Scotland’s history revealed in 25 objects

VisitScotland has today released an e-book revealing the top 25 objects that have shaped the country’s history.

The list has been unveiled on International Chess Day (20 July) as a special nod to the famous medieval Lewis Chessmen (pictured), which feature at number 9 on the date-ordered list.

Compiled by an expert panel for the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the 25 objects cover more than 5,000 years of Scottish history.

They were chosen based on chronological and geographic spread alongside their individual 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.

VisitScotland hopes that visitors will go on a trail this summer to discover as many of the objects as possible and in turn discover more about Scotland’s past.

The oldest object in the list is a barbed harpoon point. Originally found in the Macarthur Cave in Oban, it dates back to the Middle Stone Age and is one of the earliest instruments used to hunt and fish in Scotland.

The most modern in the list is Dolly the Sheep – the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell – who is currently housed at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

VisitScotland is encouraging the public to suggest 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 and #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.”

The e-book with the full list can be found here.