A Scottish Tapestry

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 26 July, 2014

Today’s programme celebrates the music of Scotland, and pays tribute to the creators across the country of the Great Tapestry of Scotland, currently on show in the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland, normally housed in Paisley, is the world’s longest tapestry, 143 metres (469 ft) long (twice the length of the Bayeux Tapestry). It was designed by Andrew Crummy, also the designer of the Prestonpans Tapestry, implementing an idea of Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith for a grand tapestry to depict episodes from 12,000 years of Scottish history.

The Tapestry’s 160 panels include depictions of the end of the most recent Ice Age in 8,500 BC, the circumnavigation by Pytheas c.320BC, Viking invasions in the 9th century, Duns Scotus in c.1300, the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, the Black Death in the 1350s, the foundation of St Andrews University in 1413, the Battle of Flodden in 1513, Mary, Queen of Scots in the 16th century, the publication of the King James Bible in 1611, the Act of Union in 1707, the first and second Jacobite Risings in 1715 and 1745, James Watt, Adam Smith, David Hume, James Boswell, Walter Scott, James Clerk Maxwell, Highland Games, the First and Second World Wars, North Sea oil, Dolly the Sheep (born 1996), and the re‐establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.

Each panel, approximately 1 metre square, took around 500 hours to sew, involving hundreds of people from sewing groups across Scotland working between Spring 2012 to September 2013. The completed tapestry was unveiled on 3 September 2013 in the Main Hall of the Scottish Parliament building, where it is currently on display for the summer.*

The ZBS Radio Hour

Then tune in at 11am or 7pm Pacific time to enjoy the latest installments in our continuing classic award‐winning radio serials, Jack Flanders in Dreams of Rio and the final episode of Ruby 3 — The Invisible World.

*Adapted from the Wikipedia page. The image of the first panel in the Tapestry is taken from an article on the tapestry here, but the source of the image is not credited. If you took this picture, please let us know so we can add a credit (or take it down if required).

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. If you are in the United States or Canada, please click here to launch the Stream Licensing player. To listen from outside North America, click here to start your player .

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