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Celebrating Scotland's role in a history of the world

A replica of the world's first bicycle (image from Dumfries Museum)
Celebrate Scotland's contribution to world history at Dumfries Museum

A Relic Trail of historical objects inspired by a Children's BBC TV series has been launched by Dumfries Museum.

The trail invites children and families to form teams to discover and observe a number of objects in a challenge inspired by the programme Relic: Guardians of the Museum.

Visitors will be encouraged to look at an item for a fixed amount of time before drawing it from memory, or strike a pose based on an exhibit, or decipher a code-based puzzle based on the exhibits in the museum's collection.

They include a replica of the world's first bicycle, a plaster cast of Robert the Bruce's skull, part of an altar to the Roman goddess Minerva and a measuring stick from 1762 which was used by Dumfries Council.


Jamie Rea, executive producer at CBBC, said the Relic Trail - which also appears in Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life and the Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling - would be a test of memory, reasoning and problem solving.

"Bringing history to life was the inspiration for the CBBC series and these trails give families the chance to do just that as they discover the stories and personalities behind their local museum's collection," said Jamie.

"We hope that the families taking part will not only love the challenge of completing the Relic Trails but will also learn something new about the objects they encounter."

Exhibits in Dumfries Museum also feature in the BBC's A History of the World project and website.



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