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The Abbey Strand Book Club

In the Abbey Strand Book Club, explore spaces and objects which have shaped history and inspired fiction.

The Abbey Strand Book Club

About The Abbey Strand Book Club

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From Jacobite stories to embroidered biographies, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and its many chapters of history have provided the inspiration for many literary works over the centuries. In the Abbey Strand Book Club, explore spaces and objects which have shaped history and inspired fiction. Please note, texts are not included in the ticket price, and should be purchased to read beforehand.

2 March - Waverley, Walter Scott
In our first Abbey Strand book club session, explore Walter Scott's novel Waverley, and discover the history and spaces in the Palace that provided inspiration for Scott.

1 June - The Fair Botanists, Sarah Sheridan
Explore the space and stories of the Physic Garden at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, before turning attention to a recent novel inspired by gardens of Enlightenment Edinburgh.

7 September - Macbeth, William Shakespeare
A portrait of Macbeth hangs in the Great Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. In this same room hangs a portrait of James VI and I. Explore the connection between the king and the bard, and delve into an interest which they had a common interest- witchcraft.

7 December - Embroidering Her Truth, Clare Hunter
Perhaps one of the most famous residents to make the Palace of Holyroodhouse her home was Mary, Queen Of Scots. Explore Mary's chambers and objects connected with the monarch, including an exquisite embroidery made during the last years of her life.

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Join us at The Palace of Holyroodhouse on 13th March for an exciting opportunity for students in arts, heritage and culture!

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This Easter discover the story of some very fancy eggs in the Royal Collection at The Palace of Holyroodhouse!

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The national animal of Scotland can be spotted all over the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Join us on 6th May for a day of activities celebrating the unicorn!

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Join Emma Stead, Curator at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, to learn about George IV’s visit to Edinburgh in 1822.

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Join Recitals for Wrigglers in the historic Abbey Strand Centre for a classical concert specially created for babies and toddlers.

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Join us in the Family Room at The Palace of Holyroodhouse to get up close to some historical and replica objects.

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Join us in the Family Room at The Palace of Holyroodhouse to discover the stories behind some special crowns. Get creative by decorating your own crown to wear as you visit the rest of the Palace.

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