Spectacular objects of power and prestige from Roman to Viking-age Scotland, AD 1–1000.

For almost a thousand years, silver was the most prestigious metal in Scotland.

This exhibition tells the story of the importance of silver during a pivotal time in Scotland’s history, shedding new light on the thousand years between the Roman occupation of Britain and the Viking invasions. It explores the transition from pagan Iron Age to Early Medieval Christian society over the first millennium AD, a time for which historical sources offer very few clues. Silver, not gold was the material of choice, underpinning the power behind the first kingdoms of what we now call Scotland.

Silver first arrived as Roman coinage and vessels, and rapidly became the sole precious metal used to symbolise wealth, power and status. It retained this special significance for the next thousand years of Scotland’s history.

Available to hire from Spring 2019.

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