From Friday 21 May, over 30 mysterious and iconic gaming pieces will be on display at The Lewis Chessmen Unmasked, a touring exhibition which brings together pieces from the collections of the National Museum of Scotland and The British Museum.
New research and in-depth analysis will form a major part of the exhibition, examining the chessmen’s archeology and construction, as well as the stories and legends around their discovery and inspiration.
Several pieces have been on display in various museums in Edinburgh through the years, but this will provide a rare opportunity to see so many of the chessmen together in one place, as well as providing a fascinating insight into their background.
A series of events is also planned around the exhibition, including a creative workshop for kids on Sunday 30th May and a day-long academic seminar on the 11th September.
The exhibition runs until 19 September. Admission to the exhibition – and to the rest of The National Museum’s collection – is free. The seminar is ticketed and priced at £20 / £15.