The Moving of the Pictish Stone!

King’s Museum has been closed for slightly longer than usual for an exhibition change over and this is due to the logistics of moving a ½ tonne Pictish Stone!

The stone is usually stored at the museum’s Collections Centre and is now being moved into King’s Museum where it will go on display for the first time since Marischal Museum closed in 2008.



The stone is so large and heavy that it has to be moved by specialist blacksmiths, under the guidance of our Conservator. The blacksmiths are also making a new mount for the stone to rest on at King’s Museum. The Curator of Exhibitions, Jenny Downes says:

‘It is one of the largest items we have moved in recent years and it is exciting to have the Pictish Stone on display once more’

Blacksmith's at work securing the stone onto a trolley.

Blacksmith’s at work moving and securing the stone on to a trolley.

The stone is one of five early Pictish stones found in a narrow strip of land that lies between the rivers Isla and Deveron. Burial cairns were found nearby, and it has been suggested that the symbols may have been used to indicate who lay in the graves.

Tillytarmont, where it was found, was probably a sacred place used for funerals and other gatherings, with the ‘tarmont’ part of the name meaning ‘sanctuary’ and the ‘tilly’ element indicating a mound for assembly.

The stone will be on display at King’s Museum as part of the Crafting Kingdoms: The Rise of the Northern Picts exhibition. The exhibition will open on 20 January until 31 May – don’t miss out on a chance to see this remarkable stone!


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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