Tapestry Exhibition at St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh: June/July/ August
VISIT THE MAGNIFICENT BATTLE OF PRESTONPANS TAPESTRY AT ST MARY’S CATHEDRAL, EDINBURGH
EXHIBITION: JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST 2011
... from June 10: Mon-Sat 9.00-13.00, 14.00-17.00. Sundays 12.00-15.00. Special viewings may be arranged.
.... from the Cathedral's website:
'Hailed as the longest tapestry in the world, the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry is an amazing tribute to the Jacobite rising of 1745, led by Bonnie Prince Charlie, and to the commitment of the 200 volunteers who created it.
'It is the product of over 25,000 hours of work and research and contains over 10 million stitches. Each of its 104 panels depicts a scene from the Prince’s early campaign from his landing on Eriskay to his resounding victory at the Battle of Prestonpans.
'The tapestry is the latest initiative of the Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust. Set up in 2006 to campaign for the proper recognition of this defining period of Scotland’s history, the Battle Trust has worked tirelessly to secure its place in the nation’s consciousness. This battle deserves to be remembered and interpreted.
'Inspiration for the Prestonpans Tapestry came from the Trust’s founding Chairman, Dr. Gordon Prestoungrange. Having visited the Bayeux tapestry he thought something similar could be created in Prestonpans – and so began this remarkable community art project.
'When it was completed in the Summer of 2010, the tapestry embarked on a tour of the Highlands and Islands, in the footsteps of the Prince himself, to the communities of the many volunteers. Every audience has been amazed at the detail contained in each panel – both in its stitching and in historical content. It is one of the most compelling and comprehensive records in existence of this optimistic and victorious part of the Jacobite campaign.
'If you are visiting Edinburgh, why not come and see the tapestry for yourself? It will be exhibited at St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place during the months of June, July and August, and there will be a rolling programme of associated events: concerts, embroidery talks, historical talks, and guided tours throughout that time. An event can be created especially to fit your itinerary. There is no entrance fee.
'St Mary's Cathedral, the largest ecclesiastical building in Scotland and unique in Scotland in maintaining the daily choral tradition, stands in the heart of Edinburgh's bustling West End, and its three spires can be seen dominating the skyline. It is a place full of history and interest and there is much to see.'
'Exhibition open from June 10: Mon-Sat 9.00-13.00, 14.00-17.00. Sundays 12.00-15.00. Special viewings may be arranged.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sarah Grotrian, St Mary’s Cathedral. 0131 225 8986 /
Published Date: April 26th 2011