The Great Tapestry of Scotland is set to return to Dundee, with dates announced today for a two-month exhibition of previously unseen panels at Verdant Works this Summer from 26 August – 22 October 2017
A stunning record of Scotland’s history, created by over 1000 volunteer embroiderers, the Great Tapestry of Scotland is the largest community art project ever to take place in Scotland. The full tapestry consists of 160 panels, and at 143m is the longest tapestry in the world.
The first exhibition at Verdant Works, Dundee’s jute and social history museum, took place last year between March and May. It proved fantastically popular, attracting almost 8,000 visitors during its run.
This new display will exhibit 82 beautifully detailed panels depicting important historical events such as the Vikings invasion of Scotland, the massacre at Glencoe, the first Edinburgh festival, the Miners Strike in the eighties and the founding of Scottish Rugby with the first Scotland v England rugby match.
We will also be redisplaying 7 of the most popular panels from last year including the two sections highlighting the history of the city, ‘The Discovery Sails from Dundee’ and ‘Dundee: Jute, Journalism,’ both stitched by local volunteers.
Generous sponsorship from Dundee solicitors Blackadders LLP and The Alexander Moncur Trust, has enabled Dundee Heritage Trust, which operates Verdant Works, to initiate this unique opportunity for visitors to see the other half of this stunning exhibition.
Marjory Knowles, Chair of The Alexander Moncur Trust said ‘The Alexander Moncur Trust is delighted to help support Dundee Heritage Trust bring the other half of The Great Tapestry of Scotland back to Dundee. The Tapestry is an extraordinary celebration of Scottish history and a wonderful community endeavour that has really captured the public imagination. We hope that many local people plus tourists from far and wide will visit the impressive exhibition in the stunning surroundings of the High Mill at Verdant Works.’
Nicola Porter, Director of Marketing from Blackadders said ‘Blackadders are delighted to support the second half of The Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition coming to The High Mill at Verdant Works, Dundee. The success of the exhibition last year was fantastic and we are extremely proud to be associated with this high profile exhibition.’
Paul Jennings, Executive Director of Dundee Heritage Trust added: ‘It is fantastic to have the second part of the Great Tapestry of Scotland at Verdant Works this year, it was such a successful event last year and The High Mill is the perfect venue for it. We are extremely grateful to Blackadders LLP and The Alexander Moncur Trust for supporting this prestigious exhibition.’