Chessmen come home

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The Lewis Chessmen have arrived on home soil as they await the official opening of the new purpose-built museum at Lews Castle on July 14th. Pictured alongside the Chessmen in the new museum is Nick Smith, Heritage Manager.

Six pieces have returned to the Western Isles where they were discovered more than 150-years with a King, Queen, bishop, knight, warder and pawn making up the stunning display. Figures from the Lewis Chessmen have only previously been displayed on the islands on a short-term basis but they will go on permanent display as part of a loan between the Comhairle and the British Museum.

See our video featuring the new museum on Monday, July 11th at: www.stornowaygazette.co.uk