Corby’s Scots heritage story told stitch by stitch

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry
The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

A tapestry of millions of stitches involving thousands of hours of work by volunteers, including people from Corby, will go on display in the town’s Rooftop Gallery.

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry is the result of an ambitious project involving Scots in 25 different countries around the world telling their stories on embroidered panels.

At an event at the Grampian Club in November 2012 to create interest in the tapestry, Dr Gordon Prestounrange, the man behind the project, explained that Corby was chosen because it “has such close Scottish connections.

“There is a huge amount of material linking Corby to Scotland and lots of people with personal memories.”

Volunteers later gathered at the club to stitch panels showing Corby’s Scottish roots.

The tapestry has been on a worldwide tour and will be arriving in Corby on Monday, November 24, and staying until Friday, December 5.

It will be welcomed to the Rooftop Gallery, which is in the old Corby Library upstairs by Flowertime, in true Scottish fashion. Piper Mark McLaughlan will start proceedings at an open event on the Monday at 7.30pm, and the evening will include a display of Highland dancing by the Lesley Keating dancers and some Scottish songs by Ian Stark.

Stitchers from Corby who helped to make the tapestry will be on hand during the exhibition to talk about the project, and textile specialist Maggie Wood will hold practical tapestry demonstrations on Wednesday mornings while the exhibition is on.

People with a story to share of their own links with Scotland are invited to come and have their tales recorded for posterity to add to the Corby Heritage collection.

There will be a special event to mark the end of the exhibition from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday, December 3, when writers and poets from the gallery’s monthly writers group will read their own new work on the theme of migration and their links with Scotland.

The exhibition is being supported by Corby Council and will be open from 11am to 4pm daily except on Sunday, November 30, when it will be closed.

For more details contact Billy Dalziel on 01536 464000.