Maryhill Burgh Halls, Glasgow reveals the world’s first ever interactive stained glass window. You can scan the 2D barcode in the window using a smartphone, and you are taken to a webpage explaining the designs and given information about the glass.
While the new glass is as modern as it can be, stained glass in Maryhill has a long history to narrate. It was in 1878, the then Burgh commissioned twenty stained glass windows to showcase the trades and industries of Maryhill. They were designed by the artist Stephen Adam, and have become known as the crown jewels of Maryhill. The Scotish Tours to the area can get you into the detailed historic experience of Maryhill Burgh Hall and around. Continue reading
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street in Edinburgh was re-opened to the public on Thursday, December 1 after a £17.6m renovation. The gallery received an average of more than 2,000 visitors per day and more than 10,000 after it’s re-opening.
Up until 2pm on Monday, December 5 a total of 11,186 people had passed through the doors after the gallery’s two year closure while work was carried out. This shows that, visitors were very much interested in this gallery and was waiting for it’s re-opening. The gallery runs many special events and activities here and will continue in the weeks to come. Those visitors who are on a holiday in Scotland must make sure that they do not miss this portrait gallery. Continue reading
Like a pearl, until it has given the final touch to shine like those beautiful ones we wear, it wont look the same as its origin. until then, no one recognise its real value. Often what happens is, the valuables are hidden or not recognised by others. It is the same with the history of any country. No one will be interested in it until, it has given any importance. Now, it’s the time for Scotland to dust out its history, which has for too long been hidden in a sort of national attic. From 17 to 30 November, Scotland celebrates it’s history festival.
Scotland History now shines up and is given place in glorious shops windows. If you are a history buff, this is the best chance to turn those less historically well-endowed parts of the world green with envy. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, Scotland has produced more history that it can domestically consume, and to quote Max Bialystock, if you’ve got it, just flaunt it.
The event has got a fabulous treasure just waiting to be rediscovered, from the joyous ribaldry of a 16th century poetic slanging match to an exploration of the food and drink the country have consumed over the centuries. The organisers even have got a huge historical canvas to clean and evaluate with the help of the most brilliant historians.
Scotland’s history festival was created to bring the history out into the streets. The event aims to bring the history made by Scotland’s people closer to Scotland’s people.
Scotland is getting ready to welcome visitors with more leisure attractions than ever before, as St Andrews Day and other Winter Festivals are on the line. The city is offering free or discounted offers to the public. Scotland’s Winter Festivals begin with St Andrew’s Day on November 30 and includes Scotland’s Hogmanay celebrations on December 31, culminating with Burns night on January 25.
On the weekend of November 26 and 27 and on St Andrew’s Day (November 30), Scots and Scots at heart can make the most of this year’s special offers, as well as join the celebrations taking place in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, St Andrews and East Lothian. Those who would like to book for or take part in various activities in Scotland, can opt for best ones. Smartphone users can also download a new St Andrew’s Day app which will provide them with events information both in Scotland and the rest of the world. Take a look the offers given below. Continue reading
We have chronicled the end of St Kilda and the sad story of the end of that ancient, cashless economy in our Scotland Guide (The End of St Kilda). The necessary but somehow tragic tale of how that close-knit and wind-swept community was shipped to the mainland and truly blown to the winds is an iconic tale of change and its cost. A sense of how it was and how it felt first hand is captured by the log-books of the Hirta school in its daily log of activities which is now available online at the Hebridean Archives where the book has been scanned and placed online here. (Hebridean Archives)