The principal curator of early history at the National Museum of Scotland visited Rothesay this week to meet the Friends of Bute Museum.
Dr Alison Sheridan, who is also Bute Museum’s curatorial adviser, spoke about the ‘Hostage Stone’, an inscribed piece of slate found during the excavation of a former monastery on Inchmarnock, off Bute’s west coast.
The stone, which depicts a monk being led by a Viking to a waiting ship, dates back to around 800AD and has received national and international recognition, having been brought to life by a wonderful animated cartoon as part of a Viking exhibition in Edinburgh.
The stone is currently on loan to the Roskilde Museum in Denmark as part of an exhibition showing the extent of Viking influence across Europe and beyond.
Dr Sheridan’s talk was given at the first annual social evening held by the Friends of Bute Museum, an organisation set up last September, partly as a source of funding for the museum but also to help maintain the profile of the museum within the community of Bute and beyond.