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Dressed to impress

Cabinet cards? Carte-de-visites? What does it all mean? We’ll be exploring the differences between the two mediums using a selection of photographs featuring fantastic outfits.

Upcycling with the Lorimers

Whilst you’re spending lots of time at home at the moment, perhaps you could take some inspiration from the very creative Mary Lorimer at Kellie Castle. Take a look at our gallery for some home improvement ideas.

Schooldays gone by

As schools across the world close their doors, we explore some of the images of schools and schoolchildren in our photographic collections.

The benevolent Elizabeth, Duchess of Gordon

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re publishing a series of blog posts written by our volunteers and staff, highlighting both historical female characters and their influences at their properties.

Cartomania: the portrayal of women in carte de visites

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting historical female characters and their influences at our properties.

Lady Augusta Kennedy-Erskine: from illegitimate daughter to lady of the house

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re publishing a series of blog posts written by our volunteers and staff, highlighting both historical female characters and their influences at their properties.

15 intriguing objects

We have lots of fascinating items at our places, many of them with amazing stories to tell ...

Leith Hall – a restoration of rocks

A long-standing project to restore the Rock Garden at Leith Hall will finally be completed in spring this year.

The trailblazer that was Caroline Norton

This Women’s History Month, we’re publishing a series of blog posts written by our volunteers and staff. Our second post explores the life of Caroline Norton.

All is vanity

Haddo House has loaned an important painting to the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris for an exhibition, ‘Cézanne and the Masters. Dream of Italy’.

Solas event week on Canna – call for papers

*Postponed until spring 2021*. The Margaret Fay Shaw ‘Solas’ DVD launch will inspire a week-long event on Canna.

Gossiping at Kellie

Known in Fife as ‘gossip chairs’ these small seats were a favourite with the architect Robert Lorimer. This example from the 1890s was gifted to Kellie Castle in January 2020.

Scraps of the past – Violet Brodie’s photo albums: Part II

Follow in the footsteps of Violet Brodie by exploring her scrapbook photo albums.

The Second Morton Photography Symposium

‘Ways of Seeing’: Women and Photography in Scotland at Glasgow Women’s Library is the second symposium inspired by our photographic collections.

Gregg violin woos the windy city

The Gregg violin tour of the US reaches Illinois, visiting schools, care homes, the UK Consul General’s residence, a Scots pub, and a very special history centre on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Peacocks on the move!

These birds have flown to nest temporarily in an exhibition at Tate Britain, in a show devoted to the later 17th century and the first to explore baroque art in Britain.

Gregg violin played on Capitol Hill

The Gregg violin is played inside the US Library of Congress, and at a Scottish Universities Alumni Burns Supper in Washington DC.

A Man’s A Man For A’ That

Alistair McCulloch plays the Gregg violin in the home of Frederick Douglass – writer, orator, abolitionist campaigner (and Burns fan!).

Gregg violin mingles with the stars at the BAFTAs in Los Angeles

The Gregg violin is played at a Burns-themed BAFTA bash in Los Angeles.

Birthday bash in Boston – violin leads the celebration of the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA

The Gregg violin takes centre stage to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA in its home town of Boston.

Violin lessons in Boston

The Gregg violin visits North Bennett Street School in Boston – a leading centre for craft skills in the USA.

Chicago Scots greet Gregg violin

The Gregg violin was played in Chicago for the first time during a musical celebration of Robert Burns, arranged by Rachel Barton Pine, and hosted by the Chicago Scots.

A Man’s A Man For A’ That

Written in 1795, this is one of Burns’s last works. It has become a firm favourite in Scotland, and was sung at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.

Warm welcome in New York for Gregg violin

The Gregg violin gets a warm welcome in sub-zero New York at two events organised by the Burns Society of New York and the American Scottish Foundation.