Lecture or talk Adults

Woohoo! Let’s celebrate the new Scottish galleries at the National (in person)

National (National) Hawthornden Lecture Theatre
  • Tuesday 31 October, 12.45–1.30pm

Booking essential


The new rooms for historic Scottish art at the National open to the public from 30 September 2023. From that date much more of the nation’s very fine collection of Scottish paintings, works on paper and sculptures will be readily accessible, in a beautiful new set of galleries. The result of over ten years of planning, fund-raising, and implementation, this will be a key marker for both Scottish art and the National Galleries of Scotland.

In this lunchtime lecture, Co-Director and Assistant Curator of Celebrating Scotland’s Art: The Scottish National Gallery Project, Tricia Allerston and Freya Spoor, reflect upon the new displays. In the immortal words of Kool & the Gang: ‘Celebrate good times, come on. This is your celebration’.

To meet demand we are also offering an online live stream of the event. Space is very limited, please do not come to the event without a pre-booked ticket.

Event accessibility

Event accessibility

  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop

Gallery facilities

Detailed information on accessibility at the National Galleries of Scotland

Our partial Changing Places toilet has all of the facilities of a full Changing Places toilet, and though the floor area meets the overall size requirement (13.54m2 minimum), it is just a little too narrow to be classed as a full Changing Places toilet.

There are a limited number of small lockers available, but there is no space to store large items of luggage.

There is limited on street parking close by including for those with a blue badge. 

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Changing places toilet
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Café
  • Restaurant
Getting here

Getting here

The National can be found just off Princes Street in the city centre.

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  • Open daily, 10am–5pm
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

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Woohoo! Let’s celebrate the new Scottish galleries at the National (online)

Online via YouTube

Tue 31 Oct 2023

12:45 - 1:30pm


Booking essential

Lecture or talk Adults

Woohoo! Let’s celebrate the new Scottish galleries at the National (in person)

Booking essential


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