The Solway Hoard Exhibition

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm June 19, 2024
Town House Museum
High Street
Dunbar, EH42 1ER

Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery 11th May to 23rd June 2024

Opening Hours: Wed-Sun, 1-5pm


The exhibition invites you to travel 1000 years into the future where a hoard of valuable and rare plastic objects has been found.

Scottish artists Coleman & Hodges have created the exhibition which explores the many different futures of plastic through the eyes of a museum set in the future. The Solway Hoard considers the legacy of our time: The Plastic Age (1950-2050). By travelling to a museum set 1,000 years into the future, we can reflect on this period through the exhibits and their stories.

“One of the best exhibitions I have seen. It’s about plastic. It’s about fossil fuel use. It’s about the failure to tackle climate change and environmental destruction. It’s quirky, futuristic and sparklingly imaginative.”
Exhibition Visitor

“Absolutely brilliant and imaginative. Such a great concept”
Exhibition Visitor

The artists will also be collecting plastic objects for a new Dunbar focused exhibition that will run alongside The Solway Hoard. They will be running participatory workshops, inviting participants to create new stories around these objects for the exhibition. The workshops will engage people in imagining scenarios which will explore our current addiction to plastics and the implications for our future.

The exhibition is inspired by The Galloway Hoard, the collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects discovered in S.W Scotland. This new exhibition features additional treasures from Dunbar. It is a compelling journey into the many possible futures of plastic.

Originally commissioned by Solway Firth Partnership in collaboration with The Museums of the FutureNow, it is being shown in Dunbar with the support of North Light Arts and East Lothian Council.

All workshops are free and open to all.

To find out more from Coleman & Hodges:

Images of workshops:

Workshop produced by North Light Arts with funding from The Inchrye Trust and ELC

Background : The Museums of the FutureNow is an innovative project that exists at the intersection of art, futures thinking and storytelling. We believe that the use of imagination can help us explore complex social and ecological issues and affirm that all of us can make the future. The Museums of the Future Now is a collaboration between artists Robbie Coleman and Jo Hodges ( and Dr. Mike Bonaventura.

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