice, discuss string playing techniques past and present in the company of BBC Radio...