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Mindfulness Garden Project at Abbotsford

12 July 2021

Head Gardener Tim talks about his Mindfulness Garden project for Sir Walter Scott’s 250th anniversary.
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Sir Walter Scott Inspired Art created by Wee Blue Press

26 May 2021

Meet Emma, the incredible artist behind Wee Blue Press, who was commissioned to produce limited addition prints for the Walter Scott’s 250th anniversary celebrations.
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BEGINNING 2021 IN THE ABBOTSFORD GARDENS

01 May 2021

As March begins, Head Gardener Tim discusses the last few months and plans for Spring in the Abbotsford gardens.
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Unravelling Collections Mysteries

22 April 2021

With the historic house closed during lockdown, the Collections Team at Abbotsford finally found time to delve into the attics and tackle some jobs long overdue. Meet Box F26/14, long known as the '...
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APRIL IN THE ABBOTSFORD GARDENS

16 April 2021

Head Gardener Tim discusses early Spring work in the Abbotsford gardens as we prepare to re-open to visitors on Monday 26th April
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BOOSTING BUTTERFLIES AT ABBOTSFORD

10 April 2021

Ranger Anna talks monitoring and encouraging butterfly populations at Abbotsford and tips for helping conserve butterflies in your own garden
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THE IMPACT ROBERT BURNS HAD ON SIR WALTER SCOTT

25 January 2021

Here, at Abbotsford, it is hard to let Burns’ Day pass without discussing the impact that Robert Burns had on Sir Walter Scott.
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FROM HIGHLAND CHIEF TO COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF: SIR WALTER SCOTT AND THE SOUNDTRACK OF THE PRESIDENCY

20 January 2021

On the day of the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, our Collections and Interpretation Manager Kirsty looks into a surprising musical link between Sir Walter Scott and the inauguration.
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2020 IN THE ABBOTSFORD GARDENS

28 December 2020

2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, Head Gardener Tim summarises the challenges and triumphs for the Abbotsford gardens this year and outlines some exciting plans for 2021!
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AUTUMN IN THE ABBOTSFORD GARDENS

26 October 2020

We’re coming towards the end of the season in the Abbotsford gardens and the garden team have been working hard to make sure we get the most out of everything in the garden. Head Gardener Tim talks through what the team have been up to.
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THE PERFECT SCOTTISH STAYCATION

20 October 2020

With many of us planning to holiday on our home turf this year, we share inspiration for your staycation in Scotland. Alongwith VisitScotland, we have handpicked some of the best things to see and do in the Scottish Borders and near Abbotsford - no matter what type of staycation you’re looking for.
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AUGUST IN THE ABBOTSFORD GARDENS

04 September 2020

It’s been amazing to have visitors enjoying our gardens again over the past couple of months. Head gardener Tim updates us on what the team has been up to as we near the end of the season.
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SIR WALTER SCOTT, PARASOLS AND THE EMPRESS OF BRAZIL

21 August 2020

An exquisite collection item, now on public display in our Visitor Centre, gave our curator Kirsty some sleepless nights before she discovered its story...
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CONSERVING OUR LORD BYRON PRINT

08 July 2020

It's a big job caring for the collections at Abbotsford! Our collections team recently sent a 1824 print of Lord Byron to the talented Helen Creasy at the Scottish Conservation Studio for conservation work. Collections and Interpretation Manager Kirsty explains why and we show the process of saving the print in pictures.
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GARDENS BLOOMING FOR GATES OPENING ON JULY 1ST

29 June 2020

The gardening team have been working their wellies off making sure everything is looking great for when we can open the garden gates again on Wednesday July 1st. Head Gardener Tim tells you what they’ve been up to and what to look out for.
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VOLUNTEERS' WEEK: NANCY'S VOLUNTEERING STORY

03 June 2020

While we're unable to celebrate Volunteers' Week with our volunteers this year, we're doing our best to celebrate them digitally. Today, volunteer Room Steward and Tour Guide Nancy writes about why she chose to volunteer with Abbotsford and what her volunteer work means to her.
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THE MERRY BUSY MONTH OF MAY

23 May 2020

While Abbotsford is closed our gardening team are still busy at work looking after the Walled Regency Gardens, taking all necessary precautions for their health and wellbeing. Head Gardener Tim shares the latest news on the team's work and answers some of your gardening questions.
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MUSEUM WEEK

21 May 2020

Last week we participated in Museum Week, sharing something from Abbotsford on social media for each Museum Week theme over 7 days. If you missed it, here’s a round up of the week.
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HATS OFF TO A RARE ITEM

29 April 2020

When we asked 'what's your favourite thing about Abbotsford?' Bruce, volunteer Guide and Room Steward, pulled an interesting item out of the hat...
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SIR WALTER SCOTT AND WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

24 April 2020

On the anniversary of Shakespeare’s baptism, our Collections and Interpretation Manager Kirsty puts a tiny trinket centre stage to explore Sir Walter Scott's literary hero.
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EARLY SPRING IN THE ABBOTSFORD GARDENS

14 April 2020

Although Abbotsford is closed to the public our gardening staff have been busy tending the Walled Regency Gardens, working alone in shifts and taking all necessary precautions.Head Gardener Tim shares the early spring planting and preparation work the team have been doing to keep the gardens looking their best for when we re-open.
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AN ABBOTSFORD EASTER EGG HUNT

10 April 2020

Happy Easter from Abbotsford! Although you can't enjoy a visit to Abbotsford this Easter weekend, we're bringing some of our collection's lesser known stories to you with an unusual spin on an Easter Egg hunt! Check in each day with Kirsty, our Collections & Interpretation Manager, who has been hunting around the archives for some eggstraordinary stories...
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LIFE IN A PANDEMIC: WHAT WOULD SCOTT HAVE DONE?

23 March 2020

As we all get used to looking at the outside world through our windows, our Collections and Interpretation Manager, Kirsty Archer-Thompson considers whether Sir Walter Scott would have been self-isolating or social distancing if Covid-19 had come to call two hundred years ago...
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MAD, BAD AND A PLEASURE TO KNOW: THE UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP OF SIR WALTER SCOTT AND LORD BYRON

17 June 2019

Sir Walter Scott was an early admirer of Lord Byron’s poetry, despite finding himself one of several contemporary poets under satirical attack in Byron’s English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809):
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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH ART UK

09 May 2019

Over the past couple of months, the Collections team at Abbotsford has been preparing to take part in Art UK’s Sculpture Project. This is a National project working to photograph and digitise sculpture in public collections in order to make it more accessible to the public. This follows Art UK’s previous Your Paintings project which focussed entirely on oil paintings. You can enjoy the fruits of the project here at Abbotsford over on the Art UK website.
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THE JOHN MUIR TRUST DISCOVERY AWARD AT ABBOTSFORD

30 January 2019

In November 2018, we proudly awarded the John Muir Trust Discovery Awards to five young people from Gala Academy Secondary Support Centre!
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MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTT'S FASCINATION

17 January 2019

Here at Abbotsford, we like to continue Sir Walter Scott’s tradition of championing stories from Scotland’s rich and chequered past. In the last six months, two of Scotland’s most famous sovereigns, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots, have been placed centre stage in big-budget film adaptations and today we take a closer look at one of them.
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A GLIMPSE INTO TURNER'S MIND

17 October 2018

As a legacy of the Turner Bequest in 1856, the Tate became home to a vast collection of sketchbooks that belonged to the artist J. M. W. Turner. These private notebooks offer a unique insight into the artist’s mind, revealing exciting aspects of his artistic process.
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MEMORIES OF ABBOTSFORD - UNEXPECTED SOUVENIRS

27 August 2018

Historic houses give us an insight into the lives of those who built and lived in them over the centuries. We believe that the stories we tell should not only be informed by what we find inside these houses but by the visitors, friends and communities surrounding them. Their memories are just as cherished and important to our history but often hidden away.
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IT WOULDN’T BE A BIRTHDAY WITHOUT EMBARRASSING BABY PICTURES...

15 August 2018

Like many of us, Scott was not terribly enthusiastic about growing old. In his diary, he remarked disapprovingly that ‘the outside of my head is waxing grizzled but I cannot find that the snow has coold my brain or my heart.’
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MEMORIES OF ABBOTSFORD - DISCOVERING THE BORDERLANDS

31 July 2018

Historic houses give us an incredible insight into the lives of those who occupied them over the centuries. We believe that the stories we tell should not only be informed by what we find inside these houses but by the visitors, friends and communities surrounding them. Their memories are just as cherished and important to our history but often hidden away.
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IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY! LOOKING BACK ON 5 YEARS WITH 5 HIGHLIGHTS

17 July 2018

Time flies when you’re working hard and the years have certainly flown by at Abbotsford. It has been 11 years since the founding of The Abbotsford Trust and this July, we celebrate 5 years since reopening to the public.
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HURRAY FOR THE BRAW LAD AND BRAW LASS!

28 June 2018

HURRAY FOR THE BRAW LAD AND BRAW LASS!
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THE TOP 3 WORKS BY SCOTT - AS VOTED BY OUR VOLUNTEERS

14 June 2018

For the 2018 Borders Book Festival, we asked our volunteers for their opinion: With an oeuvre spanning a variety of genres, topics and styles, it is difficult to pinpoint which are Scott's best works. Which are yours?
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ON SCOTT'S CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

23 February 2018

Scott’s circle of friends encompassed lords and ladies of the very highest rank, just as much as it did business partners and the men and women working on his estate and in the household. Undoubtedly, the author felt thankful for the loyalty bestowed on him, and his closest friendships lasted a lifetime.
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