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16 March 2011
Army pipers and drummers in spectacular challenge at Stirling Castle
Officer training corps from across Scotland meet to compete. Up to 60 pipers and drummers will gather at Stirling castle for a spectacular military musical competition. All are members of the British Army’s Officer Training Corps (OTC) and are taking degrees at universities in the Stirling/Fife area, or in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Aberdeen. It is the first time this annual contest has been staged in public, rather than at a barracks, and will take place in the spectacular setting of Stirling Castle from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, 19 March.
15 March 2011
First Minister announces details of Renaissance Royal Palace Opening Event
First Minister Alex Salmond has revealed details of a weekend of celebrations to mark the opening of Stirling Castle’s Renaissance royal palace after a £12 million refurbishment. He made the announcement during a visit to the palace where he saw the first of the original 16th-century Stirling Heads being prepared for display in a specially-created gallery on the upper floor.
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.