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Discover Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott.
Abbotsford is the extraordinary home of the 19th century novelist and ‘Great Scott’ who popularised tartan, saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered his country’s Crown Jewels.
Discover a treasure trove of intriguing objects which inspired his greatest poems and novels. Learn about Scott's life, browse the gift shop, enjoy seasonal food in our café or simply relax in the beautiful formal gardens and tranquil woodlands.
Created almost 200 years ago by the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, Abbotsford is now just a short train ride from Edinburgh.
Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott, will stage this year's Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival in November, as part of the 250th anniversary celebrations of the life and work of Scotland's greatest writer.
The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival will take place from Tuesday 2nd to Sunday 7th November in the stunning grounds of Abbotsford House in the hope to be able to safely welcome audiences.
More than forty events, a blend of live and digital, from a splendid cast of authors, stars of stage and screen, sporting heroes and political pundits will assemble over six days in the warmth of the Walter Scott Marquee, with additional outdoor events taking place in the spectacular grounds. The house and café will remain open for visitors attending the Book Festival to be able to enjoy too.
Details of the full programme will be available in due course at www.bordersbookfestival.org
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This majestic House and its grounds have been the centre of life in this rural oasis for more than 200 years. Bowhill enjoys a regal seat in the heart of the ancient royal hunting forest of Ettrick and is blessed with an abundance of glorious scenery. For outdoor activities, family days out, House tours full of history and art, weddings, private events and field sports, you’ll find this is a truly magical place. Make it top of your list of places to see in the Borders and you won’t be disappointed.
Clan Scott Society preserves the heritage of Clan Scott through outreach, education, and events, Established in North America in 1971. Clan Scott Society is a not for profit charitable organization dedicated to the advancement, study, and preservation of culture, values, history, lore, and art of the Scottish Borders Family Scott.
Dandie Derby is a fun day organised to promote the Dandie Dinmont Terrier breed. Sir Walter Scott (a dandie dinmont terrier owner himself) named the terriers in his novel Guy Mannering (1815).
Dandies are a rare terrier from the Scottish Borders. On average only around 100 are born every year in the UK. They are on the Kennel Club's Vulnerable Native Breeds list.
They are a hardy dog that was originally bred to control vermin. However, they are cute, loveable and full of fun. Please come along and join us and discover the breed for yourself at this year's Dandie Derby at Abbotsford on Saturday 5th June (races start at 1400 hours). We usually have between 50 to 70 Dandies on race day and it's great way to meet the breed and their owners.
For more information please go to www.dandiederby.com and https://www.facebook.com/groups/818395364882358/
Edinburgh is the world's first UNESCO City of Literature, home to centuries of books, words and ideas which have helped shape the world.
Welcome to the home of Elizabeth Gaskell, Manchester’s very own Literary house. A truly hands-on experience that will introduce you to the world of the writer Elizabeth Gaskell and her family through historic period rooms, Victorian style garden, expert guides and changing exhibitions.
Elizabeth welcomed guests such as Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte to her House and mixed with a cross section of Victorian society from the poor of the workhouse to the likes of Florence Nightingale and Charles Darwin.
Today you can browse the books in William’s study and sit where Elizabeth sat to write her famous novels and short stories. Take a seat in the drawing Room and ring the servants’ bell or simply be inspired by the stories and the atmosphere of this exceptional literary house.
Based in newly refurbished premises in Glasgow’s East End, within one of the 5% most deprived areas in Scotland, Glasgow Women’s Library is an Accredited Museum and a Recognised Collection of National Significance and a lending and reference library relating to women's lives.
As an innovative cultural centre for equality, diversity and inclusion, our work enables the participation of the most vulnerable and excluded women in society and celebrates the contribution of all women to Scottish society and culture.
Glenkinchie proudly serves as one of the Four Corners of Scotland distilleries of Johnnie Walker.
We distil the Edinburgh Malt that is enjoyed around the world on its own and as a vital component of Johnnie Walker whiskies.
Discover the generous spirit of our garden home where we create our rare Lowland style whisky, evoking fragrant flowers, dried cut grass, and nutty cereal.
Come explore our Victorian distillery and orchard gardens set within the abundant farmland and sweet-scented wildflowers of East Lothian, a mere 15 miles from Edinburgh.
Following our renovation project, we’re now open to the public. We look forward to welcoming you at Glenkinchie, the Lowland Home of Johnnie Walker.
Advancing understanding of the lives, artistic legacies and Scottish connections of composer Edvard Grieg and his wife, singer Nina Grieg. Our mission is to inform and inspire.
The Grieg Society of Scotland (Griegforeningen i Skottland) was founded in 2017 and is the initiative of Scottish musician and Grieg scholar Dr Sally LK Garden. The Society has a committment to multidisciplinary work and brings communities and individuals together across the North Sea. Visit our website to learn more about our projects and enjoy our short articles and films.
Historic Environment Scotland is the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment.
Since 2007, we are a social enterprise for social inclusion, managing public libraries, museums and archives in northern Italy (in Valcamonica and Bergamo, Brescia and Sondrio provinces), realizing regional projects of cultural promotion. We are also an independent publisher focused on literary and historical books.
In 2021, our book series «Le bocce. Un gioco di storie», will present a new Italian edition of Walter Scott's Description of the Regalia of Scotland; furthermore, with the Accademia Tadini in Lovere, we are working on a book exhibition on the Italian reception of Walter Scott's works: Walter Scott. Racconto e immagine (2021, september-october).
Kelso Heritage Society is a charity, dedicated to promoting, protecting & enhancing the rich and diverse historic, cultural and environmental heritage of Kelso & District. Our website has information about Kelso and activities in the town celebrating the Sir Walter Scott anniversary.
Scotland's first free public lending library is tucked away in rural Perthshire and is now a museum where visitors can experience the story of the books, the borrowers and the place. Walter Scott's works were very popular with Innerpeffray borrowers: in 2021 we are celebrating this with a series of events and an exhibition.
Visit Edinburgh's Royal Palace and discover the great Sir Walter Scott through his connections to the Palace and royalty. Online resources, short talks, events, activities and more coming soon.
Admission to the Palace of Holyroodhouse is managed by Royal Collection Trust, a charity which aims to promote access to and enjoyment of the Royal Collection.
Open throughout the year, the Palace of Holyroodhouse stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Visit to explore the Palace's close associations with some of Scotland’s most well-known historic figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, and learn how today it is used by The Queen when carrying out official engagements in Scotland.
During the course of this 250th anniversary year, explore Walter Scott’s work, his royal connections, and his exploration of the history of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in short talks, activities and more. Check this page and follow us on social media to keep up to date as we explore this fascinating figure, the courtly characters represented in his works and his royal readership.
The RSE, Scotland’s National Academy, is an educational charity operating on a wholly independent and non-party-political basis to provide public benefit throughout Scotland.
A Fellowship organisation, the RSE delivers its mission of the advancement of learning and useful knowledge by inspiring and supporting young talent through a wide-ranging programme of research grants and awards; engaging the public across Scotland on key contemporary issues through its events and engagement programme; providing impartial advice and expertise to inform policy and practice through an in-depth examination of major issues and providing expert comment on topical matters and promoting Scotland’s interests overseas through building relationships.
The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s National Academy, is an independent educational charity established in 1783 for ‘the advancement of learning and useful knowledge'. Its contemporary mission remains the same – the deployment of knowledge for the public good: knowledge that contributes to Scotland's social and economic well-being and the wider world. RSE advances its mission, ‘knowledge made useful’ by:
Through its activities, RSE aims to:
The RSE Fellowship includes 1600 leading academics and practitioners from across the breadth of science and technology, arts, humanities, social science, business and public service. The Fellows are an exceptional resource who give their time freely to support the RSE's work and the delivery of its mission.
The JGU Mainz Scotland Hub acts as the focal point for Scotland-related research activities at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in Rheinland-Pfalz, Scotland’s official partner in education, higher education and culture.
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Sigrid Rieuwerts, Scotland HUB, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, FB 05: Department of English and Linguistics, Philosophicum I, Jakob-Welder-Weg 18, 55099 Mainz, Germany.
The key objective of the Scottish Geology Trust is to inspire people everywhere to understand, love and care for Scotland’s incredible geological heritage and its role in creating a sustainable future.
We are eager to support the importance of Scottish geology in education, inspiring new generations to understand and appreciate the world around us and the impact it has on our lives. We believe Scottish geology doesn’t just have its place in the past, but in the present to address and create a strategy, ensuring a sustainable future for all.
Scotland is seen as the modern birthplace of geology and the 'father of geology', James Hutton, was a person who strived to bring value to Scotland's geology and geoheritage. Hutton and Scott were certainly associates, supporting one another's efforts and work. The Scottish Geology Trust looks forward to celebrating this relationship and geology in the Scottish Borders as well as across Scotland. The Trust will be taking part in the Walter Scott 250 celebrations through the Scottish Geology Festival and also through geopoetry, geoheritage and supporting activities focused on the not only the science behind geology, but interpretating Scotland's geology through art.
Scottish Opera is Scotland’s national opera company and the largest performing arts organisation in Scotland.
The Company's performance repertoire ranges across five centuries, from the earliest operas to newly-commissioned world premieres, working in collaboration with the world's finest singers and creatives, alongside The Orchestra of Scottish Opera and choruses. Recent awards include a Scottish Award for New Music and a Herald Angel Award, as well as a 2020 RPS Award nomination.
Scottish Opera's work caters for audiences of all ages - ranging from babies to people living with dementia - and our Young Company and Emerging Artist programme support the talent of the future.
The Company tours extensively across Scotland, from the largest-scale theatres to rural venues with a capacity as low as 22, to ensure we are within reach of as many of our country's very dispersed population as possible. A miniature mobile opera house – literally, opera performed inside a converted 40-foot-long trailer on the back of a lorry – brings ‘Pop-up Opera’ performances to thousands of people each year in a range of inspiring and unexpected community locations. This represents the most extensive touring programme of any opera company in Europe and is a much-valued contribution to Scotland’s cultural and artistic life, particularly in remote and island communities.
The Company’s Education and Outreach programme includes an annual Primary Schools Tour, bringing upper primary-aged children the opportunity to perform their own specially-commissioned piece, alongside three professional singers. Around 120 schools and 9,000 pupils take part each year.
Scottish Opera aims to be inclusive and affordable through availability of free and cheap tickets, as well as access performances including audio description, and performances which cater to those living with Dementia.
In the year to 31 March 2020, 116,960 people experienced Scottish Opera as audience members or as participants, across all of Scotland’s 32 Local Authority areas.
Scottish Opera is core funded by The Scottish Government.
For 240 years the Society has been actively supporting the study and enjoyment of Scotland’s past.
Founded in 1780 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1783 the Society’s purpose is “to investigate both antiquities and natural and civil history in general, with the intention that the talents of mankind should be cultivated and that the study of natural and useful sciences should be promoted.”
The antiquities that society members (called Fellows), like Sir Walter Scott and Alexander Rhind, originally collected, form the basis of the collection at the National Museums of Scotland (NMS), having been gifted to the nation by the Society in the mid nineteenth century. Two hundred years on we continue to promote the understanding and conservation of Scotland’s historical and archaeological environment for the benefit of all.
Today we are an independent charity stimulating discussion and collaboration and supporting research. We also act as advocates for the heritage sector, responding to government consultations and chairing meetings and symposia. We are an impartial voice for Scotland’s past and a focal point for its diverse strands.
The Society has over 2,600 Fellows worldwide from a diverse range of backgrounds and ages, who are interested in and inspired by the study of Scotland’s past. By joining the Society you are supporting the new discoveries and excellence in research. Fellows receive the annual Proceedings, biannual newsletters and monthly e-newsletters, borrowing privileges at the Research Library and discounts on Society publications and events.
Teatro di San Carlo
1737 | The oldest in Europe
“A Theatre! The largest in Europe… intended in a short time to become the kingdom of opera in the world.”
The San Carlo is the oldest theatre in Europe that is still operational: built in 1737, this Italian temple to opera sits next to Piazza del Plebiscito, the symbol of the city of Naples. Rebuilt in record time after the fire in 1816, it has never ceased its activities, not even during the Second World War: at the height of the conflict, a series of concerts for the Armed Forces replaced its ordinary performances. The Neapolitan Opera House also boasts another primacy: the oldest Italian ballet school, founded in 1812. Instead, its school of scenography dates back to 1816.
The theatre was erected by will of Charles of Bourbon, who had decided to give his capital a theatre to replace the ancient San Bartolomeo. On 4 November 1737, the Sovereign’s name-day, the San Carlo was inaugurated with the opera Achille in Sciro by Metastasio, with music by Domenico Sarro, who also directed the orchestra, and with two dances for the Intermezzo created by Francesco Aquilante.
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London’s The Caledonian Club (founded in 1891) is organising a series of events linked to the Sir Walter Scott 250 anniversary. These will be open to our Members, Reciprocal Members from all over the world, and to the Members of the ten Scot's in London (SIL) organisations. The Club is a member of the national partnership for Scott 250 and our Club magazine has featured the Abbotsford Trust and plans for Scott 250.
Scott 250 exhibition running from September 2021 until October 2022
The Club are planning an exhibition to celebrate Scott 250 which will be located in our Club library and other areas of the Clubhouse. There will be a set of Waverley novels, display boards covering Scott’s life and influence and a range of artefacts on loan from Abbotsford on display for the period of the exhibition.
A small guidebook will also be available from September 2021 covering the content of the exhibition.
Tour of Edinburgh and the Borders 20th to 23rd May 2022
Club Members are planning a tour to Edinburgh and the Borders which will be hosted by Edinburgh’s The New Club. We plan to visit Abbotsford, Dryburgh Abbey (with the tombs of Scott, his son in law and biographer John Gibson Lockhart and Earl Haig’s grave), the gardens at Earl Haig’s Tower home and Scott's View.
Edinburgh Dinner at The New Club 21st May 2022
As part of our tour we will be hosting a dinner at The New Club where our speaker will be Professor Alison Lumsden, University of Aberdeen, Co-director of the Sir Walter Scott Research Centre, Honorary Librarian at Abbotsford and Past President of the Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club.
Closing Dinner September 2022
Our valedictory address will be delivered by Professor, Sir Tom Devine, Sir William Fraser Emeritus Professor of Scottish History and Paleography at the University of Edinburgh, and President of the Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club.
The Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club is an active literary club of over 200 members who meet regularly in Edinburgh to listen to talks and lectures on a wide variety of subjects related to Sir Walter.
The Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club is one of the world's most prestigious literary societies. It has been in existence for 126 years and has a membership of over 200. Most of our membership live in or around Edinburgh, but there is also a considerable number who live in other parts of the UK and overseas.
The object of the Club is to advance the education of the public concerning the life and works of Sir Walter Scott. We do this via meetings, lectures, online publications and excursions. As well as by supporting other groups who share our passion for Scott.
We have around 5 or 6 lectures per year as well as an Annual Dinner, and a joint lecture with Edinburgh University English Dept. where we award our Scottish Literary Studies Medal
Opening summer 2021: The Great Tapestry of Scotland national gallery and exhibition centre, located very close to Sir Walter Scott's home in Abbotsford, is where the people’s story of Scotland and creative journeys will begin. The centre will celebrate Scott 250, through a dedicated permanent tapestry panel and by including Scott in their opening Iconic Scotland exhibit.
Created and handstitched by 1,000 people from across Scotland, The Great Tapestry of Scotland, one of the world’s largest tapestries tells a compelling account of Scotland’s history heritage and culture through 160 different panels - from its land formation millions of years BC to present day. Iconic Scotland will continue the people's story of Scotland through the reflections of over 40 inspiring and iconic people, including Sir Walter Scott, Outlander actor Sam Heughan, author Ann Cleeves, actress Joanna Lumley and sports icon Doddie Weir.
From its purpose-built iconic geometric roof and many contemplative spaces with views out over the Borders hills, to transformative events and workshops with local makers, every element of this visitor experience has been designed to create a truly powerful enriching experience. When it opens in summer 2021, the accessible centre will also be home to visiting exhibits, a café and a shop.
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The Imagining History Programme UK is the outreach and education programme of The Young Walter Scott Prize. We develop and devise workshops in historical places across the UK. We are inspired by the example of Walter Scott as a young man, exploring the countryside and people of the Borders and laying the ground for his future development as a writer.
We grew out of The Young Walter Scott Prize - with the strapline everyone wins. We began our programmes with a workshop at Abbotsford in 2015. Since then we have devised workshops in the Borders, Edinburgh, the Isle of Man, Northamptonshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, London and Cornwall, reaching around 500 young writers. We have collaborated with Historic Scotland, English Heritage South West, a range of National Trust for England sites, Buccleuch properties, The Wallace Collection, HMS Unicorn, Norfolk Museums and the Young Norfolk Arts Festival.
We are an Artistic Association of arts educators, writer/educators and professional academic historians.
In 2020 in response to the first Lockdown, we created Times Shifting in collaboration with the Young Norfolk Arts Trust. A three month exploration of the historical moment of Covid19 with a group of writers 14 - 24 yrs in Japan, Russia, France, the UK, Northern Ireland and the US, this project culminated in an anthology of writings and photographs, Times Shifting - new voices from a changed world, to be launched in April 2021. The entries in the anthology treat the present time as Historical and write from an imagined future. No other creative writing project for young people, to our knowledge, has attempted such an intellectual and creative somersault. Many of the writers published were formerly either winners of or were shortlisted for The Young Walter Scott Prize.
We are currently devising our online programmes for 2021 - both online and in-real-life. We invite collaboration from schools and sites of historical interest.
The Royal High School of Edinburgh is the countries second oldest school having been founded in 1128. From 1779 to 1783 Walter Scott was a pupil at the school attending at its then new site in Infirmary Street (now Edinburgh University's Department of Archaeology).
The Royal High School is proud of all of its former pupils and Sir Walter Scott is one of the most famous
An active Former Pupils Club maintains links with bases in both Edinburgh and London.
The history of the school is something that is celebrated and acknowledged from ceremonial memorial doors thorugh to books of commemoration and events as appropriate. The school recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its move from the Calton Hill site to the current location at Davidson's Mains. The 900th anniversary of the founding of the school is just around the corner.
Over 1200 pupils enjoy their time at the school and as well as tradition they find themselves immersed in a forward thinking education preparing themselves for everything that the 21st century will throw at them.
A number of events to commemorate the birth and life of Sir Walter Scott will be taking place over the coming year and we look forward to letting you know about them.
Honouring the achievements of the founding father of the historical novel, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world. The winner receives £25,000 and shortlisted authors each receive £1,500. Since it was founded twelve years ago by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, the Prize has awarded nearly £300,000 to authors and brought over 150 great novels to wider public attention.
The Walter Scott Prize celebrates quality of writing in the English language, and is open to novels published in the previous year in the UK, Ireland or the Commonwealth. Reflecting the subtitle ‘Sixty Years Since’ of Scott’s famous work Waverley, the majority of the storyline must have taken place at least 60 years ago. Books must be submitted by publishers, and more details about the prize timetable and how to submit can be found here.
The Prize is usually awarded at the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland, in June, but this year it will be announced online and via media partners because of the postponement of the Festival.. The WSP judging panel is chaired by Katie Grant, and comprises Elizabeth Buccleuch, James Holloway, Elizabeth Laird, James Naughtie and Kirsty Wark.
The Walter Scott Research Centre at the University of Aberdeen conducts and promotes research into Scott and his works. Co-directed by Professor Alison Lumsden, the centre is planning a range of activities in celebration of Scott 250, including an online exhibition curated with University of Aberdeen Museums and Special Collections, and more collaborative events with organisations like the Abbotsford Trust and Aberdeen's Cruickshank Botanic Gardens.
The Young Walter Scott Prize
If you are aged between 11 and 19 and interested in history and writing, the Young Walter Scott Prize wants to take you on an adventure. We are the UK’s only creative writing prize specifically for budding historical fiction writers, with prizes including a travel grant and invitation to one of the UK’s foremost literary festivals.
Will we be announcing our prize winners for this year at the end of April and a new competition will open during June 2021.
The Young Walter Scott Prize
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