One of the world’s longest tapestries to be unveiled at the Scottish Parliament

Scotland Tapestry

The Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament will unveil one of the world’s longest tapestries, The Great Tapestry of Scotland on Tuesday 3rd September at The Scottish Parliament.

This is the first time that the 143 metre Tapestry will be unveiled in its entirety. 1000 volunteer stitchers have sewn for over 50,000 hours, using 300 miles of yarn in order to depict over 420 million years of Scotland’s history. The 160 panels that make up the Tapestry will be unveiled to the media on Tuesday morning.

The Presiding Officer will be joined by those who have made the Tapestry possible: author Alexander McCall Smith, artist Andrew Crummy and historian Alistair Moffat and Dorie Wilkie, stitch co-ordinator of the Tapestry.

Beautifully illustrating the history of Scotland, from a land locked in ice and carved by glaciers, to the reconvening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, the panels depict Scotland’s fascinating history, science, culture, industry and politics over the centuries.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is open to the public in the Main Hall free of charge from 3rd-21st September – Monday to Saturday.

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