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9 March 2011
Unicorns and Eagles herald new era for Stirling Castle's renaissance palace
Some of Scotland’s most skilled embroiderers have completed majestic unicorns and eagles as part of the heraldry to be displayed in Stirling’s royal palace. The work involved detailed research and expert design followed by months of delicate cutting, shaping and sewing to recreate the heraldry of Mary of Guise, the widowed queen who resided at the palace in the 1540s.
2 March 2011
Renaissance Defences Rediscovered
Archaeologists have discovered fragmentary remains of Stirling Castle’s once-mighty 16th-century outer defences. Mary of Guise, widow of James V, is believed to have brought in European experts to apply the very latest Italian military engineering techniques at the castle in the 1540s.
7 February 2011
21st Century tapestry meets the medieval
Exhibition of top modern weaving at Stirling Castle. More than 50 beautiful small-scale modern tapestries have gone on display at Stirling Castle. The exhibition, called Warp/Weft: Near/Far will illustrate the wide range of approaches to the medium as practiced by tapestry artists in the UK and across Europe, to give a flavour of the contemporary context of woven tapestry.
18 January 2011
Recreation of lost Renaissance royal palace masterpiece unveiled
New Stirling Heads reveal their painted faces. Historic Scotland’s recreation of a lost Renaissance masterpiece has been welcomed by Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs. Back in the 1540s the ceiling of the King’s Inner Hall, in the royal palace of James V at Stirling Castle, was decorated with magnificent oak carvings showing the faces of kings, queens, lords, ladies, Roman emperors and ancient heroes. But the ceiling was taken down in 1777 – some of the carvings were destroyed and the rest ended up scattered throughout Scotland and England.
16 December 2010
A taste of Christmas past and carols at the castle
Stirling Castle's busy Christmas events programme continues this weekend with two very different festive highlights. On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th, Christmas for the Queen – a series of special costumed performances - offers a taste of the seasonal celebrations of 1546. Visitors will be able to see period food being prepared, find out about the favourite Christmas celebration dishes of the 16th century and how they have influenced those we still enjoy today.