The breadth of National Museums Scotland's collections, together with the support of The Glenmorangie Company, puts National Museums in a unique position to reveal the role of silver in the development of the first kingdoms of Scotland. It was silver, not gold, which was the most important and powerful precious metal in Scotland for over six hundred years and, as well as showcasing beautiful objects, the book builds on the Glenmorangie Research Project to gives fresh insights into this formative period of Scottish history. Based on the exhibition Scotland's Early Silver, opening at the National Museum of Scotland, 13 October 17.
Alice Blackwell is the Glenmorangie Research Fellow. Dr Martin Goldberg is Senior Curator responsible for Early History and Viking Collections, Department of Scottish History and Archaeology, National Museums Scotland. Dr Fraser Hunter is Principal Curator, Iron Age, Roman and Early History, Department of History and Archaeology, National Museums Scotland.
Silver, not gold: introduction / Raw material, bullion and recycling / Scotland's early silver - 10 sections each introduced through a key object / Politics and kingdoms