Exhibits go on show

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Stranraer Museum is now hosting two exhibitions - Fabulous Finds and It’s Rubbish.

The former is a glittering exhibition of recent archaeological finds from across Dumfries and Galloway.

Many of the fascinating objects on display have been uncovered by the public either through luck or use of metal detectors, but all have found their way to the local museum through the law of Treasure Trove.

Treasure Trove is based on the common law of Scotland, quod nullius est fit domini regis: “that which belongs to nobody becomes our Lord the King’s or Queen’s)”. In this exhibition are objects ranging from prehistoric flints to Viking weights, Bronze Age swords to medieval papal seals as well as full-sized replicas of prehistoric standing stones.

It’s Rubbish was developed in partnership with the DG Zero Waste Volunteer Programme. This exhibition explores how rubbish has been dealt with through history and what it can tell us about how people lived in the past.

The exhibition also looks at what happens today and how we can reduce the amount of rubbish we produce.

On display you will also find the finalists of the “It’s Not Rubbish” competition run in schools in 2012 and the museum’s very own wormery. School and group workshops are available, information on which can be had by calling 01776 705 088.

The Fabulous Finds exhibition is on now and runs until February 23. It’s Rubbish runs from January 22 to February 23 (the wormery is on site now). The museum is open Monday to Friday from 10-4pm, Saturday 10-1pm and 1.30-4.30. Admission is free.