Scotland says hello to the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design
- Charlotte Runcie
- 5 February 2016
An already packed events calendar is set to become even busier, we look at how the nation will be celebrating its creativity
When it comes to innovation, Scotland has long been punching above its weight. Cloning, radar, and synthetic insulin all first came into being in Caledonia. Edinburgh-born Alexander Graham Bell was the man who patented the telephone, John Logie Baird gave us the television, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, and it was while working in Glasgow and Edinburgh that Joseph Lister did his most important work in developing antiseptics. Without Scottish innovators, the world would be a poorer place.
In 2016, Scotland’s history of design, built heritage and innovation will be celebrated alongside groundbreaking new projects with a series of events, exhibitions, conferences and visitor experiences throughout the year, adding to Scotland’s already packed programme of events and festivals.
One of the most dramatic and exciting new developments for 2016 will be the opening of 10 new galleries at the National Museum of Scotland, marking the 150th anniversary of the museum. Many of the galleries will showcase engineering, manufacturing, transport, telecommunications, energy, and the sciences, with around three quarters of the exhibits being displayed for the first time in generations. Galleries will profile designers including Alexander McQueen, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Jean Muir and Eduardo Paolozzi. At the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian, the redevelopment of two aircraft hangars will be completed, filled with new displays exploring civil and military aviation.
Elsewhere, the Queensferry Crossing will open in 2016, adding a third striking bridge across the Firth of Forth. When it’s unveiled, it will be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and the tallest bridge in the UK. The existing Forth Road Bridge will become dedicated for use by public transport, walkers and cyclists, a huge change to the character of one of the busiest routes in Scotland.