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The history of Scotland in 25 objects - experts reveal the objects that changed's Scotland's history


Robert the Bruce, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Captain Scott are among the people from Scottish history who have inspired an expert pick of the 25 objects that changed Scotland's history.

Visit Scotland has today announced the release of The History of Scotland in 25 objects, which is available as a free e-book.

Compiled by an expert panel for the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the 25 objects cover over 5000 years of Scottish history and the length and breadth of the country from Shetland to Dumfries and Galloway.

The objects were chosen based on chronological and geographic spread alongside their individual interesting stories. The final 25 were chosen by a panel that included representatives from Historic Environment Scotland, National Museums of Scotland, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and VisitScotland.

The 25 objects that changed Scotland's history

The chosen objects are as follows:

1.Barbed Harpoon Point

2.The Orkney Venus

3.Poltalloch Jet Necklace

4.The Carpow Logboat (pictured)

5.Mousa Broch

6.Roman Distance Slab

7.Carved Footprint

8.St. Martin's Cross

9.The Lewis Chessmen (pictured)

10.Stone Effigy at Sweetheart Abbey

11.Robert the Bruce Equestrian Statue

12.Honours of Scotland

13.Oldest Football

14.Castle of Mey Tapestry

15.Penicuik Jewels

16.Bonnie Prince Charlie's Travelling Canteen

17.The Gregg Violin (pictured)

18.Sir Walter Scott's Desk (pictured)

19.Mackintosh Trail Music Room

20.Paisley Shawls

21.Tom Morris Junior Medal (pictured)

22.Dallas Dhu Stencil

23.Captain Scott’s Snow Goggles (pictured)

24.Steam Locomotive "Maude"

25.Dolly the Sheep

How to get involved

Visit Scotland is encouraging the public to suggest their own ideas for objects that have played a part in Scotland’s history that haven’t been included in the list. Suggestions can be made on social media using the hashtags #25objects #hha2017

Gwen Raez, Senior Marketing Manager at VisitScotland said: “After months of deliberation, we’re delighted to unveil the list of 25 objects that we think best represent Scotland’s rich and colourful history – but it is by no means an exhaustive collection and we know there will be many more out there that people want to add! We chose items that were not only important to the history of the country, but also had an interesting narrative behind them and would inspire people to find out more.

“Scotland’s history, heritage and archaealogy are among the top reasons for visiting Scotland. 2017 is the year to delve into the past and discover Scotland’s fascinating stories through a wide-ranging, variety of new and existing activity to drive the nation’s tourism and events sector, boosting tourism in every single corner of the country. We hope lots of visitors enjoy this fascinating e-book.”

(Images copyright Visit Scotland)

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