Dumfries Museum

Activity Sheet

The Treasure Trail

... From Silver Ships and Golden Rings, to Unicorns and Eagles wings...

Go into the main hall and turn left
Now go up the stairs, turn right onto the balcony, and left into the gallery
Find the case called The Romans. Can you see the gold ring? Gold does not tarnish in the same way as silver and other metals, so when this ring was found buried in the ground, it looked exactly as it had done 1900 years before! it was found near the site of the Roman fort at_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.
Find the case called The First Christians. Can you see the penannular brooch from Carronbridge? some things are valuable because they show the skill of the person who made them. The brooch was made in a period which is sometimes called the Dark Ages. This was about _ _ _ AD.
Can you see the decorative plaque from Upper Rerrick Farm, near Dundrennan? Religious and sacred things are also important to people. This plaque probably decorated a shrine or religious book. it shows two interlaced _ _ _ _ _ _ _ . Can you see them?
Find the case called Norman and Native. Can you see the silver impression of the seal matrix of the Royal Burgh of Dumfries? This seal showed thet the town was officially a Royal Burgh, and that its inhabitants were allowed to keep order and make and sell goods. it was used on documents to prove that they were genuine. In the past the matrix had the knack of getting lost! It went missing for the first time in the _ _ _ _ s.
Find the case called Metals.Can you see the little dish of gold? This came from streams near _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ and _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ where people still pan for gold!
Can you see the Pyrite? Do not be taken in by it! It is sometimes known as _ _ _ _ _'   _ _ _ _.
Find the case called Mountains and Moorlands. This bird has a wingspan of over two meters (6 feet)! Although very rare they have been seen in Dumfries and Galloway. It is a _ _ _ _ _ _ Eagle.
Find our family of Otters . can you see the tiny bird sharing their riverbank? It is called a _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.
Find the case about Flourescent Minerals. Can you see the stones glow? this happens in _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ light.
Find the case called Dumfries - A Royal Burgh.Can you see the three silver boxes? These were given to important people from Dumfries by the Town Council.
They are called _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .
Find the case called The Seven Trades. Can you see the siller gun? this was the prize in a shooting competition. "Siller" was a another word for _ _ _ _ _ _ .
Find the case about Dumfries Silver. Silver was stamped with marks to garantee its quality. several silversmiths used to work in Dumfries, and the town had its own marks.
These were a _ _ _ _ _ _ _ '_   _ _ _ _ , a stag's head and an anchor.
Find the case called Daily Life. Can you see the gold posy ring? Someone lost this 300 years ago, but it was found again recently by a lady digging her garden! Posy was another way of saying "poetry".
The inscription inside the ring is _ _ _   _ _ _ _ _ _   _ _   _ _ _   _ _ _ _.
Can you see the silver seal matrix? It was used to stamp its owners initials on letters it belonged to _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .
Find the case called Solway Shipping. Can you see the silver boat? The people of Annan gave it to their Member of Parliament in gratitude for the work he had done. Even it sails and ropes are made of silver! It is a Solway _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.

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Completed the Treasure trail at Dumfries Museum on (Date)...........