Exhibition Opening

King’s Museum’s new exhibition Crafting Kingdoms: The Rise of the Northern Picts, co-curated with the University of Aberdeen Archaeology Department, opened on 20th January 2015.

Our exhibition launch was very well attended, with over 70 guests taking part. These included members of the Scottish Sculpture Workshop and Rhynie Woman artists’ collective who had contributed to the exhibition.

Here are some snapshots of the opening event.

Co-curator Gordon Noble, Department of Archaeology, examines a replica of an axehead pendant found at Rhynie in King’s Museum.

Gordon Noble

Gordon Noble

Rhynie Woman artists’ collective provided a selection of archaeological-themed treats, which were not only delicious but hilarious and went down well with our guests.

Date Squares

Date Squares

Potsherd biscuits

Potsherd biscuits

Glenmorangie donated bottles of their whisky to the opening and this was served along with the baked goods at our events space at 90 High Street:

Guests enjoying refreshments at 90 High Street after viewing the exhibition

Guests enjoying refreshments at 90 High Street after viewing the exhibition

Our student volunteers were present and lots of discussions about the exhibition and the objects took place. Here are some of our favourites:

Rachel Job

Our student volunteer Rachel Job contemplates a plaster cast of the Burghead Bull carvings

Sophia Calugay, student volunteer and photographer, with the Tillytarmont stone.

Parkhill chain

A close-up of the clasp of the beautiful Parkhill silver chain, on loan from National Museums Scotland.

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Guests and staff discuss the exhibition and objects

Photographs by Sophia Calugay (student volunteer)

The exhibition is open 11.30am -4.30pm Tuesday-Saturday at King’s Museum, Old Aberdeen Town House.

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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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