Ten new galleries for the National Museum of Scotland
July saw the unveiling of ten new galleries displaying more than 3,000 objects in the National Museum of Scotland. From May Morris’ intricate embroideries to Picasso’s Capra sculpture, Dolly the Sheep to a 1930s Pedoscope, four art and design galleries and six science and technology galleries are brimming with artefacts and treasures, many of which haven’t been on display for a generation. The development is the third stage of an ambitious £80 million project to restore the Victorian museum to its former glory and create inspirational visitor experiences.
World’s first 3D holographic display of a human brain
Neurosurgeons and clinicians will gain new insight into identifying and treating a number of neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s and Motor Neuron Disease, because of pioneering work taking place in Edinburgh by Holoxica. The specialist holographic 3D visualisation company has created the first ever 3D digital hologram of human brain fibre connections from an MRI scan. It could be used, for example, to help in the earlier diagnosis of ALS/Motor Neuron Disease by assessing neuron damage before clinical symptoms appear. It is expected that holographic 3D visualisation of medical images will have a profound impact on medical science in the years ahead.
The best city in the UK for a third year
Scotland’s capital has retained its title as best city in the UK for an impressive third year in a row. Edinburgh beat London to the top spot in a list compiled by The Telegraph. The newspaper said: “The winner for the third year in a row. Why? From the history-soaked medieval tenements, vennels and wynds of the Old Town to the sweeping elegance of the Georgian New Town, Edinburgh deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and compelling cities in the world.”
Access all areas at the Anatomical Museum
A new interactive app will allow global audiences to tour the University of Edinburgh’s Anatomical Museum for the first time. The free app will reveal areas of the Museum and Old Medical School not usually accessible to the public. Users are able to pick individual objects to learn more about their history, including the skeleton of infamous serial killer, William Burke. Access to the Museum was only given to medical students and staff until 2012, when it was opened to the public one day a month. The app has been developed by Edinburgh-based Luma 3D Interactive, a leading technology firm that specialises in 3D scanning and interactive tours as well as virtual and augmented reality.
EICC lands top industry award
We are delighted to announce that the EICC has won the hotly contested industry award for ‘Best Conference Venue for over 900 Delegates’ at the 7th annual Conference Awards at Tobacco Dock in London. We beat off stiff competition from some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and ExCeL London, to win the award for the first time. The judging panel said that the EICC had shown great innovation and flexibility and the team had an agile approach to responding to challenges from clients. Marshall Dallas, the EICC’s Chief Executive, welcomed the news: “When you look at some of the names we were up against this year, it’s a definite sign of how far we have progressed as a team and as a venue over the last 24 months.”