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Scotland's history, stitched with passion

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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The Great Tapestry of Scotland Welcome Panel Tour

Led by culture and leisure charity Live Borders, The Great Tapestry of Scotland Welcome Panel Tour will visit iconic and accessible venues throughout Scotland, including:

  • Floors Castle  on 2 and 3 May 2020, 10:30 to 17:00 – Scotland’s largest inhabited castle and family home of the Duke of Roxburghe, Floors Castle was designed by leading Edinburgh architect William Adam for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721. Floors is home to an outstanding collection of art, including the set of Brussels tapestries and the Gobelins tapestries.
  • Traquair House, Still Room on 9 and 10 May, 11:00 to 17:00 – Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, dating back to 1107 and lived in by the Stuart family since 1491. Originally a royal hunting lodge, Traquair played host to 27 Scottish Kings and Queens, including Mary Queen of Scots, and later as staunch Catholics the family supported the Jacobite cause.
  • Abbotsford on 30 May 2020, 10:00 to 17:00 – Standing on the banks of the River Tweed near Galashiels, Abbotsford was the creation of the famous 19th century Scottish novelist, poet and playwright Sir Walter Scott. It was built almost 200 years ago on the proceeds of his successful literary career. Abbotsford is an enduring monument to the tastes, talents and personal tragedies of its creator.
  • Mellerstain House  on 5 June, 11:00 – One of Scotland’s finest stately homes, this Robert Adam masterpiece is a ‘must-see’ with exquisite interiors, fine art, embroidery, china and furniture collections. Set in acres of tranquil parkland with lakeside and woodland walks, stunning gardens, outdoor art exhibitions, café, play area and holiday cottages.
  • Harestanes on 10 June, 10:00 – 17:00 – in the Book Nook. Countryside walks, accessible and inclusive play park, gift shop and café.
  • Bigger Museum on 12 June, 10:00 – 17:00, in the Special Exhibition Room. Biggar Museum Trust aims to collect, store, preserve and record Biggar and Upper Clydesdale’s rich archaeological, social and historic heritage. The museum explores 14,000 years of rural and small town life in Upper Clydesdale. It focuses on the people who have lived and worked here from prehistoric times up to the mid-20th century.
  • Scotland’s Women’s Institute Summer School at the Heriot Watt University Textiles campus in Galashiels from 20 to 24 July 2020 – bringing a broad mix of women together to connect, share, teach and meet.
  • The Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) Conference in Glasgow from 12 to 16 October – The Associated Country Women of the World exists to amplify the voices of rural women, so that the problems they face and the solutions they raise are heard and acknowledged by international policy-makers and legislators; and a variety venues and events supporting social inclusion in Scotland, including care homes (full details will be confirmed at a later date).

Past events

  • Marchmont House in Berwickshire – on 1 February 2020 – a stunning Palladian mansion built in 1750 by Hugh Hume-Campbell, 3rd Earl of Marchmont. Long thought to have been designed by William Adam, with major changes commissioned at a later date by eminent Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer. Winner of the Historic Houses/Sotheby’s Restoration Award 2018.