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Anglo Scottish Family History Society The Great Tapestry of Scotland

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The Great Tapestry of Scotland

Sue Whitaker

There has been a recent ‘tradition’ of making large tapestries to depict Scottish life, beginning with Helen Crummy who designed the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry and the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry. More recently author Alexander McCall Smith initiated the idea of creating a tapestry that would cover 12,000 years of Scottish history.

Creation of this tapestry – twice as long as the Bayeux Tapestry – involved numerous embroidery groups across the length and breadth of Scotland and over a thousand volunteers of all ages, the panels taking on average 500 hours of work each to complete.

Sue Whitaker worked on Panel 116 and will talk about the creation and stitching of the tapestry, supported with photographs, and also the complexity of managing and volunteering in such a large project, something which, we suspect, might not always have been plain sailing! This promises to be a talk that will appeal to many of us, from historians and project managers to artists and embroiderers.

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