A selection of panels from the Great Tapestry of Scotland. On exhibition at Scotland’s Jute Museum at Verdant Works, Dundee, 19th March-1st May 2016

1 The Great Tapestry of Scotland
5 The Wildwood and its fauna c8,500BC
8 Broch, Cairn, Quarn
10 Mons Graupius 83AD, The Romans Build Walls
12 Irish Warbands Invade, Dalriada Founded, Columba at Iona 563 AD, Dunadd
15 The Picts Defeat the Angles at Dunnichen 685 AD
16 The Coming of the Vikings
21 St Margaret at Dunfermline c1080
23 David I Fosters the Wool Trade C1130s
24 St Andrews Cathedral
29 William Wallace and Andrew Moray 1290s
30 Bannockburn 1314
32 The Black Death, Deserted Farms c1350s
33 St Andrews University 1413
37 Chepman and Miller set up the first printing press 1507
39 Harris Waulking
40 Flodden 1513
43 Scottish Reformation – A School in Every Parish, 1560s
44 Mary Queen of Scots
47 The Making of the King James Bible 1611
49 Witches
52 Montrose Defeated at Philhaugh Near Selkirk 1645
57 The Act of Union, Edinburgh, 1707
58 Jacobite Rising 1715, Chaotic Battle at Sherriffmuir
59 Modern Kilt Invented, Lochaber 1723
60 Jacobite Rising 1745
63 Royal and Ancient Golf Club Founded in St Andrews 1754
65 James Small Invents the swing plough 1770
68 James Watt and the Steam Engine
69 Tobacco Lords
70 Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, Kirkcaldy
72 Highland and Lowland Clearances Gather Pace
73 Home weaving, reeling and spinning
75 James Boswell and smoked fish
76 The Forth and Clyde Canal, Irish Navvies, Burke and Hare
77 Scotland and the drive for The Empire
78 Robert Owen and New Lanark 1783
79 Robert Burns’ Tam O’Shanter, 1791
84 The Scotsman founded 1817
85 George Smith founds The Glenlivet Distillery 1824
86 Borders Tweed
88 Sheep shearing
89 First Reform Act 1832
91 Victoria at Balmoral, 1850s/60s
92 Scots in India
95 The Railway Boom and The Forth Rail Bridge
98 Irish immigration after the famine, Founding of Celtic and Rangers Football Clubs
99 James Clerk Maxwell
100 Scotland in Africa
101 Highland Games
105 Paisley Peacock
107 Paisley Lady
109 Workshops of the empire
110 Scottish Trades Union Congress Forms in Glasgow 1897
112 Herring Girls
113 The Discovery sails from Dundee
114 Dundee, Jute Jounalism
116 Charles Rennie Mackintosh Designs Glasgow School of Art
118 1914-1918 War
123 Women get the Vote
124 Whaling
125 General Strike 1926
126 Fair Isle
128 Ramsay MacDonald Prime Minister, rise of the Labour Party
130 Paisley tenement
131 The Second World War
132 The Clydebank Blitz 1941
137 National Health Service founded
138 Television arrives 1950s STV Grampian, Border TV, BBC
139 Washer Woman
141 North Sea Oil Licenses Granted 1965, Aberdeen, Nigg Bay
144 Pop Music Booms
146 Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Work-In, Jimmy Reid, 1971
148 The Rise of the SNP, 1974 Elections
149 Scotland at the Movies
150 Scotland’s World Cup Campaign in Argentina, Ally’s Army, 1978
151 Miners’ Strike 1982, Decline of Heavy Industry
154 Dolly the Sheep Cloned in Edinburgh 1997
155 The Scottish Parliament Reconvenes 1999
156 Parliament of the Ancestors – Parliament for the Future 1
156 Parliament of the Ancestors – Parliament for the Future 2
156 Parliament of the Ancestors – Parliament for the Future 3
156 Parliament of the Ancestors – Parliament for the Future 4
157 Parliament of the Ancestors – Parliament for the Future 5
157 Parliament of the Ancestors – Parliament for the Future 6
157 Parliament of the Ancestors – Parliament for the Future 7
157 Parliament of the Ancestors – Parliament for the Future 8
158 Map of Scotland today
160 Credits


A selection of panels from The Great Tapestry of Scotland was on display at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery from 9th January- 20th February 2016. PLEASE NOTE THIS EXHIBITION HAS NOW CLOSED.

The selection of panels on display included:

1 The Great Tapestry of Scotland
2 Ceaseless Sea
3 The Formation of Scotland
4 Scotland Emerges from the Ice
5 The Wildwood
7 The First Farmers
8 Brochs, Crannogs and Cairns
10 The Coming of the Legions
12 Dalriada
15 Dunnichen
16 The Vikings
20 King Macbeth
21 St Margaret of Scotland
26 Somerled, Lord of The Isles
27 Haakon at Kyleakin
28 The Death of Alexander III
32 The Black Death
35 Orkney, Shetland and Scotland
39 Waulking
40 Flodden
43 The Scottish Reformation
44 Mary, Queen of Scots
47 The Making of the King James Bible
49 Witches
50 The National Covenant
51 Droving
54 Massacre at Glencoe, 1692
56 The Darien Scheme
57 The Act of Union, 1707
58 The Jacobite Rising of 1715
59 The Kilt
60 The Jacobite Rising of 1745
61 The Ordnance Survey
62 English Advances, Gaelic Retreats
66 Enlightenment Edinburgh
67 Edinburgh’s New Town
70 Adam Smith
72 Highland and Lowland Clearances Gather Pace
73 Weaving and Spinning
75 James Boswell and Smoked Fish
79 Robert Burns and ‘Tam o’ Shanter’
82 Walter Scott
83 Fingal’s Cave
85 George Smith and the Glenlivet
88 Sheep Shearing
89 First Reform Act
91 Queen Victoria at Balmoral
96 The Caithness School
97 Fitba
101 Highland Games
103 Shinty and Curling
104 Scots in North America
106 The Battle of the Braes
108 Robert Louis Stevenson
110 Scottish Trades Union Congress Forms
111 Keir Hardie
112 Herring Girls
117 Munros
118 1914-1918 War
119 The Building of HMS Hood, Battle of Ypres 1917
121 The Sinking of HMS Iolaire off Stornoway 1919
123 Women Get the Vote
124 Whaling
127 Hugh MacDiarmid
128 Ramsay MacDonald Prime Minister, rise of the Labour Party
130 Tenement Life
133 War Defences
134 D-Day 1944
137 National Health Service
138 Television Arrives
141 North Sea Oil
142 Aberdeen
149 Scotland at the Movies
154 Dolly the Sheep
155 The Scottish Parliament Reconvenes, 1999
156 Parliament of the Ancestors – Parliament for the Future 1
158 Map of Scotland
159 Ceaseless Sea
160 Credits


*In partnership with Museum nan Eilean, 30 panels from the tapestry will be on display at Sgoil Lionacleit from 14 November-December 22. A number of events for all ages will be held at the exhibition.

Great Tapestry of Scotland originator, author Alexander McCall Smith, said: “I am delighted that The Great Tapestry of Scotland is coming to the Western Isles. The Western Isles have made a great contribution to the history of Scotland and this is reflected in a number of the tapestry’s panels. I hope that as many people as possible will take the chance to see this magnificent and moving work of art when it comes to them in November and December.”

The project’s co-chairman and historian, Alistair Moffat, said: “ S e seo eachdraidh eile na h’Alba. Eachdraidh ur agus eachdraidh a tha muinntir na h’Alba fhein air a dheanamh. This is a history of all of Scotland, and one that attempts to compass not only the whole nation but also all of its people as it tells the stories of shepherds, weavers, ploughmen, crofters, fishermen and all of the people who made our story come alive. Kings, queens and other powerful people have their place, but this is a unique way of telling our history – because it was made by the people of Scotland, a thousand stitchers, from Berwickshire to the Butt of Lewis.”

Trish Campbell Botten, Principal Officer Libraries & Heritage – “We are delighted to welcome the Great Tapestry of Scotland to the Outer Hebrides in our council museum space in Benbecula. This is a wonderful opportunity to see such an impressive piece of art and history on our own doorsteps and to see the work created by local stitchers. ”

Five of the tapestry’s stitchers are residents of the Western Isles. Margaret Macleod and Mary Macleod, the Lewis Stitchers, combined to make an early panel representing the visit of the Greek traveller Pytheas, who took a reading of latitude at Calanais in the fourth century BC.

A stitching group who named themselves ‘The Sea-Mistresses’ worked on the panel depicting the loss of HMY Iolaire in 1919. This group consisted of Tracey MacLeod and Gillian Scott-Forest from Harris and Moira Macpherson from South Uist. Over the months of winter stitching,
this group sent their panel back and forth to each other in the care of Caledonian Macbrayne on the Leverburgh-Berneray ferry.

November opening hours: Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 10am-1pm & 2-5pm; Thur 10am-1pm & 2pm-7pm; Closed Sun & Mon.
December opening hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat 10am-1pm & 2-5pm; Fri 10am-1pm & 2pm-7pm; Closed Sun & Mon.

FREE ADMISSION; Tapestry merchandise is available, payment by cash or cheque only

9. Pytheas Circumnavigates Scotland, Visits Calanais
12. The Kingdom of Dalriada
16. The Invasion of the Vikings
26. Somerled, Lord of the Isles
32. The Black Death
39. Wool Waulking
43. The Scottish Reformation
51. Droving
54. The Massacre at Glencoe, 1692
60. The Jacobite Rising, 1745
72. The Highland and Lowland Clearances
73. Weaving and Spinning
79. Robert Burns
88. Sheep Shearing
89. The First Reform Act, 1832
97. Fitba
101. Highland Games
103. Shinty and Curling
104. The Scots in North America
106. The Battle of the Braes
112. Herring Girls
118. 1914-1918 War
121. The Sinking of HMY Iolaire
124. Whaling
131. World War II
150. Scotland’s World Cup in Argentina
152. Gaelic Resurgence
154. Dolly the Sheep
155. The Scottish Parliament Reconvenes, 1999
159. Ceaseless Sea


We are delighted to announce the dates of three more exhibitions that will take the Great Tapestry of Scotland to new communities across the country. The tapestry will be travelling to the Highlands and Islands in autumn and winter and, in the spring, it will be on display in Dundee.

In partnership with Museum nan Eilean, 30 panels will be on display at Sgoil Lionacleit on Benbecula from 14 November-22 December, 2015.

From 9 January-20 February 2016 tapestry panels will be on display at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.

Dundee Heritage Trust will display panels in the newly renovated High Mill in Scotland’s Jute Museum @ Verdant Works from 19 March-1 May, 2016.

Salmond's Personal Appeal for Return of Rosslyn Panel

Former First Minister Alex Salmond, MP, has made a very personal, non-political plea to the person who removed the Rosslyn Chapel panel from Kirkcaldy Galleries.

In this video, released to the Press and Journal on September 15, Salmond speaks of the tapestry as “one of the greatest community-based projects in history.” He speaks self-deprecatingly of his own first encounter with the tapestry, when he mistook the crowds outside the Scottish Parliament exhibition for a queue of people waiting for First Minister’s Questions, and describes the crime as not just stealing from individuals but “stealing from the people, from the nation.”

In a heartfelt appeal to the conscience of the thief, he honours the work of Andrew Crummy, the seven Midlothian stitchers who created the Rosslyn Chapel panel, and everyone involved with the project.

Watch and share the video on the Press and Journal site here.


Fife Cultural Trust (FCT) has called for the public to help track down one of the panels from the Great Tapestry of Scotland that was stolen from Kirkcaldy Galleries on the morning of Thursday September 10th.

The panel illustrating the story of Rosslyn Chapel was removed from display at around 10am.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is one of the biggest community projects in the world, with 160 individual panels, lovingly stitched by more than 1,000 volunteers. The Tapestry has been on display at Kirkcaldy Galleries since 20 June and in that time over 50,000 people have been amazed and delighted by the scale, quality and exuberance of the design and fantastic detail of the stitching.

Fife Cultural Trust is working closely with the police to review CCTV footage.

Laurie Piper, Head of External Relations for Fife Cultural Trust said:

“We are proud and delighted to be able to have the Great Tapestry here on loan, and to give the people of Fife the opportunity to experience this amazing artwork at first hand. The Tapestry has been exhibited all over the country and has been seen by over 300,000 people since it first started touring.

“The people of Fife have taken the Tapestry to their hearts and we are now hoping that they will help us to bring it back where it belongs – alongside its 159 companions.”

The panel was designed by artist Andrew Crummy and lovingly stitched by volunteers in Midlothian. The panel took hundreds of hours to create and has now been stolen from the people of Scotland.

“This is a terrible blow for a project that has brought so much joy to so many people. I appeal to those who have taken this panel to return it. Words cannot express how shocked I am that somebody should damage in this way what is now widely seen as a great national treasure,” said Alexander McCall Smith, co-chair of The Great Tapestry of Scotland.

Members of the public who may have information regarding the whereabouts of the Rosslyn Chapel panel are urged to get in touch with the local police on 101 or Fife Cultural Trust on 01592 583204.

The remaining 159 sections of the tapestry will be open to the public to view at Kirkcaldy Galleries until 20th September.

300,000 and Counting: Tapestry Exhibitions Pass Visitor Milestone

On Monday 3rd August, at the exhibition in Kirkcaldy Galleries, the Great Tapestry of Scotland welcomed its 300,000th visitor.

Alan Spiers from Glenrothes, the 300,000th visitor was congratulated by staff at Kirkcaldy Art Gallery and presented with a signed copy of the Great Tapestry of Scotland hardback book. He said: “I feel very privileged – and lucky – to be the 300,00th visitor of this wonderful exhibition. I’ve been really looking forward to it, and this book is a fantastic memento!”

Gavin Grant, Fife Cultural Trust Collections and Exhibitions Team Leader, commented:
“We have been delighted by the fantastic reaction to the Great Tapestry exhibition here in Kirkcaldy. Since we opened in late June over 27,000 people have come to the Galleries and it is proving to be one of our busiest summers ever.”

Since its hugely popular debut exhibition at the Scottish Parliament in September 2013 the tapestry has been touring Scotland. It has been enjoyed by a wide range of visitors from Scotland and across the world. To date it has been exhibited twice at the Scottish Parliament, in Cockenzie House, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Paisley Thread Mill, New Lanark, Stirling Castle and Ayr Town Hall. It is currently on display at Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Galleries until 20th September 2015. Further exhibitions are being finalised.

The Trustees would like to thank the staff and volunteers from all the exhibitions for helping to share the Great Tapestry of Scotland with so many people.

Artist Andrew Crummy comments:
“ What an amazing journey it has been. It is a tribute to not only the stitchers but also to all the other people and communities who have helped with the construction of the tapestry. It is also a tribute to the many who have helped it tour around Scotland in amazing settings. How wonderful it is to share the tapestry with so many people from around the world and I look forward to sharing it with many more in the years to come.”

Inverness Exhibition Announced

Panels from the Great Tapestry of Scotland will be on display at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery in January and February 2016. We are delighted to be exhibiting in the Highland Council Area for the first time. Over 100 residents of the region stitched Great Tapestry of Scotland panels at home during 2012-13 so we are very pleased to be bringing their work back to the community.

The exhibition will run for six weeks from Saturday, January 9 to Saturday, February 20th, 2016. The panels selected for this exhibition will cover the entire sweep of Scottish history and will include depictions of Highland events and culture from Haakon and the Lords of the Isles to the Massacre of Glencoe and the Jacobite rebellions, the invention of the modern kilt, shinty, Highland games, and the Gaelic resurgence.

All panels created by stitchers in the Highland area will be included. Visitors travelling long distances to see a particular panel are advised to check the list of panels on display either here or with the Museum before setting out. The list will be posted here later in 2015.

Tapestry Panels Visit Fife Classrooms

In advance of the tapestry’s summer exhibition at Kirkcaldy, a series of tapestry events took place in eight Fife primary schools in early June. With the help of a series of costumed volunteers at each school, children’s historian Allan Burnett told a sequence of stories from local history represented in tapestry panels: the story of St Margaret, Malcolm Canmore and the establishment of religious foundations and the Queensferry crossing (panel 21); the death of Alexander III at Kinghorn (panel 28); the origins of golf (panel 63); and witches and superstition in the 16th century (panel 49).

At schools in Dunfermline and Rosyth, Great Tapestry stitcher and Hub volunteer Susie Finlayson led stitching workshops for P5-7 pupils. Under the guidance of a team of eight more Great Tapestry stitchers, boys and girls stitched bookmarks with either their names or a Forth Rail Bridge design. After overcoming the first challenge (threading the needle) the group took to the task quickly and soon settled into an attentive silence. After the workshop, one student remarked that she would certainly try stitching again, ‘because it was fun and very relaxing.’

These events were made possible by support from the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and the New Park Educational Trust. Thanks to their generosity, we were able to donate a classroom set of the children’s book The Story of Scotland: Inspired by the Great Tapestry of Scotland as a legacy of the tapestry for each school. Susan Wright, P5 teacher at Wormit Primary reported, ‘The class were buzzing after this event – a big hurray from P5!’

Tapestry Coming to Ayr

We are delighted to announce that the tapestry will have its first exhibition in South West Scotland at Ayr Town Hall during April and May 2015. South Ayrshire Council and Ayr Renaissance have partnered to make the exhibition a centrepiece of the town’s spring programming. The exhibition will begin on Easter Saturday, 4 April, and run until Sunday, May 31.

James Knox, Chairman of Ayr Renaissance, who was responsible for bringing the tapestry to Ayr, said: “This is a great moment in the regeneration of the heart of the town. It is a real coup to get the tapestry to the town hall, where it will attract hordes of visitors keen to see one of the most amazing artworks ever created in Scotland by Scots of Scots for Scots.”

Councillor Bill Grant, holder of the council’s portfolio for Economic Development, Tourism, and Leisure, said “If you are handy with a needle and thread, interested in Scottish history, or simply want to visit a unique free exhibition, then make sure you visit The Great Tapestry of Scotland while it’s in Ayr Town Hall. With 160 historical panels each depicting a moment from Scotland’s past up to the 21st century, and created by skilled needlework enthusiasts, it will be a stunning sight. I know that I will be visiting more than once.”

Read the full press release here .

Stirling Castle Exhibition Opens

The Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition at Stirling Castle opened on January 31st. We are delighted to be partnering with Historic Scotland to show the tapestry in such a magnificent venue. Hanging in the recently restored Great Hall of the castle, the tapestry looks superb in a setting that has been at the centre of so much Scottish history. Over 1,000 visitors attended the first weekend. The People’s Panel is available for stitching at the exhibition – come along and add your stitch!

Exhibition at New Lanark now closed

The Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition at New Lanark is now closed. Thank you to the 11,000+ who visited the Tapestry here and to all of the staff at New Lanark and our wonderful volunteers who transform the visitor experience with their information, guidance and stories.


The Great Tapestry of Scotland has attracted more than 10,000 visitors in just four weeks at New Lanark. Thank you to all who have visited the exhibition so far and for those still considering a visit, remember this exhibition comes to an end on 23 November 2014.


The Great Tapestry of Scotland will be on display in the Great Hall at Stirling Castle, from 31st January to the 8th March 2015. The exhibition will be open 7 days a week, from 9.30am–5pm. Last admissions are 4.15pm.
Please note: Admission is included in the price of entry to the castle. For group bookings of 11 people or more please 0131 668 8831/8664. For more information, please visit


The 2014 exhibition of The Great Tapestry of Scotland at the Scottish Parliament has come to an end. The Tapestry was exhibited in the main hall of the Parliament building from1 July – 13 September and in that time approx 80,000 people came to see it, many spending four hours or more going round the panels.

The stitchers who gave of their time and knowledge to guide visitors through the exhibition, greatly enriched their experience and the trustees and Parliament exhibition team are grateful to them all.

During the exhibition, a ‘People’s Panel’ was stitched by visitors and volunteers. This is not yet complete but when it is, it will be displayed within the Parliament building as a permanent reminder of our two exhibitions


On 20 August 2014, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond confirmed Government support for a new centre to house The Great Tapestry of Scotland. The site, previously identified as Tweedbank, is at the end of the new Borders Railway line and it is hoped that combined strengths of the railway (with steam trains running) and the Great Tapestry of Scotland will attract tourists and local visitors alike. Feasibility studies are ongoing and will report back towards the end of the year. Media across Scotland reported the news and you can get a taste of what they said on the ITV website
and on The Herald site

Sat 20 September - an event for the family

Allan Burnett: The Story of Scotland. Allan Burnett is famous for making history exciting for all ages. He will talk about his new book, The Story of Scotland inspired by the Great Tapestry of Scotland, a humorous yet informative book for readers aged 8-12, at 11am, Far from the Madding Crowd, 20 High Street, Linlithgow. ’A trip through time and a whole lot of adventures along the way: expect props!’ Contact shop for more details.


We are back at the Scottish Parliament and very much in the news. Read about us in the press, at the BBC and STV and find us on line


The Great Tapestry of Scotland team build the new exhibition at the Scottish Parliament. In real time this took three full days, but you can watch it all in just a few seconds. Click here to view


The Great Tapestry of Scotland has returned to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh for the summer. Its launch and first exhibition there in September 2013 broke all sorts of Parliament records: for visitor numbers and for the number of scones sold in the coffee shop! We are delighted that the tapestry is being welcomed back for an extended stay.

You are invited to stitch!
New for this exhibition, the first time the completed tapestry has been displayed in Edinburgh, is the People’s Panel. Commissioned to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the reconvening of the Scottish Parliament on July 1, 1999, the panel has been designed by The Great Tapestry of Scotland artist Andrew Crummy. All exhibition visitors are invited to contribute a stitch to the panel, which will become part of the Scottish Parliament’s permanent art collection once complete.

Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick, MSP said, ‘I am looking forward to welcoming the people of Scotland to the Parliament to stitch their way into the history of their Parliament. This will create a permanent legacy of the Tapestry at Holyrood and the work of so many hands.’ Read more about the People’s Panel here .

A number of free talks and special events by the makers of the tapestry will take place at the exhibition. Details and booking information can be found here .

Dates and Hours

July 1 – September 13, 2014

Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
Closed Sunday

NB – the Parliament building’s opening hours are extended when Parliament is not in recess. Full details of opening hours can be found here

Stitching of the People’s Panel is subject to availability.

One Step Closer to a Permanent Home

Scotland’s history to come home to the Borders?

The Scottish Borders Council reached a momentous agreement today at a full meeting of Councillors held in Hawick. After a full year of careful consideration of proposals from across the country, a site in the Scottish Borders has been confirmed as the preferred option for a permanent home for THE GREAT TAPESTRY OF SCOTLAND, one of Scotland’s greatest works of art and a remarkable telling of our nation’s story.

Scotland’s people’s historian and Borders man, Alistair Moffat; the much loved author, Alexander McCall Smith; and the hugely talented artist, Andrew Crummy created this remarkable project which was transformed from artwork to stitched masterpiece by Dorie Wilkie and 1000+ volunteer stitchers from across Scotland, many of them from the Borders area. Councillors for the area voted overwhelmingly to approve a move forward and business studies will now be carried out.

The Leader of Scottish Borders Council, David Parker, has identified the key site for a new building designed to house this remarkable work of art. It would stand on a green field adjacent to Tweedbank Station, the terminus for the new Waverley Line. People from all over Scotland will be able to board a ‘train to the tapestry’, and lying midway between the arterial roads, the A7 and A68, the Tweedbank site is easily accessible by road. A permanent home in the Borders would be very appropriate, a stunning piece of embroidery finding its place in a region where textile production has formed part of its history and its future.

David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council said:
“The Great Tapestry of Scotland is a very special and unique work of art. It will become a treasured historical Scottish masterpiece and has the potential to be a very significant visitor attraction. Locating it in Tweedbank in a purpose built facility will truly showcase this magnificent tapestry and the story that it tells of the 420 million years of Scottish history. Its location at the Tweedbank Station will afford many visitors a fantastic opportunity to take the train to the tapestry and also to view other Borders attractions such as Abbotsford, Bowhill and the Borders abbeys. We are at an early stage of the project’s development but I can see no reason why we can’t deliver something very special for the Scottish Borders.”

Alistair Moffat commented:
“By any measure the Great Tapestry of Scotland is a cultural phenomenon. Massively popular, with queues winding around each venue it has visited, it reaches right across Scotland to appeal to all Scots. It tells our nation’s story, the story of a people, in the most vivid manner imaginable. All of the love and care that went into its making shines out to enrapture and set a glow on the faces of all who see it. It has been a privilege to write the narrative, decide what should be included, but nothing prepared me for the first time I saw it last September in the Scottish Parliament. I wept. For all that experience in one place, for the achievement of the stitchers in bringing our ancestors out of the darkness of the past and for the evident glory in the creation of one of the greatest works of art ever made in Scotland, I wept like a bairn – tears of joy, relief, gratitude and pride. It was moving almost beyond words to see the wonders that the Scottish people are capable of bringing forth. And as a Borderer I am delighted that Scottish Borders Council have had the vision to back the project to build a permanent home for this remarkable object at Tweedbank. The tapestry began its journey four years ago in the Borders as I started to make notes on what it might show and it is fitting that it should come full circle, that it should come back home.”

Alexander McCall Smith:
“When we started this project we very much hoped that we would be able to find the Tapestry a home that would be worthy of it. We hoped – but we were not sure. Now we have this magnificent offer from the Borders and our hopes are fulfilled. The Borders region is rich in history and it is entirely fitting that this great work of art celebrating the history of Scotland should be housed there. I am confident that this will become one of the greatest tourist attractions in Scotland and will give immense pleasure not only to visitors to our country but also to Scots themselves. This is, quite simply, the best news we could possibly have and I am most grateful to the Borders Council for showing such vision. I am also most grateful to my co-chairman, Alistair Moffat, whose love and knowledge of the Borders has helped to bring this splendid result about. All of us are delighted – the artist, Andrew Crummy, Dorie Wilkie and her team of stitchers, and the trustees of this marvellous, wonderful project: this is a great outcome for all members of the team.”


The exhibition of The Great Tapestry of Scotland opened in Anchor Mill, Paisley on Saturday. Don’t miss it! The exhibition is proving hugely popular already with more than 400 viewing over the first two days.

Anchor Mill
Thread Street
Paisley, PA1 1JR
(parking nearby is very limited)

3rd May to 8th June 2014 – please note that the exhibition is not open on a Monday.

Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm
Wednesday & Thursday 10am to 8pm

Admission is free but a donation towards care and future exhibition would be much appreciated.


The exhibition of the Great Tapestry of Scotland in Aberdeen has come to an end. More than 50,000 people visited the exhibition, taking the total who have seen it in its first year to well over 100.000. What an achievement! Thank you to all who came to see the Tapestry at the Aberdeen Art Gallery and to the wonderful staff and volunteers there who made the exhibition such a success.
The Tapestry is now in storage just outside Edinburgh for a few days before it travels to Anchor Mill in Paisley for the next leg of its tour. Come and see us there!


Don’t miss out! Approx 35,000 visitors have seen the tapestry in Aberdeen so far. Now, to cope with demand, the Aberdeen Gallery team have extended their opening hours:

Exhibition running to 20 April 2014

Sunday 6 April 1pm to 4pm
Sunday 13 April 1pm to 5pm
Sunday 20 April 1pm to 5pm

Thursday 10 and 17 April, Aberdeen Art Gallery will be open until 7.30pm

Regular opening hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 1-4pm


Aberdeen Art Gallery
AB10 1FQ


The full Tapestry will be displayed in the Atrium of the Anchor Mill, Paisley, from 3 May – 8 June, 2014.

The exhibition is a community collaboration between Weaving Musical Threads, the Paisley Thread Mill Museum and West College Scotland, who are creating an exhibition space in the stupendous Atrium of the renovated nineteenth-century Clark’s Finishing Mill. We are delighted to be displaying the tapestry in a building that is a monument to Paisley’s rich textile heritage.

Details of special events and opening hours will be posted soon.

Anchor Mill
Thread Street
Paisley, PA1 1JR

For further information, contact Weaving Musical Threads:
Tel: 07990 981682

Our Hub Volunteers Win an Award

Voluntary Arts Epic Awards 2014
People’s Choice Award for the Key Volunteers behind the Great Tapestry.
Chosen by public vote.

A small group of our key volunteers – those who, in addition to stitching on their own panels, helped with the initial tracing and distribution of kits, keeping in touch with the stitchers and keeping spirits high, the end stages with spraying and blocking, hemming and backing, adding the final touches and very occasionally reworking, and the preparation for exhibition – have received one of the country’s key awards for volunteers.


The group receiving the award were
Caroline Buchanan
Maud Crawford
Kate Edmunds
Susie Finlayson
Frances Gardener
Linda Jobson
Kate McDonald
Margaret McLeod
Mary Richardson
Tom Wilkie
Jan Young

BBC Radio 4 and BBC 1 Television

One of our panels appeared on BBC Breakfast Television as Alexander McCall Smith was interviewed by Bill and Louise on the red sofa about the Tapestry. Great care was taken of the panel in the studio and travelling back and forward from Edinburgh to Salford! Watch the news item at

And not satisfied with that, Andrew Crummy and Susie Finlayson were interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme. Great promotion for the tapestry and the exhibition in Aberdeen.

Thank you to all who gave their time for these interviews.


Join us at Aberdeen Art Gallery to view the full exhibition of The Great Tapestry of Scotland – complete for the first time. Opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm (closed Mondays). A full programme of talks, workshops and events runs alongside the exhibition.

Aberdeen Art Gallery
AB10 1FQ

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 523700
Fax: +44 (0) 1224 523666


Our lovely ‘Tipsy Thistle’ stitching pack is back in stock and makes the ideal Christmas gift. Linen, wools and full instructions are all included. The price is £44 (inc UK p&p). Order now online or for further information please email:

Cockenzie House exhibition now open

Join us at Cockenzie House in East Lothian to view the full exhibition of the The Great Tapestry of Scotland. Opening hours are 10am-4pm each day (last entry 3pm) and not only will you see this wonderful work of art but you will have a chance to enjoy Cockenzie House and Garden in their full Autumn glory.

Exhibition open until 8 December 2013

Cheltenham Event, Sunday 6th October

Alexander McCall Smith, Alistair Moffat, and Jim Naughtie will discuss the making of the Great Tapestry of Scotland at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Sunday, October 6 at 12 noon. The talk is in the Town Hall, where 40 panels will be hanging on display. Tickets £10: click to purchase.

Cheltenham Festivals, October 2013

A selection of 40 panels from the The Great Tapestry of Scotland will be making their English debut at Cheltenham Festivals, 4th-13th October 2013. The panels will hang in the corridors of Cheltenham Town Hall, which is open free to the public during festival hours. Alexander McCall Smith, Alistair Moffat, and Jim Naughtie will talk about the making of the tapestry at the Festival on Sunday, 6th October. Festival information can be found here.

Tour dates available soon

We are working very hard to get dates for our tour confirmed and hope to make an announcement before the end of September. Watch this space!

Stars of the silver screen - BBC ONE SHOW

If you missed it, you can catch the Great Tapestry of Scotland team on the One Show here: (approx ten mins into the programme).

Congratulations to Dorie Wilkie and her co-stars!

Read all about it! Tapestry hits the Press

Four glorious pages in the Scotsman last Saturday, 31 September 2013. Find the text online at

Watch out for Edinburgh Life magazine out this week. We are hoping for a very nice splash of stitched colour.

Keep an eye on the TV – we’re on The One Show on BBC One on Monday 2 August 2013.

And listen to Front Row on BBC Radio Four on Tuesday 3 August 2013.


Alexander McCall Smith- Life, Books & The Great Tapestry of Scotland
In the company of Stuart Kelly
Saturday 7th September
Committee Room 1, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
Free but ticketed.

Join one of the world’s best-loved authors and chairman of the Great Tapestry of Scotland Trust for an hour of sheer delight as he discusses his life, books, and this incredible artwork. The Great Tapestry of Scotland is one of the country’s biggest ever community art projects. For over 2 years, more than 1,000 stitchers have been embroidering the world’s longest tapestry depicting the entire story of Scotland’s history. And now it is on display for the very first time – all 143 metres.

There will be a book signing opportunity after this event.

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FREE Exhibition starts 3 September 2013 at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. A feast for the eyes – don’t miss it!

The Tapestry on Tour

We are currently planning The Great Tapestry of Scotland’s nationwide and international tour in 2013/14. Discussions are underway with venues across Scotland, England, Canada and the US and we look forward to announcing this next stage of the tapestry’s journey. There will be educational and other special events running in tandem with the tour. We welcome enquiries and suggestions regarding venues and events. Watch this space to find out if the tapestry will be near you!

Tapestry Launch at Scottish Parliament

The first exhibition of The Great Tapestry of Scotland took place at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh in September 2013. The exhibition opened to the public on Tuesday, September 3rd and remained in the Main Hall until September 21st 2013. All 143 metres of the tapestry were on display, in series, for the first time (although four of the panels were incomplete and therefore shown as full size photographic reproductions) and more than 30,000 people came to view this wonderful artwork.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition
Scottish Parliament, 3-21 September 2013

Panels arrive at the Hub

Throughout the summer completed panels have been arriving thick and fast at the Hub, where they are stretched and backed by Dorie and the team. Entering the workspace is like entering an Aladdin’s cave; the collected panels look vibrant and absolutely fantastic covering every surface. While we are still waiting for a few panels to arrive, it is clear our stitchers have excelled themselves. The skills on display are astounding and have enriched Andrew’s designs as they’ve brought them to life. A number of small details added by stitching groups will really raise a smile – keep an eye out for them in the exhibition!

The Great Tapestry Blether

A gathering of stitchers from across the country will take place in Edinburgh’s Summerhall on Saturday 2nd February 2013. More than 400 are expected to attend over two sessions (11am–1pm and 2pm–4pm) for a natter about the stitching and to compare progress. Our lead stitcher, Dorie Wilkie, and her team will be on hand to answer questions and offer guidance along with the artist Andrew Crummy and the admin team. Check back here for photographs from the event in a few days.

Book planned

The Scottish publisher, Birlinn Ltd will publish two books to celebrate the tapestry. The first, a guide to the tapestry, will be published to coincide with the unveiling in September 2013 and a second gorgeous, full colour book of the full tapestry will be published before Christmas. We’ll keep you posted here.

PAST EVENT - An Audience with History

Saturday 18 August, 2012, 15:00-16:30, Debating Chamber, £4.00/£2.50

What are Scotland’s key historical moments? Who has shaped the country we know today? From the swing plough to Dolly the sheep, we debate the most important events in Scottish history with leading historians and the team behind the Great Tapestry of Scotland. Panellists include authorAlexander McCall Smith, historians Alistair Moffat and Tom Devine, and The Herald Literary Editor and author Rosemary Goring. Which historical figures should be included in the Great Tapestry of Scotland’s Parliament of our Ancestors panel? Join us, have your say in how this exquisite artwork will record Scotland’s history. Chaired by Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP.

Please take a few minutes to view our additional events within History @ FoP including ‘A Stitch in Time’ where you can contribute to the world’s longest embroidered tapestry telling Scotland’s history!

In association with The Great Tapestry of Scotland.

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PAST EVENT - A Stitch in Time

Saturday 18 August, 2012, 10:30-16:00, Education Centre, FREE

Make a Stitch in Time with the Great Tapestry of Scotland, one of the country’s biggest ever community arts projects. Hundreds of stitchers across Scotland are working to produce the world’s longest embroidered tapestry telling the entire history of Scotland- everything from Duns Scotus to Dolly the Sheep. Come and meet some of the project’s wonderful stitchers with artist Andrew Crummy, and view a selection of the sketches and tapestry panels being created as part of this exquisite artwork. You might even be able to add a stitch or two yourself.

This event will be open from 10:30 to 16:00 and you can visit the Education Centre throughout the day once you have booked a ticket.

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