Meet my scary mask
I’ve been working on a fascinating project where writers are paired with historical treasures and asked to respond to them in just 62 words. It’s a follow on from a V&A project last year.
This year, 26 Treasures is joining forces with the National Museum of Scotland, the Ulster Museum and the National Library of Wales. And my object is the very wonderful wig and mask of Alexander Peden from the National Museum of Scotland.
Peden was a renegade Covenanting minister who gave illegal sermons on hillsides in Scotland during the ‘Killing Times’ of the 17th century. Apparently, he wore this mask and wig as a disguise, and was one of the lucky few to evade capture.
My 62 word response will be on show at the National Museum of Scotland from St Andrew’s Day (30 November 2011) to Burn’s Night (26 January 2012).
See the 26 Treasures blog for more.