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New appointment at National Museum of Scotland

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National Museums Scotland's (NMS) new director of collections has said it is a "privilege" to take on the role.

Dr Xerxes Mazda worked in museums elsewhere in the UK and Canada prior to his appointment, most recently at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

He began his career at the Science Museum in London before spending nearly a decade with the British Museum.

The appointment has been announced as the National Museum of Scotland under goes an £80m restoration.

'Important time'

NMS has entered a "major phase" of development with projects under way at the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Scotland and the National Museums Collection Centre.

Dr Mazda said: "It is an extraordinary pleasure and privilege to be joining the senior team at such a vibrant time in its history."

NMS director, Dr Gordon Rintoul, said: "I am delighted to welcome Xerxes to National Museums Scotland.

"He joins at a particularly important time as we redevelop our sites and make our collections more accessible."

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