Tapestry will celebrate Doncaster’s Scottish links

Part of the Scottish tapestry.
Part of the Scottish tapestry.

Talented Doncastrians have helped create a tapestry which is engaging Scots emigrant communities from all around the world.

Known as The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, the completed work consists of some 200 beautifully embroidered panels.

Now the completed work is coming to Doncaster as part of a nationwide tour. The tapestry will be on show from 14-21 November, at the Minster Church of Doncaster St George.

The organisers of the project contacted Doncaster Archives to help produce a tapestry to illustrate the worldwide Scottish diaspora.

Doncaster is one of only three places in England chosen to be represented in the tapestry.

The town was picked because of press attention in 2012 about the fact that the manor of Doncaster had belonged to the heir to the Scottish throne in the mid 12th century.

Doncaster Archives were asked to select four images to illustrate the connection between Scotland and Doncaster.

The images chosen are Prince Henry, son and heir of David I of Scotland, Walter Scott and Conisbrough Castle, Edinburgh-born Nigel Gresley’s Scottish-themed and Doncaster-built class of locomotives, and the celebrated Armthorpe NUM branch secretary Jock Kane.

Four panels were designed in Scotland based on these images and then sent, with the necessary stitching equipment, for use by stitchers who wanted to take part in the project.

About 50 people - aged from two to 90-years-old - contributed to completing the panels.

The tapestry is being displayed as part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 and exhibit in locations including Stirling, Inverness, Edinburgh and East Lothian.

The design artist Andrew Crummy is responsible for turning the stories unearthed into 500mm x 500mm panels for stitching back in the 25 countries involved, including China, India, Canada, USA, Australia, Sweden, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands and France.

Volunteers from Prestoungrange Arts Festival have been working with at least 400 embroiderers across the world.

Councillor Bob Johnson, Doncaster Council cabinet member for Culture, said: “This project showcases the work of talented Doncastrians. It is a wonderful way to celebrate Scotland’s culture, and its links to Doncaster. We are proud to be part of the celebration, and of the rich history and diverse background of Doncaster people.”