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 City. The current president is the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, Sally Mapstone.
The society was founded on 22 April 1936 in Glasgow. Subscription for a year cost five shillings. By the early 1950s the society had almost 2000 members. In 1954 they launched a literary magazine, The Scots Review to be published three times a year. In 1968 the society appointed their first full-time director, based at their headquarters at Gladstone's Land in Edinburgh. In November 2012, ahead of the Scottish Independence referendum, the society looked to relaunch itself with a business plan that included lectures and debates centered around cultural issues.
The Saltire Music Group was founded by composer Isobel Dunlop in 1950.
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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