As part of the Creating Scotland project, National Museums Scotland and Glenmorangie have commissioned a major new piece of contemporary silverwork for display in the National Museum of Scotland.

The current phase of the Glenmorangie Project, Creating Scotland, sees the research focus on the 9th to 12th centuries, to examine the archaeological evidence which underpins the formation of the nation state of Scotland. This new phase will enable researchers to explore objects and evidence of the period, bringing new knowledge and research techniques to bear on a critical period in Scottish history. 

The work will address important questions about how the kingdom of Scotland was created and its connections with the Anglo-Saxon world, Ireland and Scandinavia. The results of the research will be published in a new book and widely disseminated elsewhere.

The Glenmorangie Commission to create a new piece of contemporary silverwork for display in the National Museum of Scotland forms a central part of this project.

Leading artists and designers working in the medium of silver were invited to submit proposals and following close consideration of the applications by the judging panel, the Glenmorangie Commission was awarded to Simone ten Hompel.

Simone Ten Hompel with silver artefacts from the 10th-century Skaill hoard. PHoto by Stewart Attwood.

Above: Silversmith Simone ten Hompel with silver artefacts from the 10th-century Skaill hoard. Photo by Stewart Attwood.

German-born Simone is a metalsmith of international repute, and has been working with metal for over 40 years. Over the next year, she will work closely with curators here at National Museums Scotland, researching the early medieval collections. This will result in a new contemporary work of art in silver and other metals, inspired by the collection and themes that are being researched within the Creating Scotland project.

In 2020 the finished piece will go on public display, as part of the permanent collection, within the National Museum of Scotland.

In this short film, Simone meets Glenmorangie Research Fellow Adrián Maldonado and Sarah Rothwell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Design, at the National Museum of Scotland to begin her exploration of our Viking-age silver collection and discuss her plans for the Commission.


In this next film, renowned Simone gives our curators a crash course in 'the language of metal' in a masterclass at the Glasgow School of Art.

Header image: Simone ten Hompel in the National Museum of Scotland. Photo © Stewart Attwood.

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