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Tokens of remembrance

November is a month for remembrance, both privately and publicly.

The Great Eight at the Hill House

Rachel Thompson, Visitor Services Manager at the Hill House, tells us about her favourite parts of the property.

Famous Scottish artists (and where to find them)

Discover some of our favourite Scottish artists and find out where you can see their work in its ‘natural habitat’.

Below-stairs life at the Georgian House

We’re carrying out research to find out more about the life of the servants who worked so hard to keep the household running smoothly.

Wallpaper, paint and carpets: bringing National Trust for Scotland interiors to life

Take a look behind the scenes to find out about interior design Trust style.

Collections uncovered: Kellie Castle

Antonia Laurence-Allen, Curator for Edinburgh and East, takes you on a short video tour of Kellie Castle.

How Falkland Palace became a home

To mark International Students’ Day on 17 November, we’re delighted to bring you a story written by a student from the University of St Andrews. It tells how Falkland Palace was turned into a home by Barbara Crichton-Stuart and takes you on tour of the property, inside and out.

William Beckford (1760–1844): part two

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 later life of William Beckford.

The tale of a silk dress: part 3

Read the final entry in our imagined diary of a beautiful silk dress, as we explore the metamorphosis from painted cloth to prized possession.

A student’s view: a poster from 1920

In a new venture at the Trust, we’re asking 17–23-year-olds to join us in researching objects in our collection. Here, we mark Remembrance Day 2020 by looking at a poster from Kellie Castle, made 100 years ago to raise funds for a Scottish National War Memorial.

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.