AN EXHIBITION at Perth Museum and Art Gallery will bring visitors face-to-face with the Pictish past.

Picts and Pixels will open this Friday, May 19, and will allow visitors to explore the Pictish era through virtual reality headsets and interactive stations.

The attractions will include a digital reconstruction of Moredun Top Hill Fort in Perth as it may have been, which visitors can fly through and explore.

Those heading can also get hands on and examine ancient Pictish objects up close through 3D modelling technology, including the Inchyra Stone and a 'Celtic' stone head, originally found by two schoolboys in 1965 at the North Muirton end of the North Inch.

Forensic artist Hayley Fisher will be producing a 2D facial reconstruction of a Pict, using a partial skeleton found in Blair Atholl.

Items loaned from the National Museum of Scotland will also be on display at the exhibition. These include the intricate, ornate silver Aldclune brooch and Clunie brooch and a reconstruction of a Pictish throne.

Some of the museum's own collection will also feature, including the remains of ancient weapons and the Pittensorn fragment.

A programme of events will accompany the exhibition, which runs until August 13. These include digital skills workshops for young people, led by the University of St Andrews, on 3D modelling; VR and virtual tours; plus the return of Game Jam, allowing visitors to road-test games of the future.

The exhibition will also be combined with Museum Late, a foray into late-night events.

It will open the exhibition on Friday evening with music from Heartland FM's Weekend Wind Down DJ Simon Duncan and performances from Adventure Circus.

Beer will be supplied by Perth's Inveralmond Brewery, with a free drink on entry.

Helen Smout, chief executive of Culture Perth and Kinross, which delivers and develops museum and library services across the county, said: "We're hugely excited about Picts and Pixels. It's a ground-breaking exhibition, one that pushes the boundaries of what a museum exhibit is, and it comes hot on the heels of our highly successful Brick City LEGO exhibition.

“This is sure to be a must-see for locals, and a big draw for out-of-town visitors. Who wouldn't want to play with history?"