Scotland’s Early Silver

A stunning exhibition of Scotland’s Early Silver explores it's impact during the first millennium AD.

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Date(s): 13 October 2017 to 25 February 2018
Time(s): normal opening times
Where: National Museum of Scotland
National Museum of Scotland Chambers Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1JF
Price: This is a free event

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Scotland’s Early Silver
About Scotland’s Early Silver

This stunning exhibition explores the impact of silver during the first millennium AD.

Discover the story of Scotland’s early silver and how this precious metal helped to shape the first kingdoms of Scotland.

Today gold is more valuable than silver, but in the first millennium AD silver was the most powerful material in Scotland. Scotland’s earliest silver arrived with the Roman army and had a lasting impact on local society, quickly becoming associated with prestige and power.

In the centuries that followed, Roman silver objects were hacked and melted down to make iconic early medieval treasures like the massive silver chains. By AD700 the silver had been recycled many times and was used to make powerful objects such as the famous Hunterston Brooch.

Featuring spectacular objects dating from AD75 to AD1000, and supported by The Glenmorangie Research Project on Early Medieval Scotland, Scotland’s Early Silver explores the part that silver played in the transformation of society in Scotland throughout the first millennium AD.

Scotland’s Early Silver follows three years of research supported by The Glenmorangie Company.

Exhibition Gallery 2, Level 3

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