Highlands & Islands

At risk museum shows off recreated Pictish throne

Recreated Pictish throne
Image caption The throne has previously been displayed at the Scottish Parliament

A throne built to a design used by the ancient Picts has gone on display at a closure-threatened Highlands museum as part of the seat's Scottish tour.

It was created by master furniture maker Adrian McCurdy, who drew inspiration from stone carvings.

It will remain on show at the Tarbat Discovery Centre in Portmahomack for the next three months.

The museum will shut at the end of this year unless it can raise enough money to stay open.

Those running the centre in a converted church said cuts to subsidies and poor earnings threatened to close down the award-winning site.

An appeal has been launched to generate enough funds to keep it going.

The throne was previously displayed at the Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain and the Scottish Parliament.

It was commissioned by distillers Glenmorangie and National Museums Scotland.

The Picts dominated Scotland north of the Firth of Clyde from the 4th to the 9th centuries AD.

Tony Watson, chairman of the Tarbat Discovery Centre said: "We are delighted to have the throne on display at the centre.

"We have a natural connection with this project as the centre is the site of an original monastery built by the Picts and it seems fitting that it should come here as part of its tour."

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