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  • Scotland Stories | www.26treasures.com
    about as far from a mass produced biscuit tin as you can get It was made by a top Edinburgh craftsman the wonderfully named Ebenezer Oliphant and was most likely as a 21 st birthday gift to the Prince Fashionable Ingenuity The canteen is all about brilliant craftsmanship and it is completely on trend with its rococo swirls and silver gilt finish It is a beautiful piece of clockwork made for eating The forks and knives are made in two pieces and must be unscrewed for storage in the silver gilt egg shaped case There is a corkscrew and a nutmeg grater as well as a little salt and pepper shaker not to mention a quaich This is an object of conspicuous consumption and would have seemed dazzling at a time when most folk thought themselves lucky if they owned a pewter spoon A Princely picnic I have chosen to write my piece in the form of the words for an eighteenth century da capo aria Handel s Italian opera had been the rage in London about the time this object was made and opera was a luxurious aristocratic pastime indulged in by people who would have aspired to a piece of silver like the travelling canteen Handel s intricate glamorous music seemed the perfect inspiration for this extraordinary object The more I thought about him the more Charles Edward or Carluccio as he was known to his family seemed like the perfect hero for a Handel opera He is an exiled prince young noble and handsome with a great destiny ahead of him that he must fulfil or become a tragic figure As was the custom of the time the Prince Hero would be sung by a male soprano very probably a castrato These voices were prized for their

    Original URL path: http://www.26treasures.com/scotland/creationstories/377 (2016-02-12)
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  • Scotland Stories | www.26treasures.com
    of Napier s Bones LEVEL 1 KINGDOM OF THE SCOTS NEW HORIZONS SECTION Invented by Scots polymath John Napier the example of c 1650 displayed here comprises ivory numbering rods which properly combined reduce complicated problems of multiplication and division into simpler ones of addition and subtraction thereby relieving a tedious expenditure of time Like Casios the Bones blended promises of usefulness and self empowerment the allure of efficiency portability affordability and the disappointing reality of fiddliness In fact the design soon had to be modified for the rods to align reliably but the device was fundamentally sound and proved hugely popular across Europe for well over a century Napier s invention had actually drawn upon and repackaged the work of many earlier philosophers in Italy the Middle East and India Its provenance and impact were international And that for me is inspiring I want to live in a receptive Scotland which is outward looking in creative dialogue across time cultures and borders And yet Napier was unavoidably the product of his own era a man also capable of sustained invective against popery a man who argued in print for practical measures to purge the Court of non Protestants His

    Original URL path: http://www.26treasures.com/scotland/creationstories/363 (2016-02-12)
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  • Scotland Stories | www.26treasures.com
    the period 900 1707 AD and so on up to Level 6 where the exhibits are from the beginning of WWI to the present day One of the guides says she tells people they can start in the far distant past and work up or be like an archaeologist start at the top and dig down But 26 Treasures has a strict approach to giving writers their objects You don t get to choose something you d like or something you d feel comfortable with You don t get to choose at all The museum curators select 26 objects and these are randomly assigned to the writers So what did the luck of the draw give me Drag chains for BAE ship Level 6 Scotland A Changing Nation Ah I d never even been that high in the museum I had to ask for help to find the lift Ridiculously I found I was getting nervous on the trip up and then there it was My object Four obviously enormously heavy red rusted metal links cut off the drag chains which were used for decades for the launch of ships from the Fairfield yard at Govan now part of BAE Systems Well In another setting they would be a modern sculpture but here it wasn t the beauty of their interlocking shapes that was the really amazing thing about them You haven t really seen a drag chain till you ve seen it in action On the wall behind the links two videos were showing including one in black and white of the building and launching of a ship from I d guess the 1950s based on hair styles The footage of the drag chains was ASTONISHING hundreds of them in great heaps smoking screaming galumphing towards the water like

    Original URL path: http://www.26treasures.com/scotland/creationstories/361 (2016-02-12)
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  • Scotland Blogs | www.26treasures.com
    bringing Scotland s historical treasures to life at the National Museum of Scotland telling stories from Scotland s geological roots to its technological future Treasure indeed All images of objects on this site c the respective Museums and organisations Name

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  • 26 Treasures as an inspiration by Vivien Jones | www.26treasures.com
    and photographs sold its first 100 copies within the first week of publication It has since been shortlisted for an Epic Award Visit www epicawards co uk one of six community arts projects in Scotland which will be judged this month One of the most valuable aspects of this activity has been the interest stirred in these writers in the broader world of writing at a national level When they saw the 26 Treasures chapbook they were quite captivated by the variety of response and I was subjected to some very close questioning about my own object the serf s collar Fortunately I had taken along the background material that the National Museum of Scotland had provided along with my own researches so between us we could answer all but one question How had the collar ended up in the waters of the Forth So I invited them to speculate and produce their own explanation Today I am sitting with some very fine stories everything from an adventure story with a meticulous political and historical framework to a saucy romance between a grand lady and servant and the subsequent revenge taken by her jealous husband and a piece that uses the geography of the upper reaches of the Forth to great effect in a persuasive story full of foreboding and foul weather Reading the pieces and remembering how all the Powfoot Writers started their writing adventure by stating variations of I can t write I can t help but conclude that it takes very little to tip people into creativity Most of us can visit a museum from where we live and I wonder if there should be a National Treasures Month in Scotland especially for schools when everyone is invited to go and see and respond to an object

    Original URL path: http://www.26treasures.com/blog/26-treasures-inspiration-vivien-jones (2016-02-12)
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  • Treisur by Westlothiana Lizziae as written down by Aimee Chalmers | www.26treasures.com
    haun in it naethin but argie bargie Dibber dabber haggle baggle atween the twa Wi his tale the Earl s A wee bittie snuff win casten maybe aye an maybe hoch aye The ane or t ither that set the show on the road a fine ham a haddie he made Part 3 Hunners o millions o simmers Oor forebears sweempt amang eelats nae better than thirsells Hunners o millions o winters pooshioned bi reek Wee beasties made the best o an ill bargain scliddert thru sprot Switherels stirred the wrack an dilse an tang Buckies braved the bladderlocks an beliware Rigger worms i the glit Gellies i the green gaw I the scrogs slugs an snails Life s life ony gate Hunners o millions mair a smarach i the sourocks Bugs unner the bennel bog cotton an brechan Neets an nettercaps pishminnies i the puddock pipes Eeriwigs an golochs i the windle strae Naethin tae be done in haste but the grippin o fleas But ae wee cratur took a notion belly flaucht intae the tod s tail Put her fuit doon a shauchle an a scheuch then steppit oot in ettle earnest Aye Me Annie Lizzie ane o a kind set the face o clay Slithered on stumpy legs never say gae but gang a flaunter i ma hert At the glisk o a bonnie land A yearn tae scowth an rowth A howp o better days tae come Kept ma ain pairt gaed ma ain gate Didnae jouk tae naebody The Westlothiana question aye i ma heid Didnae meddle in naebody s affairs Hech Thocht I d fairly leave a mark whaun I couped the creels But guid sakes wae s me Here ae day an awa the morn Starin at the muin an fell i the midden The banshee cried at the hinnerend The mort bell tolled an I was daen wi it Part 4 I was playin wi Napier s bones tae pit ower the time Whaun it cam tae me Seein as I ve endured langer than the lot o ye I m the very tattie tae gang hail heidit for Scotland s treisurs We treisurs here at the National Museum We set ye apairt frae ither fowk in ither nations We re here tae mind ye whit ye were whit ye are Whit s loomin through the reek We celebrate the rascals that brak the law and the rascals that mak it Put ye in mind o dues tae kirk an countrie honour the doughty An whiles their sporrans Testify tae the contermit the clever and the crafty The gallus the weird the wonderfu Aye we treisurs we re here tae get ye in a kerfuffle Tickle yer fancy kick ye on the behouchie Mak ye think while ye still can Mak yer hert flichter while it can We re here aye we re here tae bide Day aifter day aifter day week aifter week year aifter year It s quaiet i the

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  • Northern Ireland Stories | www.26treasures.com
    was the idea that the necklace was like a cradle holding this person like a child and I was interested in the symbolic qualities of the blue colour which stands out against the pale linen and the dark skin At this point I knew that I wanted to explore layers through paint transparencies using the subject matter of water as a vehicle to represent the eternal and dreamlike qualities symbolised in the act of mummification and the afterlife The mummy and her thoughts as written by Glenn are represented in the two painted panels within the wooden structure The wooden frame is not just structural the empty panels within the frame open up the space and importantly allow people experiencing the work to be viewed through the windows This is a life size embodiment of the small scale paintings of Takabuti s ancestors on the outside of her coffin As the viewer walks through the artwork the aim is to experience some form of detachment from the gallery space whether it is one of comfort or unease and reflect on the never ending quest for eternal life and the mystery surrounding it I hope that as the viewer is surrounded by the darkness and the crossover of fractured light experiencing the push and pull effect of the panels that the artwork captures the feeling of uncertainty and unknowingness as Takabuti wakes in the night and once when I woke in the night and could not sleep again for fear of the dark of all that might be lying in wait Mark Chambers is an Artist who works with a wide variety of materials processes and techniques through the disciplines of drawing painting installation and sculpture He works as a Visual Arts Lecturer at Belfast Metropolitan College Castlereagh Campus www markchambers

    Original URL path: http://www.26treasures.com/northern-ireland/creationstories/503 (2016-02-12)
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  • Northern Ireland Stories | www.26treasures.com
    a surprise I d been in the same room as it many times but couldn t recall it Which is odd because it s odd It s big It s a toby jug Or a tea pot A tea pot in the style of a toby jug Or a toby jug style tea pot Actually that s the thing that struck me most about Peter s jug pot when I did look at it properly It s mixed up Is it a jug A teapot A self portrait Are you supposed to use it You can technically It will contain It will poor It can be lifted But it s bloody big Full up I imagine it s pretty damned heavy So hold on Peter You ve made a tea pot that s so big it ll break my occasional table so heavy I m likely to put my back out carrying it and if I pour it what then I d better have a mop on hand Of course it s him as well Sonya said Sonya s the visual artist I was paired with a photographer she s brilliant Sonya said he looked a bit like me He does Older And I don t dress like that Although I might I would if I were a potter Anyway there he is sitting on a low stool cradling a little tea pot waiting for something for the tea to brew It s like he s saying Look at my dainty little tea pot It pours so nicely Sits in my hand so well Just the right shape for my hand It s modest but elegant it s a perfect pot Not like the brute I made for you Not like that beast at all I love that about this thing At first you think it s a little twee Too nice My Mum would like it But then you think about the size of it and how self indulgent it is It s decorative and it s functional But you d really struggle to use it It s like a teapot the devil would make you use if you were well you know where or else he d stick a red hot poker where the tea don t shine It s kind of subversive too Decorative and homely but so bloody big Too ungainly for your sideboard you couldn t find a cupboard to house it or a shelf big enough to stash it And it doesn t take long to find out that many of Peter s pots are him How audacious How brazen Squatting down on his little pedestal Full of tea Warming his backside and scalding his back if it weren t for his leather waistcoat Good job he put that on But of course Peter knows what he s doing He s done this many times He s the master King of the Tea Cozy on his brew filled thrown But then I imagined bringing

    Original URL path: http://www.26treasures.com/northern-ireland/creationstories/495 (2016-02-12)
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