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A Royal Engagement

The clothing featured in the tapestry’s scene of a betrothal have been recreated by the skilled team of volunteer embroiderers for use in future educational events at the Castle. The exhibition looks at aspects of the period in time featured (around 1510-1520) using objects from East Ayrshire Arts and Museums collections such as suits of armour and early musical instruments. These include some of the ‘new’ materials reaching Europe at the time, such as silk from the Far East, food, and the public displays of wealth (or ‘bling’ as we know it today!).

The Textile Team, a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and East Ayrshire Arts and Museums, has worked on many other aspects of restoration, re-creation and interpretation of various old and new textiles from the collections, and ‘A Royal Engagement’ gives you a chance to learn about these too. A central task for the Team has been the restoration and conservation of an important set of 18th Century curtains from the Castle, and the re-storage of the important collection of Ayrshire Whitework.

During the exhibition there will be opportunities for schools to visit, curator’s talks and lots of other events.

Education and events

Music at the Stewart Courts
Workshops illustrated with musical examples played on instruments from the period. Pupils will learn about the musical culture of the courts of James IV, James V and Mary, Queen of Scots, including the sounds and appearance of early instruments and music, and participate in simple dance and music. Bookings by arrangement.

Date TBC – Come along to hear the music of The Galloway Consort and see the ‘Royal Engagement’ exhibition. Refreshments will be provided.

Pop into the Dick and meet Sir Hugo, a local knight of the 1500’s, who will tell you all about life at the time of the betrothal scene tapestry – including weapons, food and drink and much more.
Date and time TBC

Join a Museums Officer for a guided tour of ‘A Royal Engagement’, and learn a bit more about the background to the exhibition.

Public talks – dates and times tbc
Group visits – by appointment – call 01563 554342 or Ideal for local history groups.