FAQ

Is this really the longest tapestry in the world?

We believe that the longest embroidered tapestry in the world until now has been the 120 metre Kieskamma tapestry which hangs at the entrance of the South African Parliament. The Great Tapestry of Scotland is 143 metres long.

How long is the Bayeux Tapestry?

The Bayeux tapestry is approximately 70 metres long.

How long did it take to stitch?

Stitching began in the Spring of 2012 and was almost complete for the first exhibition in September 2013. At that point four panels out of a total 160 panels remained unfinished. These panels were completed in late 2013 and the completed tapestry was hung for the first time in Aberdeen Art Gallery from February to April 2014. Each panel (1 metre x 1 metre) took at least 500 hours to complete. That is a total of more than 50,000 hours (equivalent to sewing 24 hours a day for 6 years!).

Where will the tapestry hang?

We hope the tapestry will find a permanent home in Scotland. Read about recent developments here.

Will it tour?

Yes! The Great Tapestry of Scotland is touring venues in Scotland throughout 2014. It will be at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh from July 1-September 13. When planning your visit, please check the Parliament website for opening hours and note that the building is closed on Sundays.

After the Parliament exhibition, the tapestry will travel to New Lanark World Heritage Site. You can visit it there in late October and November.

In 2013-14 the tapestry has been visited over 100,000 people at the Anchor Mill in Paisley, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Cockenzie House, Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Scottish Parliament. Thank you to everyone who visited and worked so hard to make these exhibitions successful. Help us to spread the word!

Further tour dates for venues in Scotland, the rest of the UK and overseas will be announced soon.
Watch this website for details.

How can I get involved?

Stitching for the current tapestry is now complete. Watch this website for details of future projects. Thanks to all who got involved in stitching, driving, creating, finishing, baking cakes and keeping spirits high!

Will the tapestry have an educational role?

We are now working on a children’s book, A History of Scotland, inspired by the Tapestry. This is being written by the wonderful children’s historian, Allan Burnett and will be published by Birlinn, Scotland’s leading independent publishing house, in July 2014. Allan will do events in schools throughout Scotland to bring history to life and we hope that many schools groups will visit the Tapestry as it tours.

In March 2014, in Aberdeen, an organisation called Harmony Squared worked with upper primary school aged children to use music and history to make the most of the Tapestry as a resource for this age group.

During the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2013 we held an event for teachers and those in education. Writer and children’s historian Allan Burnett led the session with Dorie Wilkie and teachers got a very clear idea of how the Tapestry can be used to inspire and enthuse, as a backdrop and teaching tool for subjects across the curriculum – local and national history, music, drama, creative writing, dance and much, much more. We hope that Allan will be back at the festival during August 2014 and will be taking an active role at the Parliament over the summer too.

As it tours Scotland schools will have the opportunity to visit the tapestry.

Where can I see The Great Tapestry of Scotland?

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is off show over the Christmas period but returns to display at the end of January when it opens in Stirling Castle. The exhibition in Stirling will be open 7 days a week, from 31 January – 8 March 2015. Please note that the exhibition is free but you will need to pay an entrance fee to the castle to view it.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland was launched at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and was displayed from 3-21 September 2013. A selection of panels then travelled to the Cheltenham Literature Festival from 4-13 October 2013 and the whole tapestry was exhibited at Cockenzie House in East Lothian from October-December 2013.

In 2014 the Tapestry was exhibited at Aberdeen Art Gallery from February-April and then at the Anchor Mill, Paisley, from 3 May-8 June. It returned to the Scottish Parliament for the summer, from 1 July – 13 September when approx 84,000 people came to see it. It was then on display at New Lanark from 20 October – 23 November and this time attracted more than 11,000 visitors taking the total who have seen in since Sept 2013 to more than 200,000.

Please note that the tapestry exhibitions at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and at New Lanark are now closed.
Further tour dates will be announced on this site and in the press.