National Museum of Scotland: Oil

The National Museum of Scotland is the icing on the cake of the Edinburgh tourist scene.  Whilst other big-name tourist attractions will bring the visitors flocking to this most beautiful of cities, the discovery of the Museum is a fantastic bonus which has something for everyone, all ages and will keep you interested for hours on end.

On the crisp autumnal evening I last visited the two immediate advantages of visiting the museum are apparent.  Its toastie warm inside, and the majority of the exhibitions are free.  So, entertaining the kids in the warmth on a budget?  This is the perfect location.  And they will love it, and so will you.  

First glimpse onto the gallery is an imposing view.  A beautifully lit Victorian building, airily inviting, with different avenues hosting a whole range of different themes.

My visit today was to see the exhibition AGE OF OIL.  The oil industry, in Scotland, is of course a significant factor in the Scottish, and indeed the UK economy.  Indeed, there aren’t too many discussions over the independence debate that don’t inevitably include the word ‘oil’.  However, rarely is the dirty old industry celebrated in art, so I was intrigued to see what would be on offer when I arrived at the museum.


Primarily the exhibition focuses on the work of the artist Sue Jane Taylor, who has spent time on the rigs in the north sea and around the land operations in such places as Aberdeen.  She has recorded what she has viewed with some crisp drawings and paintings which bring home the severity of  the conditions many workers have to deal with.

Unfortunately, by the time you read this article this particular exhibition will have ended, but there is a steady stream of interesting and diverse events to witness.  I had time to venture into a neighbouring display highlighting the progression of engines and mechanics which was equally fascinating.

A trip to Edinburgh should always include a visit to the museum.

Steve Heald
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Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of the Museum