A new state-of-the art collections research, access and storage facility was unveiled today at the National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh by Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Europe, Culture and External Affairs. The new building, which houses nearly ten million objects, will enable material from National Museums Scotland’s Scottish History, Archaeology and Natural Sciences collections to be preserved in optimal conditions which will both safeguard their long term future and allow a substantially greater level of access to the national collections, particularly for research purposes. Nearly ten million objects been moved in total. They range in size from a beetle measuring less than a millimetre (the Nephanes Titan beetle), to the 5.2 metre-long skull of a sperm whale. The oldest object is a 4.5 billion year-old meteorite, the heaviest a Roman tombstone found at Carberry, East Lothian in the late

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