Tag : history

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Iconic Portcullis Gate reinstated at Abbotsford

    18th Dec 2018

    The iconic entrance gate that secured Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, has been reinstated, after a year-long absence for major conservation work. The reinstated Portcullis Gate was ...

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

    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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    • gala day
    • 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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    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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