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The Hill House: the Blackie family abroad

At a time before air travel was possible for most people, wealthy Victorians and Edwardians still loved to explore the globe!

Jam, jelly or preserves

As autumn moves into winter we reflect on the transformation of summer’s bounty into food for the long months ahead.

William Beckford (1760–1844): part one

Regional Curator Sarah Beattie continues her series, looking at the lives of some of the Hamilton family and exploring the impact they had on the building, collections and interiors at Brodick Castle. This time she examines the early life of William Beckford.

A Hebridean Halloween

The otherworldly magic of a traditional Hebridean Halloween was captured on camera by Margaret Fay Shaw. Enjoy a glimpse of celebrations in the past.

Gladstone’s Land and the murder allegation

Gladstone’s Land was once home to a murder suspect.

Behind the scenes of the ‘From Camera to Canvas’ exhibition

Get a glimpse of the unseen work that’s going into putting on the first major exhibition on E A Hornel in 35 years.

The turn of the page: a photographic ghost story

We explore Victorian studio photography through a fictional ghost story!

Was there a Jamaican man at the Battle of Culloden?

As part of Black History Month in October 2020 we took a closer look at an embroidered picture on display in the visitor centre at Culloden, which was thought to depict a West Indian man on the Jacobite side at the battle of Culloden in 1746.

The tale of a silk dress: part 2

Read the next entry in our imagined diary of a beautiful silk dress, as she continues her account of her exciting travels, leading to her final destination.

What’s up at Pollok

Read about Pollok House from a teenager’s point of view – it’s still a great way to spend a day.

The Hill House: the library

Find inspiration in the book titles in this room, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for book publisher Walter Blackie.

Say cheese!

To celebrate World Food Day on Friday 16 October we take a look at the history of cheese though objects in our collection.

Light & Dark at Haddo House

Last year, designer James Johnson worked with the team at Haddo House to enliven spaces through the use of light and dark.

Africans at the court of James IV

It’s Black History Month and, as we launch the Facing Our Past project, we take a look at some of the properties in our care that have links to the transatlantic slave trade.

E A Hornel exhibition: From Camera to Canvas

This autumn the National Trust for Scotland and Edinburgh City Art Centre are delighted to present the first major exhibition of the work of Scottish artist Edward Atkinson Hornel for over 35 years.

Margaret Fay Shaw: the shadow in the corner

Fiona Mackenzie, Canna House Archivist, explores whether folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw deliberately inserted her shadow into her photography as a form of self-portrait.

All is vanity

Haddo House is home to an important macabre vanitas by Baroque artist Salvator Rosa, which may hold a musical secret.

The Hill House: the sleeping princess

Find out how Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh made the beautiful gesso panel above the fireplace in the drawing room.

Changing history

We’re embarking on a new project that will explore the role that the slave trade played in the histories of Scotland and some of the Trust’s most-loved properties.

The tale of a silk dress: part 1 – A journey from Canton to Montrose

Read our first entry in the imagined diary of a blue silk dress, now in our collection at House of Dun.

Collections diaries – from St Kitts to the Georgian House, Edinburgh

The regional curator for Edinburgh and East shares her recent research into one object, found quite by accident during documentation work.

Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton (1767–1852)

Join Regional Curator Sarah Beattie over the next few months as she looks at the lives of some of the Hamilton family, and explores the impact they had on the building, collections and interiors at Brodick Castle.

A tale of two champions: the Cribb and Molineaux boxing drawings at Brodick

On this day, 109 years ago, Cribb and Molineaux took to the ring for the second time to find the ultimate winner of Georgian Britain’s greatest boxing battle.

Sex and scandal at Gladstone’s Land

Behind the historical facade of Gladstone’s Land lies a scandalous past.