Exhibition: Embroidering the Past – a textile exploration of the Pictish Stones of Moray @ Elgin Museum
Apr 1 @ 11:00 am – Apr 28 @ 4:00 pm

New Exhibition!

Embroidering the Past: a textile exploration of the Pictish Stones of Moray

Ruth Black is a textile artist specialising in embroidery, felt making and weaving. Her particular interest is in Celtic & Pictish art which she translates into designs for a wide variety of wearable art and items for the home. In this exhibition she employs many different textile techniques to explore the wealth of Pictish sculpture in the area. Ruth works at her studio in Inchmore, 6 miles from Inverness, where she runs the family business “Anna Macneil” with assistance from her daughter, and also teaches feltmaking.

Embroidered Burghead Bull

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Neolithic Carved Stone Balls – Family Drop-in Activity (HHA2017) @ Elgin Museum
Apr 12 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Neolithic Carved Stone Balls

Wednesday 12th April 2017, 11.00am – 3.00pm

Come along and try your hand at making your own clay replica of one of these mysterious stone balls. Fishing weights, weapons, gaming pieces…what do you think they might have been used for?

Free Activity, no booking required.

Please note, all children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Be prepared to get messy – please dress appropriately! 

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Moray Society AGM @ Elgin Museum
Apr 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Moray Society AGM

6.30pm Friday 28th April, 2017

Elgin Museum Hall: Doors open at 6 pm

View the 2017 AGM Papers or find them in the latest newsletter.

Followed by a talk at 7.30pm by Professor Roger Jeffery, University of Edinburgh and Friederike Voigt, Senior Curator, Middle East & South Asia, National Museums Scotland:

“A taste for Indian sculpture: India, Moray and Elgin Museum”
Free entry – donations welcome!


A taste for Indian sculpture: India, Moray and Elgin Museum @ Elgin Museum
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Moray Society Lecture Series: Winter 2016/17

A taste for Indian sculpture: India, Moray and Elgin Museum

A talk by Professor Roger Jeffery, University of Edinburgh and Friederike Voigt, Senior Curator, Middle East & South Asia, National Museums Scotland

7.30 pm, Friday 28th April, 2017

In Elgin Museum Hall: Doors open at 7.15 pm

Free entry – donations welcome!

From the late 18th century, the growing European scholarly interest in ancient India, its language and religion informed the collecting of Indian sculptures by Scots in the military and civil service of the Honourable East India Company. Learned societies at home were competing with each other to acquire Hindu and Buddhist sculptures for their own collections.

In this talk Roger Jeffery will provide a historical context to understand the people from Moray who went to India in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Where did they come from and what did they do in India? What kinds of effects did these people have on the land of their birth? Against the background of a wider interest in Indian sculpture at their time, Friederike Voigt will talk about the lives of two men, James William Grant and Dr James Taylor, who donated their Indian and Indonesian sculpture to Elgin Museum. She will also outline the work which has been undertaken since the transfer of these sculptures to National Museums Scotland.



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The Vikings are Coming! (Elgin BID) @ Elgin Museum
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Viking ship

The Vikings are coming!

Channel your inner Viking and get ready to welcome the Up Helly Aa Jarl Squad to Elgin Museum (around 3pm)!

Join us from 2pm – 4pm for a variety of family-friendly Viking activities – practice your runes or make a Viking face mask!

Free activity, donations welcome.

Please note: all children must be accompanied by an adult.

In association with Elgin BID.

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New exhibition – James Byatt: Scottish Landscapes @ Elgin Museum
May 6 @ 11:00 am – May 26 @ 4:00 pm

James Byatt: Scottish Landscapes

James Byatt: Scottish Landscapes

An exhibition of photographs in aid of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and Elgin Museum.

Free entry – donations welcome!

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Dinosaur Invasion! (Festival of Museums) @ Elgin Museum
May 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Dinosaur Invasion!

Late night opening Friday 19h May 5.00pm – 7.30pm

Dinosaur invasion at Elgin Museum

Celebrating Festival of Museums with late night opening at Elgin Museum and drop-in dinosaur activities. Visit our Recognised Collection of pre-dinosaur fossils, then try your hand at dinosaur origami!

Free entry – donations welcome

Kinloss Abbey Guided Tour (HHA2017) @ Kinloss Abbey
May 28 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Kinloss Abbey

Kinloss Abbey Guided Tour

2.30pm – 4.30pm, 28th May 2017

Join us at Kinloss Abbey, Kinloss, on Sunday 28th May 2017 for a guided tour of the ruins of this 12th Century AD former Cistercian Abbey.

Peter Grant Peterkin, of Kinloss Abbey Trust, will provide a fascinating insight into the history of the site and its development, as well as an update on the work of the Trust.

This event is free but booking is essential! Please note: booking is via an online ticketing service not through the Museum direct.

Please note: car parking on site is limited, please car share where possible. Unfortunately, no public transport is available as the bus service does not operate on Sundays.

Please note: the ground on site is uneven, and may not be suitable for those with limited or restricted mobility. This is an outdoor event, so please wear suitable clothing & sturdy footwear.

This tour is provided thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and forms part of Elgin Museum’s year of History, Heritage & Archaeology events programme.

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New exhibition – Annette M. Purdie: Lost in Nature @ Elgin Museum
May 31 @ 11:00 am – Jul 29 @ 4:00 pm

New Exhibition

Annette Purdie Exhibition

Annette M. Purdie: Lost in Nature

Wednesday 31st May 2017 – Saturday 29th July 2017

The influence of the natural world constantly drives the direction of the work of Annette M. Purdie. Areas of Scotland and Yorkshire, where the artist previously lived, and memories from travel elsewhere in the world, evoke an abundance of inspiration. Adding a certain amount of imagination also provides further scope for interpretation of the above in sometimes a more impressionistic, rather than figurative way.

Guided Tours – Cluny Hill Dig, Forres @ Nelson's Tower
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Nelson's Tower, Forress

Guided Tours of Cluny Hill Dig, Forres

Tuesday 20th, Friday 23rd and Tuesday 27th June 2017 

1:00pm – 2:00pm 

Meeting point for tours: Nelson’s Tower 

Your chance to visit an archaeological excavation, as specialists search for evidence on the past of this intriguing site – could it be a “lost” hillfort?

Please note: The tour is suitable for people of all ages but please be prepared for very uneven terrain & a steep walk, which may be unsuitable for some; sturdy, waterproof shoes are advised.

The start and end point will be at Nelson’s Tower.

Free event – no booking required! Contact for more information.

Elgin Museum is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Cluny Hill Dig as part of our HLF-funded programme of activities and events in this the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology.

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