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.

For tickets and information please contact


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.

Ticket info:

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.

Ticket info: