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    Beginning 2021 in the Abbotsford Gardens

    1st Mar 2021

    As March begins, Head Gardener Tim discusses the last few months and plans for Spring in the Abbotsford gardens. We started the year with seasonal, wintery weather. Sustained periods of frost and ...

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    2020 in the Abbotsford Gardens

    28th Dec 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! After going ...

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    August in the Abbotsford Gardens

    4th Sep 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. After ...

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    Abbotsford Open Seven Days a Week

    3rd Sep 2020

    Abbotsford is delighted that we’re now able to open all areas every day in September, thanks to the support of our visitors. Abbotsford’s house, gardens, exhibition, shop and cafe are now open ...

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    Historic House Re-opens for Scott’s Birthday

    11th Aug 2020

    Sir Walter Scott's historic home will re-open its doors on the famous author’s birthday, Saturday 15th August. The historic house, described by Scott as his ‘conundrum castle’, has been ...

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    Create Abbotsford Art with Sketching Scotland

    15th Jul 2020

    We're delighted to be one of the destinations featured in Visit Scotland's Sketching Scotland campaign. Learn to draw Abbotsford with the video below and find out more about the campaign and it's ...

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    Conserving our Lord Byron print

    8th Jul 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...

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    Gardens blooming for gates opening on July 1st

    29th Jun 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...

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    Volunteers' Week: Nancy's Volunteering Story

    3rd Jun 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 ...

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    The merry busy month of May

    23rd 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 ...

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    Museum Week

    21st 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. Monday #HeroesMW...

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    Scott Inspires During Lockdown

    13th May 2020

    A popular online course on Scottish legend Sir Walter Scott is being kept open and free until September in response to the Covid-19 crisis and the increased demand for armchair learning opportunities...

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    Napoleon's Blotter: A Closer Look

    1st May 2020

    The octagonal table in Sir Walter Scott's Library at Abbotsford is almost a museum in itself, with a wide range of fascinating objects that Scott collected over the years, often connected to famous ...

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    Sir Walter Scott and William Shakespeare

    24th Apr 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. It’s hardly ...

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    Early Spring in the Abbotsford Gardens

    14th Apr 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 ...

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    An Abbotsford Easter Egg Hunt

    10th Apr 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 ...

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    Life in a pandemic: What would Scott have done?

    27th Mar 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-...

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    New exhibits at Abbotsford

    12th Jul 2019

    The drinking cup of the original Robinson Crusoe and a bridle used by Sir Walter Scott to ride his favourite pony are now on display at the author’s home, thanks to loans from National Museums ...

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    Memories of Abbotsford - Joyful, Optimistic, Dynamic

    13th May 2019

    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 ...

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    Behind the Scenes with Art UK

    9th 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 ...

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    Mary, Queen of Scott's Fascination

    17th Jan 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 ...

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    Last chance to view trio of rarely seen artworks

    14th Nov 2018

    Visitors to Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott between Melrose and Galashiels, have only a short time left to see three rarely seen watercolour paintings before they disappear back into private ...

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    A Glimpse into Turner's Mind

    17th Oct 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...

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    Memories of Abbotsford - Unexpected Souvenirs

    27th Sep 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 ...

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    • restoration, collection
    • walter scott, collections

    It wouldn’t be a birthday without embarrassing baby pictures...

    15th Aug 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 ...

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    • history, Patricia Maxwell Scott

    Memories of Abbotsford - Discovering the Borderlands

    31st Jul 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...

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    • history
    • wedding, weddings at abbotsford
    • Hope Scott Wing sitting room, Abbotsford Accommodation
    • exhibition
    • exhibition, turner
    • Family Fun

    It's our Birthday! Looking back on 5 Years with 5 Highlights

    17th Jul 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 ...

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    • history
    • history, Patricia Maxwell Scott

    Hurray for the Braw Lad and Braw Lass!

    28th Jun 2018

    Excitement is mounting as we look forward to welcoming Braw Lad Greg Kellie, Braw Lass Kimberley O’May and their Attendants Greg, Amy, Mark and Alex to Abbotsford as part of the Galashiels Braw Lads...

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    The Top 3 Works by Scott - As Voted by our Volunteers

    14th Jun 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...

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    On Scott's Circle of Friends

    23rd Apr 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. ...

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    • history, walled garden, Dame Jean, Patricia Maxwell Scott
    • Patricia, Dame Jean, South Court

    Memories of Abbotsford

    25th Jun 2017

    History isn’t simply about the four walls of that place you visit on your day out. It’s very much about the feeling you get standing in those four walls, and at Abbotsford, it’s that feeling of ...

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    • estate
    • learning
    • history, collection

    The next step

    29th Nov 2016

    The continuing challenge for Abbotsford is to safeguard the long term future of the iconic building that Scott created and that is the physical manifestation of the imagination of a man so important ...

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    • exhibition, collection
    • history, collection
    • garden, south court, sun dial

    And Time Stood Still...

    24th Nov 2016

    We've reached that time of the year when many take a few moments to reflect on their experiences. We take so many aspects of our time for granted, yet as we reach the final months, it all seems to...

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    • Hope Scott Wing sitting room, Abbotsford Accommodation

    Wrap Yourself in Autumn

    4th Oct 2016

    Scott loved autumn at Abbotsford, and taking a walk around the woodlands of the estate and along the banks of the Tweed, it’s easy to see why. Before the leaves slowly start falling one by one, the ...

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    • chinese drawing room
    • anne scott
    • harp, drawing room

    A Tale of Two Harps

    16th Jun 2016

    Our collections tend to be fairly static because of their very nature; we are not a Walter Scott museum and don't buy filler material on a theme or on the man as a general rule. We exist to showcase ...

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    Rave Reviewer: On the Evolution of an Exhibition

    28th Mar 2016

    My apologies for going completely dark; the closure season seemed to go past in the blink of an eye! We achieved a great deal over the winter, hand-cleaning all of Scott’s books, waxing all of the ...

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