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Scotland's history, stitched with passion

To celebrate the Great Tapestry of Scotland’s people’s story of Scotland and the development of its purpose built new visitor centre (opening in spring 2021), we are launching a competition for artists of all ages to create a work of art that captures an iconic moment in Scottish, history, heritage or culture. CLICK HERE for full competition details.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is one of the world’s largest tapestries consisting of 160 hand stitched panels created by 1,000 stitchers.

It’s a remarkable achievement: in an age of speed and technology, it has been created with wool and linen, slowly, methodically and with people coming together to share stories and create a record of their history.

A brand new visitor experience, which will open in Galashiels in Spring 2021 as a leading attraction in Scotland’s portfolio, will celebrate the creative talents of the stitchers, the story of Scotland and its people, and the wider textiles’ story in the Borders.

From Mary Queen of Scots to Scotland at the movies, Robert the Bruce to the rise of Dundee, all are invited to explore the Great Tapestry of Scotland in Galashiels.

In addition to the Tapestry with interactive displays and audio guides, there will be changing exhibitions and education activities; a gift shop and café with seasonal and local produce; as well as a programme of events for all ages.

Group tours are welcome: please get in touch for more details tapestry@liveborders.org.uk

Check out the leaflet HERE.

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Great Tapestry Colour-ins

We have created these fun colouring sheets featuring some of panels from the Great Tapestry of Scotland to support you through these difficult times.

We hope they help you to relax, destress and discover Scotland’s many great stories of history, heritage and culture safely from your own home. They are suitable for both children and adults, and contain some additional challenges that help you learn more about each of the topics.

When you complete any of these activities please do share them via our social media channels using the hashtag #OurStory. Any child (up to the age of 16) who brings one of these completed colouring in activities with them to our new interactive Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor experience, after the centre opens in spring 2021, will receive a special gift.

“Stitched by 1,000 people from every corner of Scotland, from the Northern Isles to the Border with England, the Great Tapestry of Scotland’s 160 panels collectively tell the people’s story of Scotland from 420,000,000BC to present day. Whatever your interest, you will very likely find a panel celebrating it – from arts, film, music and culture to sports, innovations, industry and history.

Please find the four panels on the download section to the right of this page.

Note: These colouring in pages were created from a photo of the embroidered tapestry panels. They do not contain all the wonderful intricate details that can be seen in Andrew Crummy’s original sketches for the Great Tapestry of Scotland or the panels themselves.

Welcome Panel Tour 2020

Due to the current pandemic situation, the Welcome Panel Tour has been postponed.

We look forward to announcing when the tour will recommence offering you the opportunity to add a stitch into this historic project.