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Conference to Showcase Stirling Palace Refurbishment

1 November 2011

Historic Scotland is hosting a conference, ‘Rebirth of the Palace’, with presentations by experts involved in the £12 million project to return Stirling Castle’s royal palace to how it may have looked in the 1540s.

The conference will take place at Pathfoot Lecture Theatre, University of Stirling on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November 2011.

Topics will include courtly life in Scotland and Europe in the sixteenth century, the influences on the architecture and decoration at Stirling and the magnificent Stirling Heads and unicorn tapestries.  There will also be a presentation on the digital scanning of the Palace.

Delegates will also enjoy a reception in the Great Hall at Stirling Castle and tours of the newly refurbished palace.

Deborah Mays, Director of Policy and Outreach said:  “The recreation of the Renaissance interiors was based on detailed research by academics and expert craftsmen to ensure the results are as close to the original interiors as possible.  

“This conference will give people a fascinating insight into the amazing craftsmanship and historical research involved in the prestigious project to fully refurbish Stirling Castle’s six great royal apartments.  

“It is really wonderful to see the positive reactions shown by visitors as they step back into the 16th century and see what life was like for Mary of Guise, the widow of James V, and their infant daughter Mary Queen of Scots.”

To download a copy of the conference programme visit the Official Stirling Castle Website

Adult - £120
Concession - £96
Student - £96
Member of Historic Scotland - £96

To buy tickets visit our Webstore and choose Stirling Castle from the drop down list.
(although the calendar will only select 26th November, please note your ticket covers both the 26th and 27th November)

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

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For further information

Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866