Alexander McCall Smith launches The Great Tapestry of Scotland

Date Published: 18th July 2012

Alexander McCall Smith today announced the launch of an ambitious and exciting project to stitch the entire story of Scotland from pre-history to modern times.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is the brainchild of the author, and together with historian Alistair Moffat, and with the artistic talents of Andrew Crummy, (not to mention stitchers from all over Scotland!) they haved formed a team set to produce one of the world’s longest tapestries through one of the biggest community arts projects ever to take place in Scotland.

The aim is to create a series of over one hundred and fifty panels that tell the key stories in Scottish history- everything from Duns Scotus to the formation of Rangers. Each panel will focus on a specific historical chapter, and interwoven through each will be other tales of the time.

Alexander McCall Smith said: ‘A great project is about to be launched. I believe that it will bring happiness and delight to many people.’

The project will take over a year to complete and the finished tapestry will go on display from August 2013.

For more information on the tapestry, visit the website