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April 2017

Easter Holidays Family Drop-in Activities

Carved Stone Balls Activity    Prehistoric Pots activity

In April we hosted the first of our Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology family drop-in activities. Over two days, more than 200 children and adults “dropped-in” to try their hand at throwing their own prehistoric pots and creating their own Neolithic carved stone balls out of clay. Some wonderful artworks were created, lots more “Young Marvels” joined up, and a good time was had by all! More family drop-in activities and Young Marvels activities are planned for the summer – keep up to date online and via Twitter and Facebook.


Season Opening 2017

Three Jesters

Three Jesters

It’s no joke – 1st of April saw the Museum reopening for the season, with an April Fool’s Day theme complete with jesters, jokes and jugglers (thanks to Theatre Modo‘s circus skills workshops). We had craft activities, a jester treasure hunt and more – thanks to all who attended!

Theatre Modo's Circus Skills workshop    Theatre Modo juggling (replica) carved stone balls


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March 2017

2016-17 Winter Lecture Series – “What is Europe?”

March ended with another of our series of Winter Lectures, this time from Dr Lester Borley discussing the Cultural Landscape of Europe. His talk was fully illustrated and put forward the stance that Europe is not divided west to east (which is the common perception), but is really divided north to south, and looked at the geomorphology of Europe as well as the religious and cultural interrelationships which have developed over time.

Lester Borley delivering his talk on the cultural landscapes of Europe

Lester Borley delivering his talk on the cultural landscapes of Europe


Embroidering the Past – new exhibition launch

On Friday 31st March, textile artist Ruth Black’s new exhibition exploring the Pictish stones of Moray was officially launched to a specially invited audience.  The exhibition, which runs until the 28th April 2017, employs many different textile techniques to explore the wealth of Pictish sculpture in the area. Ruth is a textile artist specialising in embroidery, felt making and weaving, with a particular interest in Celtic & Pictish art which she translates into designs for a wide variety of wearable art and items for the home.

Embroidering the Past launch event


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Launching the Year of history, Heritage & Archaeology 2017

At the end of March, we officially launched our year of HLF-supported Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology programme of events with the help of Angus Robertson, MP, Richard Lochhead, MSP, and Visit Scotland’s Regional Director, Jo Robinson.

Launch of the Year of HHA Events Programme

Launch of the Year of HHA Events Programme

Commenting, Lucy Casot, Head of HLF in Scotland, said:

“The Heritage Lottery Fund is a key partner in the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and it’s our ambition that people of all ages will have the chance to discover something new about the heritage they care about. We’re delighted that, thanks to funding from the National Lottery, Elgin Museum will be opening the door to fun, learning and everlasting memories for many people as we celebrate this special year.”

Jo Robinson, Visit Scotland Regional Director for Moray Speyside:

“From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends – Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 will spotlight some of our greatest assets and icons as well as our hidden gems.

The historic environment forges connections between people and the places where they live and visit. I’m certain both visitors and locals will be inspired be the variety of things to see and do at the exciting and educational programme of activity at Elgin museum.”

Janet Trythall, Vice-President, The Moray Society:

“It’s great to have the backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the exciting programme of activities and events we have planned for the Year of History Heritage and Archaeology, especially as it means we’ve been able to engage archaeological experts to run hands-on training”

The programme is available online but more events are to come – stay up to date with all of our events on the website, Twitter and Facebook pages.

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February 2017

2016-17 Winter Lecture Series – The Pattern and Distribution of Early Medieval Sculpture on the Spey

Also in February, we welcomed back an old friend of the Musuem, John Borland from Historic Environment Scotland. John talked to us about Pictish art in Moray, with particular reference to the Spey Valley.

John Borland delivers his talk on Pictish Art in the Spey Valley

John Borland delivers his talk on Pictish Art in the Spey Valley


A Visit from the Engineers

In February we opened our doors to some of the Engineers stationed at Kinloss Barracks, who enjoyed a guided tour of the Museum with Janet Trythall.

Visit from Engineers stationed at Kinloss Barracks   Janet Trythall giving a guided tour to Engineers stationed at Kinloss Barracks



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