Open night at Bute Museum

Curator Anne Speirs explains the detail of the Inchmarnock 'Hostage Stone' to one young visitor during an open night at the Bute Museum.
Curator Anne Speirs explains the detail of the Inchmarnock 'Hostage Stone' to one young visitor during an open night at the Bute Museum.

Bute Museum threw open its doors to the public without charge on Friday as part of the national ‘Museums at Night’ initiative.

Trustees from the museum were on hand to explain the various natural history, archaeology and social history exhibits, while there were quizzes for adults and young people to tax visitors’ brains during the course of the evening.

Pride of place in the museum’s exhibits goes to the Inchmarnock ‘Hostage Stone’, recovered during an excavation of the island off Bute’s west coast and apparently showing a hunched figure, possibly a monk, being dragged by wild-haired raiders towards a boat while carrying a church-shaped reliquary.

Curator Anne Speirs was on hand to show visitors the detail of the stone, which spent much of 2014 on loan to the Viking Ship Museum in the Dansih town of Roskilde as part of an exhibition on Viking history.