During the course of 2020 we will be organising a series of exhibitions and events. Further events will continue into 2021. The best place to find up-to-date details of each event is to visit our Facebook events page here. There will be a number of other smaller events, tours and workshops taking place, but this page is a quick guide to the main programme.
UPDATE: due to the ongoing uncertainty over the current coronavirus pandemic, some of our programmed dates have been changed from earlier advertisements. We have managed to reschedule most of our events but things may be subject to change as the situation evolves.
MOUNT FELIX TAPESTRY – Prestongrange Gothenburg, 26 February-11 March: a free exhibition showing the Mount Felix Tapestry, a community arts project commemorating the work of a hospital for ANZAC troops during WWI. The tapestry was in part inspired by the Prestonpans Tapestry.
FACEBOOK FILM CLUB – online, 25 March-10 April: join together digitally to break the loneliness of isolation, gathering to watch a range of video content relating to the Battle and its Tapestry.
PRESTONPANS TAPESTRY EXHIBITION – Garioch Centre, Inverurie, 8 August-31 October: our main exhibition of the year, bringing the Prestonpans Tapestry to the site of another 1745 engagement. Entry £5 (£3 conc.). Details on the poster above..
ADAM SKIRVING TRIBUTE – Athelstaneford, August date TBC : this year is also the 275th anniversary of one of Scotland’s most famous folk songs, Hey Johnnie Cope! To mark this we will be visiting the grave of its writer Adam Skirving for a memorable performance of his two songs about the Battle of Prestonpans.
BATTLE OF PRESTONPANS 275 ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND – a busy weekend of special events to mark the actual anniversary of the battle. Click the link to get more details.
HMS FOX COMMEMORATION – Dunbar, 14 November: Fox was a Royal Navy frigate, and some of its sailors were sent ashore to man the cannons at Prestonpans. The ship sank with the loss of almost all hands in a storm on 14 November 1745, just off the coast of Dunbar.
PRESTONPANS 275 EXHIBITION – John Gray Centre, Haddington, 3 October 2020-January 2021: a special exhibition exploring the cultural legacy of the battle, and how the Jacobites have been remembered and portrayed.