Wha's like us

Wha's like us?: A nation of dreams and ideas

Montage of books and illustrations with Scottish connection

Celebrating what Scotland has given the world. Our exhibition presented an A-Z of achievements across the centuries, some of them serious and others showing our nation's lighter side.

Ran from 13 December 2013 to 18 May 2014.

 

This exhibition presented a selection of outstanding achievements by Scots and Scotland.

Some are well-known, some are forgotten, but all are worth remembering and celebrating. And within our alphabetically arranged topics, visitors found a few surprise exhibits.

A hot-bed of ideas

Why is Scotland so recognisable, 'sae weel-kent'?

For centuries the nation has been a hot-bed of ideas, innovation, creativity, and dreams.

Take a wee peek at some examples visitors found in 'Wha's like us?', our 'ABC' of Scotland:

Photo of bed in early hospital ward

A

Cover of 'The prime of Miss Jean Brodie'

B

Photo of curling stones production

C

Rennie Mackintosh roses

D

Edinburgh Festival illustration

E

A fingerprint

F

Red haired man

G

Comic postcard about haggis

H

Illustration of an early heating stove

I

Cartoon image of a Scottish boy

J

Photo of a small kaleidoscope

K

Linoleum pattern

L

Illustration of women wearing raincoats

M

Robert Owen

N

Illustration from 'Ossian'

O

Illuminated manuscript detail showing a man and woman

P

James Clerk Maxwell

Q

Renton from 'Trainspotting' book cover

R

Steam engine drawing detail

S

Magazine cover showing 1920s woman watching TV

T

Steam ship illustration

U

Citrus plant illustration showing flower and lemon

V

Detail from miners' celebration dinner menu

W

Detail from image of 'The Amazing Mr X'

X

Stamp showing the face of John Muir

Y

Letter 'Z' and question marks

Z

 

Best of Scotland

Where would the world be without the telephone or television or Dolly the sheep?

What was the impact of the Scottish Enlightenment, of Scottish politicians and reformers?

'Wha's like us' poster showing Scottish items and figures

Why did the works of Walter Scott and Robert Burns delight readers round the globe? Why is our traditional clothing, food and drink so widely known?

The exhibition was part of Homecoming Scotland 2014, an initiative led by the Scottish Government to celebrate and showcase the best of Scotland in the year that Scotland welcomes the world.

 

Exhibitions overview

 




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