Kilmartin's Prehistoric holdings become Scotland’s 50th Nationally Significant Collection 3 Dec 2019

Kilmartin Museum’s Prehistoric Collection has become the 50th Scottish Nationally Significant Collection. It was chosen by the Recognition Scheme run by Museums Galleries Scotland, which highlights remarkable collections beyond Scottish national museums. Many of the objects in Kilmartin’s collections are from Neolithic and Bronze Age sites in the glen surrounding the museum and tell a story going back 12,000 years. Dr Katie Stevenson of the Recognition Committee said “the Collection is wide-ranging, and includes very early examples of 4000-year-old decorated Beaker pottery, and a hoard of 3000-year-old Bronze Age metal weapons, which had been ceremonially placed in a bog on the Isle of Coll. Set in the context of its landscape, the Prehistoric Collection at Kilmartin Museum is a remarkable jewel in the crown of Scottish museum collections.” The museum is currently being transformed and will open with a visitor centre and new galleries in 2022. MGS (twitter), MGS (press release), MGS blog (Recognition Scheme explained), Kilmartin Museum, M + H