Abbotsford Curator Receives Honorary Fellowship for Contribution to Scottish Literature

21st June 2024

Kirsty Archer-Thompson, Collections and Interpretation Manager at Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, recently received an Honorary Fellowship from the Association for Scottish Literature.

These prestigious Honorary Fellowships are an award to those who have made a substantial and distinctive contribution to the Scottish literary tradition as writers, scholars, teachers or publishers.

The Association for Scottish Literature campaigns for a greater appreciation, both at home and abroad, in schools, colleges and universities, of Scotland’s literary culture.

Kirsty received the award for her achievements at Abbotsford which have brought Sir Walter Scott’s writing to new audiences using new mediums. Such as storyboarding a lightshow at Smailholm Tower to celebrate Scott’s 250th anniversary in 2021 and designing and teaching an online course on Scott accessed by 7000 learners in 120 countries.

She was one of ten individuals to receive an Honorary Fellowship in 2024, alongside the historian and broadcaster William Dalrymple. The Fellows were treated to an evening of music at the Scottish Storytelling Centre following the presentation of their awards, as well as a reading of a poem composed in their honour by Alan Riach.

Kirsty said: “It was deeply moving to receive such an honour from the Association for Scottish Literature and to be among such esteemed company.

My work at Abbotsford to engage audiences of all kinds with Scott and his legacy is a constant joy, and I have and will work tirelessly to blow any undeserved cobwebs from someone who was not just a phenomenal writer, but an astonishing human being in so many ways, many of them relatable to the here and now.”