Over the next two weeks the furnishings in the Castle’s Palace and Great Hall will be receiving special attention from Stirling’s Monument Conservation Unit and Historic Scotland’s Collections Unit. Between 6th and 19th January visitors will be able to get a glimpse of these teams carrying out conservation cleaning on Stirling’s large textile collection.
The majority of the work will be carried out from scaffolding, and involves using specialist conservation materials to gently remove any dust that may have built up on these delicate items. This process will also allow staff to assess the condition of the textiles and make recommendations about their future care.
The furnishings in both the Palace and Great Hall are reproductions based on years of meticulous research into how the rooms of the Castle may have looked during the 16th century. They include the magnificent Unicorn Tapestries, specially commissioned to adorn the walls of the Queen’s Apartments, and based on a medieval set held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Regional Collections Manager (Central)