Iron: Origins and Destinations included three different aspects that examined iron – a symposium, an exhibition and an iron-casting workshop. The symposium and related events provided a unique opportunity to learn about the fundamental role that iron plays in our lives, the impact of this material throughout history and how this has influenced ancient and contemporary culture.
Launching with the symposium, the day included the first viewing of a specially-commissioned documentary film, Iron: Origins and Destinations, made in collaboration with filmmaker and ECA graduate Rachel Nolan, along with presentations and discussion by a panel of experts.
Peter Davidson, Senior Curator of Mineralogy in the Natural Sciences Department of National Museums Scotland Collection Centre described aspects of iron’s arrival on earth through meteorite falls and its use in the creation of early artefacts. Gemma Cruickshanks, Post-Excavation Officer for National Museums Scotland discussed the material culture of Iron Age Scotland and looked at the first ironworkers in Scotland; what, where and how they were making, and how their craft and the uses of iron changed throughout the Iron Age.