Unmasking the Lewis Chessmen


Learn more about the mysteries of the Lewis Chessmen and the importance of these treasures at a special talk by exhibition curator Dr David Caldwell at 7pm on Thursday 11 November at the Cowdray Hall, Schoolhill, Aberdeen. 

The talk coincides with the Lewis Chessmen Unmasked exhibition currently on display at Aberdeen Art Gallery and attracting large numbers of visitors since it opened earlier this month [06 October].

Recognised as a medieval treasure the Lewis Chessmen were discovered on the western shore of the Isle of Lewis in 1831 and were probably made in Norway in the late 12th or 13th century.

During the talk Dr David Caldwell, Keeper of Scotland and Europe of National Museums Scotland will explore several issues. These include how, when and why the chessmen were discovered in Lewis and how good are the pieces? Some of the answers might be surprising however the speaker's conclusion is that they are first class pieces of workmanship and an important part of Scotland's heritage.

Tickets cost £4 each (£3 Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery and concessions) and are available by telephoning the Gallery's shop on (01224) 523695.

The Lewis Chessmen Unmasked exhibition is on show at Aberdeen Art Gallery until Saturday 08 January 2011.

The Lewis Chessmen represent one of the most important archaeological discoveries ever made in Scotland. This major exhibition casts fresh light on their significance and considers their possible origins.

This touring exhibition is supported by the Scottish Government.