The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, a unique international community artwork chronicling the impact of Scots throughout the world, is returning to the UK following a global tour which has seen its embroidered panels double in number to over 300.
From the ten Scots who have held the office of Prime Minister, to the Scots who introduced football to Argentina and Brazil, the many stories of the Scottish diaspora’s achievements have been brought to life in 305 colourful panels.
The tapestry will be on public display in Westminster Hall from 20 March to 29 April 2017. The project was conceived in Prestonpans by Prestoungrange Arts Festival and this exhibition is hosted by the Crown Court Church of Scotland.
Every aspect of Scottish culture and heritage - including food and drink, politics, exploration, innovation and medicine - is represented in panels embroidered in 34 countries by over 1,000 named volunteers.
The stitchers worked in collaboration with Scottish artist Andrew Crummy and the Tapestry’s coordinators Gillian Hart and Yvonne Murphy of Prestoungrange Arts Festival.
Visiting the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry
Visitors are welcome to view the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry free of charge from 1pm on 20 March until 29 April 2017 (except Saturday 25 March, also closed on Sundays and public holidays, 14 and 17 April).
Visitors are recommended to download the free app ‘Scottish Diaspora Tapestry’ before arriving at Westminster to view the exhibition.
Entry is via Cromwell Green where exhibition tickets will be issued between 9am and 5.30pm. Visitors are advised to avoid busy periods, notably between 3pm and 5.30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons when the Houses are sitting.
In addition to viewing the tapestry, visitors can watch debates from the public galleries when the Houses are sitting, or take one of the audio or guided tours which run every Saturday and on weekdays during the Easter recess.
Image: The Welcome Panel stitched by Gillian Hart and Yvonne Murphy