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Moments in History is the first exhibition ever to focus on William Hunter’s British medals - an outstanding collection considered to be one of the best in the world. There are 932 British medals in Hunter’s collection and this special new exhibition highlights 108 of them. The beautifully crafted, intricate works of art in gold, silver and bronze date from 1524 to 1781 and have been divided into a wide range of themes, from the pomp and pageantry of royal events, through to the bitter chaos of the English Civil War, dramatic Jacobite risings and the flourishing of the arts and sciences during the Enlightenment. Highlights include Henry VIII, Supremacy of the Church, one of the earliest medals made in Britain in 1545 Dangers Averted, a medal given by Elizabeth I as a reward to naval officers after the destruction of the Spanish Armada in 1588 the only medal to be struck relating to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and the Charles I Scottish Coronation (pictured), one of only three surviving in gold from 1633. Medals are just one artistic medium through which an individual or event can be remembered, celebrated, or even satirised and used as propaganda. This exhibition brings to life the personalities and stories behind the medals, each one capturing unique moments in history that shaped our world.

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Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

82 Hillhead Street University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Scotland

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