Great Tapestry of Scotland

Tuesday 1 July to Saturday 13 September 2014, Free exhibition

Main Hall, Scottish Parliament

Panel from Great Tapestry of Scotland

Featuring 160 textile works of art, the Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition tells the story of Scotland’s history from a unique perspective.

Beautifully stitched illustrations explore the well-known points in history but also many aspects of popular culture and local histories. From the Calanais standing stones to The Corries, Robert Burns to Ronnie Corbett, Macbeth to Maw Broon, the tapestry depicts Scotland’s amazing history, science, culture, industry and politics over the centuries.

With nearly 1000 volunteer stitchers involved in creating the 143-metre-long tapestry, it is one of the biggest community art projects in the world.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland was the brainchild of esteemed Scottish writer Alexander McCall Smith, artist Andrew Crummy and historical writer Alistair Moffat.

Audio guides

Image credits

  • Images copyright and courtesy of Great Tapestry of Scotland Trust
  • Photography by Alex Hewitt