Prestonpans Tapestry

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Bayeux Tapestry

The Prestonpans Tapestry is a large embroidery created - and normally situated in - Prestonpans, East Lothian, Scotland.

Its full title is "The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry 1745".

The design, size and style were inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry; however, the Prestonpans Tapestry deals with the events before, during and after the Battle of Prestonpans on 21 September 1745 where Bonnie Prince Charlie triumphed over the Hanoverian Army led by Sir John Cope.

The Tapestry is – like the Bayeux Tapestry – an embroidered cloth, rather than a woven tapestry. It is annotated in English but an animated DVD is also available in French and text materials in French and Gaelic. More than two hundred embroiderers created the work over a two-year period; more than half these reside in Scotland from the places where Bonnie Prince Charlie marched to his Victory. Other embroiderers with family links come from as far as the US, Australia and New Zealand.

The complete community artwork measures 104 metres (341 ft), and consists of 103 panels, each one metre long and 500mm high. It is about 30 metres (98 ft) longer than the Bayeux example.

The completed work was unveiled to a private gathering of 500 of the embroiderers and their friends on 26 July 2010, at The Greenhills near Cockenzie Power Station which is on the edge of the Prestonpans battlefield itself. It has since travelled around the Highlands and Lowlands, to England and France attracting over 150,000 visitors in its first two years.

Exhibitions have included the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Storytelling Centre, St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, to coincide with the Edinburgh Festival in 2011 and 2012, Alexandra Palace in London and Pornichet/ St Nazaire in France - from where the Prince embarked to launch his campaign in 1745. In September and October 2013 it will be exhibited in Bayeux by invitation of the world famous tapestry that was its inspiration.[needs update]

Inspiration[edit]

The Prestonpans Tapestry is the brainchild of the Prestoungrange Arts Festival, the Battle of Prestonpans 1745 Heritage Trust, the former Chairman of the Trust (Dr. Gordon Prestoungrange MBE, Baron of Prestoungrange), and the designer Dr. Andrew Crummy, who is also the youngest son of the renowned and highly respected community activist the late Helen Crummy MBE. Historical and architectural advice was obtained from Professor Martin Margulies, from Arran Johnston and from Gareth Bryn-Jones. The embroiderers were led by Dorie Wilkie.

The Prestonpans Tapestry has inspired further major embroidered community artworks. After seeing it, Alexander MacCall-Smith commissioned the Great Tapestry of Scotland. Designed by historian and co-chairman Alistair Moffat and artist Andrew Crummy, with contributions from approximately 1000 stitchers from across Scotland, it depicts the history of Scotland from prehistoric times until the present day. The longest tapestry in the world at this time, it was unveiled at the Scottish Parliament on 3 September 2013 where it hung for 3 weeks. [1]

The latest of the Scottish tapestries has been developed by the Prestongrange Arts Festival. Dr Gordon Prestoungrange is leading a team across the globe to embroider the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry telling stories from 25 countries where Scots have settled. Andrew Crummy once again made the designs, and the stitchers' co-ordinators are Yvonne Murphy and Gillian Hart working with a studio team to prepare the materials and get the panels ready for exhibition. This latter tapestry featured as a major exhibition throughout the 2014 Year of Homecoming in Scotland, beginning with its launch at Prestonpans Community Centre on 31st May before travelling to St Mary's Episcopalian Cathedral in Edinburgh, Anchor Mill in Paisley, then Inverness and Wick... So far there are around 215 panels, half a metre square, on display with another 100 or so in progress.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Susan Mansfield and Alistair Moffat (2013) ''The Great Tapestry of Scotland'' Birlinn Books ISBN 978-1-78027-1-0
  • Crummy, Andrew (2010). The Prestonpans Tapestry 1745. Burke's Peerage & Gentry, for Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust. ISBN 978-0-85011-122-4.