Chains of office on show at Rothesay Library

Visitors to Rothesay Library admire the civic chains of office which form the touring 'Hidden Treasures' exhibition.
Visitors to Rothesay Library admire the civic chains of office which form the touring 'Hidden Treasures' exhibition.

Some of the most valuable artefacts from Argyll and Bute Council’s archives have gone on display at Rothesay Library.

The touring ‘Hidden Treasures’ exhibition opened to the public on Thursday and remains on show during the library’s normal opening hours until Thursday, March 22.

On display are six of the area’s historic civic chains of office - from Dunoon, Cove and Kilcreggan, Helensburgh, Campbeltown, Lochgilphead and Oban - along with the story behind each item.

The histories of the Rothesay and Inveraray chains are also told, though those two chains are not part of the exhibition.

On asking why the Rothesay provost’s chain - the most valuable of all Argyll and Bute’s civic chains - was not on display, we were told by a spokesperson that because the Rothesay chain is the one most often used by the Provost, for insurance reasons the cost of moving the chain around for public engagements during the course of the exhibition was not practical.