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23 June 2021

NMS Enterprises Limited - Publishing


NMS Enterprises Limited - Publishing is the publishing division of National Museums Scotland.

We produce lavishly illustrated catalogues for Museum exhibitions such as The Jacobites; Scotland's Early Silver; Catherine the Great; Rip it up: The story of Scottish pop; Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers and Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland (the book of the summer exhibition in 2019).

Our very varied list includes: The Lewis Chessmen Unmasked; Early Medieval Scotland; Commando Country; Scottish Photography: The First Thirty Years; Bagpipes: A National Collection of a National Instrument; Jock's Jocks: Voices of Scottish Soldiers from the First World War and Sir Walter Scott: A Life in Story. In 2005 we published Weights and Measures in Scotland winner of the Saltire Society/National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year Award.

With the European Ethnological Research Centre (EERC), an independent research body within Celtic and Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University, we publish the Flashbacks series of oral histories including Stranraer and District Lives: Voices in Trust and Whithorn: An Economy of People, 1920-1960; and A Swedish Field Trip to the Outer Hebrides, 1934.

We also publish the Scotties activity series for young readers at home or at school: the 16 titles currently available include The Jacobites; Mary, Queen of Scots; Scotland's Vikings; and Scottish Kings and Queens

Most of our books come through Museum curators or are commissioned, but the Publishing Director is open to ideas of scholarly or popular Scottish interest in our subject areas.

Established: 1985 as National Museums of Scotland; 2002 as NMS Enterprises Limited - Publishing
Publications (yearly average): 10
Types of books published: Trade; scholarly books on history, art, archaeology, science, technology, geology, ethnography, natural history; popular Scottish history and culture; biography; photographic archive.
Submission details: Send an outline and a covering letter in the first instance.



People: Lesley Taylor (Publishing Director), Kate Blackadder (Marketing and Publicity), Lynne Reilly (Production Editor), Margaret Wilson (Administrator).

Address: NMS Enterprises Limited - Publishing, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF

Tel: 0131 247 4026

Fax: 0131 247 4012


Representation: NMS Enterprises Limited - Publishing is represented to the trade by Quantum Publishing Solutions Ltd


Distributors in the UK:

BookSource: 50 Cambuslang Road, Cambuslang, Glasgow G32 8NB; Tel: 0845 370 0063; Fax: 0845 370 0064;  

Bookspeed: 16 Salamander Yards, Edinburgh, EH6 7DD, 0131 467 8100

Lomond Books Ltd: 13-14 Freskyn Place, East Mains Ind. Est., Broxburn, EH52 5NF 01506 855955