The Saltire Society is a membership organisation which aims to promote the understanding of the culture and heritage of Scotland. Founded in 1936, the society was "set up to promote and celebrate the uniqueness of Scottish culture and Scotland’s heritage, and to reclaim Scotland’s place as a distinct contributor to European and international culture." The society organises lectures and publishes pamphlets, and presents a series of awards in the fields of art, architecture, literature and history.
The society is based in Edinburgh, with branches in Aberdeen, Dumfries, Glasgow, Helensburgh, the Highlands, Kirriemuir and New York. The current president is journalist Magnus Linklater. Past presidents include his father Eric Linklater, architect Robert Matthew, architect Sir Robert Hurd and historian David Daiches.
The Saltire Awards is a collective name for a series of awards presented by the Saltire Society in recognition of contributions to Scotland's cultural heritage.
- National Scottish Song Competition, established in 1980 to encourage young people to participate in traditional singing.
- Arts and Crafts in Architecture Award
- Saltire Society Civil Engineering Awards, awarded in association with the Institution of Civil Engineers.
- Saltire Society Housing Design Awards, the society's oldest award, established in 1937.
- Saltire Society Literary Awards, "the oldest... awards for Scottish based authors in their home nation."
- Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun Award, established in 1988, presented in recognition of "a significant contribution made to Scottish culture."
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