Tag : collections

    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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    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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    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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    Hats off to a rare item

    29th Apr 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... When I was asked what my favourite thing was about ...

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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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    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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    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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    New Exhibits at Abbotsford for March Opening

    22nd Feb 2019

    A wooden Jacobite quaich, a rare pack of 17th century playing cards, a slop bowl and a Persian charm are among a range of items added to the Sir Walter Scott exhibition, at Abbotsford, ready for the ...

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    Holy Relics Set to Become Star Attraction at Abbotsford

    14th Feb 2019

    Vestments belonging to Cardinal John Henry Newman are set to become the unexpected star attraction at Abbotsford when the home of Sir Walter Scott reopens on Friday March 1, after the Pope gave final ...

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • harp, painting
    • 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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