New exhibit for Scottish Borders centre revealed

The new exhibit for The Great Tapestry of Scotland Centre in Galashiels. Picture from Live Borders
The new exhibit, Iconic Scotland. Credit: Live Borders

The newest addition to a tourist attraction in the Scottish Borders has been revealed.

Iconic Scotland has been designed to "tell the people’s story of Scotland" and features reflections from more than 40 well-known faces from the nation, including some Borderers.

It will be the first in a series of visiting exhibits to be housed in a large exhibition space in the new purpose built Great Tapestry of Scotland Centre in Galashiels, which is due to open next year.

Among the celebrity contributors are rugby veteran and motor neurone disease campaigner Doddie Weir, football player and manager John Collins and actor Grant O'Rourke, famous for his role in Outlander.

It also features the words of NHS Borders clinical director Dr Jonathan Aldridge reflecting on what it has been like for him and his team during the Covid-19 pandemic 

Great Tapestry of Scotland Centre director Sandy-Maxwell Forbes said he was "delighted" to reveal the exhibit and added:

Another contributor, actress Joanna Lumley, said:


Mr O’Rourke said:

The Great Tapestry of Scotland has been hand stitched by a team of 1,000 stitchers led by Dorie Wilkie and is designed to tell the visual story of Scotland’s history, heritage and culture from its formation to present day. It was the vision of writer Alexander McCall-Smith, designed by artist Andrew Crummy from a narrative written by the award-winning writer and historian Alistair Moffat. It is made up of 160 panels and 300 miles of wool.