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Re-imagining Scotland

Scotland is a nation built upon centuries of history, art, literature and shared experience. By highlighting many different aspects of Scottish culture, we hope to inspire fresh perspectives, challenge preconceptions, and encourage Scotland’s creativity and imagination.

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Steve Byrne: Iconic ‘Flower of Scotland’ instrument saved for the public

This week we’re delighted to welcome folk musician Steve Byrne to The Scots Curator. Steve recently crowdfunded the money required to purchase an iconic instrument – Roy Williamson’s bouzouki used in The Corries’ first public performance of ‘Flower of Scotland’. The 1968 song has since grown in popularity, especially at sporting events, and is now… Continue reading Steve Byrne: Iconic ‘Flower of Scotland’ instrument saved for the public

Dr Joana Valdez-Tullett: ‘This changes everything we knew about rock art in Scotland’

On Monday, Historic Environment Scotland announced that extremely rare carvings, thought to be between 4,000 and 5,000-years-old, had been discovered inside Dunchraigaig Cairn at Kilmartin Glen. The carvings, which include depictions of two red deer, are the earliest known animal carvings in Scotland, and are being treated as a major historic discovery. This week, we… Continue reading Dr Joana Valdez-Tullett: ‘This changes everything we knew about rock art in Scotland’

Kenneth McElroy: ‘This is one of the most exciting experimental archaeology projects in the world’

This week we’re delighted to welcome Kenneth McElroy from the Caithness Broch Project to The Scots Curator. In this interview, Kenneth explains why brochs are among the most intriguing structures in Scotland’s history – he tells us what these multi-storey Iron Age towers may have been used for, where we can find them, and also… Continue reading Kenneth McElroy: ‘This is one of the most exciting experimental archaeology projects in the world’

Billy Kay: ‘Scots have had an incredible global impact’

Today we’re delighted to welcome writer, broadcaster and language activist Billy Kay to The Scots Curator. Billy’s award-winning radio programmes on Scottish history, culture and language have been broadcast both at home and abroad, and his books including Scots: The Mither Tongue and The Scottish World have been widely praised for raising Scottish cultural awareness and self-confidence.… Continue reading Billy Kay: ‘Scots have had an incredible global impact’

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