Exhibition to reveal birth of Scottish tourism a lot more than 250 years ago

Exhibition to reveal birth of Scottish tourism a lot more than 250 years ago

Kilts, bagpipes, lochs and mountains are iconic images that have always been deployed to market the country to all of those other world.

Now a significant new exhibition would be to explore the way the origins of Scottish tourism date back a lot more than 250 years.

The National Museum of Scotland would be to examine the roots of the “romantic and heroic” visions of the national country, which were developed by artists, writers and monarchs &ndash even; and how they transformed the true way the united states was perceived in the home and abroad.

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Curators say it shall challenge long-held perceptions that “fantasy” images of the Highlands were invented in the 18th and 19th centuries simply.

The exhibition, year to be staged next, will trace the evolution of Scotland’s global image from the crushing defeat of the Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden to the transformation of Balmoral Castle right into a Highland home for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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The legacy of the Highland Clearances, the adoption of the kilt as symbolic of fashion and status following a contentious ban was overturned, and the impact of the 1822 royal visit of King George to Scotland – the initial by way of a reigning monarch in two centuries &ndash nearly; will undoubtedly be explored in the exhibition also.

june to November

Due to perform from, the exhibition shall explore the influence writers like Sir Walter Scott, George Byron, James Macpherson, Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, the artist John Knox and the bagpiper John Ban Mackenzie had on Scottish tourism and culture.


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Musical instruments, paintings, furniture, costumes, weapons and jewellery will undoubtedly be going on display in Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland.

It may be the final section of a “trilogy” of exhibitions, that have already examined the entire life of Mary Queen of Scots and the influence of the Jacobites across Europe.

Dr Stuart Allan, keeper of Scottish history at the museum, said the exhibition would explore the way the national country was “propelled on a journey in to the forefront of the global imagination” in the 19th and 18th centuries, along with the noticeable changes in Scottish national identity the united states experienced in the wake of Culloden.

He said: “We are looking at the way the images of a Highlander became a shorthand for Scotland all together and how things such as tartan, the kilt, bagpipes and a feeling of a heroic and tragic history became touchstones for an basic notion of what Scotland was.

“We are questioning and examining the complete relationship between reality and romance. We sometimes hear that real thought process of Scotland is dependant on some sort of romantic fantasy. “We are considering where these ideas originated from and suggesting that the truth is a lot more complex and compelling compared to the suggestion that it had been some type of fantastic interpretation.

“Sir Walter Scott is considered is being the writer of everything often, but he was only section of a process that has been well underway really, with regards to considering Scotland’s promoting and past it in a specific way.

“Scott along with other historians of an enchanting bent were storytellers, however they were thinking about evidence and authenticity also. That’s the partnership we’be digging into ll.”

Dr Gordon Rintoul, director of the National Museum, said: “This is actually the last of three exhibitions where we’ve revisited eras in Scottish history that folks think they find out about, but have viewed the reality in it actually.

“It was previously thought that the images of Scotland that tended to be projected all over the world were all just invented in the 18th and 19th centuries, if they were predicated on re-interpretations of traditional culture for particular purposes. Today in how Scotland is promoted it is possible to still see threads of this.”