Museum and Moray Society Activities



Saturday 1st April – Friday 28th April, 2017

Elgin Museum

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.

Free entry – donations welcome!


Friday 28th April, 2017

6.30pm, Elgin Museum Hall

Moray Society AGM

Followed by a talk from 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

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.

Free entry – donations welcomed!

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Saturday 6th May , 2017

11.00am – 3.00pm, Elgin Museum Hall

Treasure Trove Drop-in Finds Day

Bring along your finds (recent or ancient!) for identification from the experts at the Treasure Trove Unit, learn more about the Treasure Trove process and how to report your finds.

Free entry – donations welcome!



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