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Crowd facing speakers in lecture hall at Playing the Past

January 2015 Newsletter

On 26 January, Dig It! 2015, the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the National Museum of Scotland teamed up for an evening event called, ‘Playing the Past’, to explore game playing past and present. The entire event was free and as you can see from the photo, it was a full house!  

To coincide with the new Game Masters exhibition, a panel of experts came together to talk about everything from the historical importance of Ludo and the archaeology of Atari to cleaning up after alien massacres and fleeing from zombies. 

Then it was time to play! Three brave souls took on an International Chess Master while giant Jenga towers came crashing down. Others grabbed a glass of whisky or a cocktail, kindly provided byGlenmorangie, as they travelled back in time to play medieval Nine Men’s Morris (below) and Viking Hnefenafl. 

We had a lot of fun at the event and from the feedback collected afterwards, it sounds as if you did as well. If you’d like to check out the next National Museum of Scotland events, click here, or you can view all of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland events by clicking here.

Image credit: Chris Mackinnon