Secrets of The Prestonpans Tapestry

A live-streamed talk by Dr Arran Johnston – Tuesday 11th May 2021 – 7pm

Garioch Heritage Centre is proud to be exhibiting The Prestonpans Tapestry until August 2021. Dr Arran Johnston will provide a fascinating insight into the tapestry, from it’s initial conception to what it has become today. This is a ticketed event – tickets can be purchased below and information for joining the live stream will be sent out on the morning of Monday 10th May. Copies of the Companion book can also be purchased below and can be collected from the Centre.

Across its 104 narrative panels, the Prestonpans Tapestry tells the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s first campaign in 1745. But alongside the main story of the armies’ movements, small details and hidden hints help to expand the history that is told – sometimes in surprising ways. Arran Johnston, who has been closely involved with the tapestry since its initial conception, takes us through the way the project came about, tells us how the Prestonpans Tapestry was made, and reveals some of its more “secret” stories that are hidden in plain sight!

Dr Arran Johnston is an executive trustee at the Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust, and an expert in the Jacobite rising of 1745. One of the Tapestry’s original historical advisors, Arran has helped bring the tapestry to audiences across the country since its completion in 2010. Born in Derbyshire, Arran studied at Edinburgh University before completing a PhD at the University of the West of Scotland. He is the author of a number of books, including “On Gladsmuir Shall the Battle Be!“, the most up to date study of the Prestonpans campaingn. 

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