Lewis Chessmen return home


More than 30 of the historic Lewis Chessmen have gone on display at Museum nan Eilean in Stornoway.

They were originally found under a sand dune near Uig on the west coast of Lewis in 1831.  11 of the figures are owned by the National Museums of Scotland while the other 67 are owned by the British Museum in London.

The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked exhibition has been touring Scotland since last May and has visited Shetland and Aberdeen.

Running until the 12th of September, the Stornoway exhibition has been welcomed by convener of Western Isles Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Alex MacDonald.

He said: “”The enigma of the Lewis Chessmen has intrigued and puzzled those who have viewed these inscrutable faces in the last 200 years or so.

“This will give our own community and visitors the opportunity to come face-to-face with faces which are over 800 years old.”{jcomments on}