Golden Glasgow

Shona Elliot, Curator for Documentation and Fine Art,  tells us about one of our most recent loans to the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow. 

Fancy seeing lots and lots of gold?!

The University of Aberdeen has loaned two pieces of gold to the Scottish Gold exhibition at the Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow.  The show features a wide variety of Scottish gold items ranging from the Bronze Age to the present. One of our loaned items is a middle/late Bronze Age gold torc which was turned up by a plough in Law Farm, Urquhart, East of Elgin.  Around 36 torcs were found in the site and the majority of them have been reunited in this exhibition, creating a very impressive sight.  We also loaned an ancient Roman gold aureus coin of Emperor Vespasian (69 – 79 AD), found at Port Elphinstone, Inverurie.

Gold coin of Vespasian (69 - 79 AD) found at Port Elphinstone, Inverurie: ABDUA 47477

Gold coin of Vespasian (69 – 79 AD) found at Port Elphinstone, Inverurie: ABDUA 47477

Gold torc, from a hoard of 36 found near a barrow, Law Farm, Urquhart, Moray (1800BC-1000BC): ABDUA 19691

Gold torc, from a hoard of 36 found near a barrow, Law Farm, Urquhart, Moray (1800BC-1000BC): ABDUA 19691

Scottish Gold is open until 15th June so go and see it and let us know what you think of our gold!

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About uoamuseums

The University of Aberdeen's Museums include King’s Museum and the University's Zoology Museum. The museums can claim to be Scotland's oldest, with records of museums and collections as far back as the late 17th century. Thanks to their status as a Recognised Collection of national significance, the Zoology Museum’s displays are currently being improved, while King's Museum hosts changing exhibitions drawn from across the collections, particularly those formerly in Marischal Museum. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the museums, and there are no charges for admission. Marischal College now houses the Museums Collections Centre, caring for and conserving many of the collections.
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