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National Museums Scotland and Glenmorangie Commission Major Silver Artwork

Tuesday 4 December 2018

National Museums Scotland and The Glenmorangie Company have commissioned a major new piece of contemporary silverwork for display in the National Museum of Scotland.


National Museums Scotland and The Glenmorangie Company have commissioned a major new piece of contemporary silverwork for display in the National Museum of Scotland.

Leading artists and designers currently 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.

German-born Simone ten Hompel is a silversmith of international repute, and has been working with metal for over 40 years. Based in the UK, she is known for her metalwork being regarded as one of the most inventive silversmiths of her generation and one of Britain’s most critically acclaimed craftspeople.

Over the next year Simone will work closely with archaeologists from National Museums Scotland, researching the early medieval collections that will result in a new contemporary work of art in silver, inspired by the collection and themes that are being researched within the Creating Scotland project that is supported by Glenmorangie.

Creating Scotland is part of the latest phase of the long running Glenmorangie Research Project which examines the archaeological evidence from the 9th to 12th centuries to tell the story of the formation of the early nation state of Scotland.

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

Simone ten Hompel said:

“I am thrilled to have been awarded this innovative commission. National Museums Scotland holds the definitive collection of early Scottish silver and I look forward to exploring the galleries, working with their curators, and enjoying unique access to these beautiful objects to inform and inspire my work.”

Hamish Torrie, Corporate Social Responsibility Director at The Glenmorangie Company, said:

“Our partnership with National Museums Scotland is in its 10th year and this exciting project will create a new perspective on the unrivalled Scottish History collection in the National Museum. We welcome Simone to Scotland and very much look forward to seeing the fruits of her collaboration with the curatorial team at National Museums Scotland.”

Further information and images from:

Susan Gray, National Museums Scotland Press Office on 0131 247 4088 or

Paula McNulty, Weber Shandwick, 07770 886 924 or

 Notes to editors

  1. National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in the UK and Europe and it looks after collections of national and international importance. The organisation provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display.

    Twitter: @NtlMuseumsScot


    Instagram: @NationalMuseumsScotland

  2. Bheireadh Oifis nam Meadhanan eadar-theangachadh Gàidhlig den bhrath-naidheachd seachad do bhuidhinn mheadhanan bharantaichte. Cuiribh fios do dh'Oifis nam Meadhanan airson bruidhinn air cinn-latha freagarrach.

  3. About Glenmorangie:

    Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky originates in the Scottish Highlands where, at the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland for a purer spirit, expertly matured in the finest oak casks for great depth, and perfected by the Men of Tain. The Distillery was founded in 1843 and is renowned as a pioneer in its field, uniting tradition with innovation.  #Glenmorangie

  4. About the partnership

    Since 2008, the award-winning Glenmorangie Research Project on Early Medieval Scotland has been generating exciting new research on this important period of Scotland’s past. The project was born when The Glenmorangie Company was inspired by the Hilton of Cadboll stone, on display in the National Museum’s Early People gallery. The stone was found near the Glenmorangie distillery in Tain, Easter Ross and has been used as inspiration for the company’s brand emblem.

  5. About Simone ten Hompel

    Since 2001 Simone ten Hompel has been teaching at London Metropolitan University where she is Reader for Metal, Jewellery and Silversmithing, and through her teaching has influenced a new generation of artists working in metal.

    Her work has been exhibited widely internationally and is in many public collections including: V&A Museum; Crafts Council Collection; National Museums Scotland; National Museum of Wales; Goldsmiths' Hall and Kolumba, Art museum of the Archdiocese, Cologne. She was recently the subject of a major exhibition, Confluence/Konfluenz – a life with metal, at Ruthin Craft Centre. In 2005 she won the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize and in 2012 she won the State of Bavaria Award, IHM, Munich.

  6. Responsible Drinking:

    The Glenmorangie Company advocate responsible drinking and suggest that drinkers savour Glenmorangie whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.

  7. The Glenmorangie Commission Judging Panel Members

    Dr David Eustace: Artist, Creative Adviser and Curator

    David is an award-winning photographer, who has photographed stars such as Sir Paul McCartney, Dame Judi Dench and Sophia Loren. He has worked for magazines including Vogue, The Sunday Times, and Elle.

    David has work in the collections of The Scottish National Portrait Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery in London. He has also had a major exhibition which was the subject of a BBC documentary, as well as work exhibited at the RSA in Edinburgh. His selected works were exhibited in The Scottish Gallery in February 2015.

    David was appointed Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University in 2015.

    Corinne Julius: Curator, Journalist and Broadcaster

    Corinne is a curator as well as a freelance journalist and broadcaster with a special interest in contemporary craft and design. Corinne writes regularly for the Evening Standard’s Homes & Property, Blueprint and Crafts and is a reviewer for Country Life.

    Corinne has been a judge of many applied arts and design awards including the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize for Metalwork. She was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 2008 for services to design and craft.

    In 2016 she curated ‘Silver Speaks: Idea to Object, an exhibition of Contemporary British Silversmiths at the V&A.

    Hamish Torrie, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, The Glenmorangie Company

    Hamish leads on the Glenmorangie Company’s strategic social responsibility projects.

    As a graduate of Medieval History from the University of St Andrews, Hamish has been instrumental in establishing the creative, inspiring and innovative Glenmorangie Research Partnership with National Museums Scotland to cast significant new light on a previously neglected period of Scotland’s past.

    Dr Stuart Allan: Keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology, National Museums Scotland.

    Stuart is responsible for the Department of Scottish History and Archaeology, its staff, projects and collections.

    Dr Adrián Maldonado: Glenmorangie Research Fellow, National Museums Scotland

    Adrian undertakes and promotes research on early medieval Scotland as part of the Glenmorangie Research Project, Creating Scotland. This covers objects from the National Collection dated 9-12th centuries AD.

    Sarah Rothwell: Curator of Modern and Contemporary Design, National Museums Scotland

    Sarah is responsible for the Museum’s collections in British, European and other ‘Western’ glass, ceramics, metalware, jewellery and industrial design circa 1945 – present.

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