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Jacobites Study Day and Jacobites Festival Day at Palace of Holyroodhouse - 28 and 29 October 2017

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The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is hosting two events in October, each of which celebrates Jacobite history, and accompanies a major Jacobite exhibition at nearby National Museum of Scotland.

The National Museum of Scotland's major new exhibition Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites tells the real story of Charles Edward Stuart and the rise and fall of the Jacobites. 

The Jacobite legend has enduring fascination and our panel of expert speakers will investigate this compelling story of love, loss, exile, rebellion and retribution, challenging many of the misconceptions that still surround this turbulent period in European history.

Jacobite Study Day, 28 October 2017

Presenting papers from the National Museum of Scotland are David Forsyth, Principal Curator Medieval - Early Modern Collections, and Danielle Connolly and Miriam McLeod, Assistant Textile Conservators. Deborah Clarke, Senior Curator, Royal Collection Trust, discusses the role of the Palace of Holyroodhouse during the '45 uprising, and the final contribution is from the Jacobite historian Edward Corp, Emeritus Professor of British History at the University of Toulouse. The event is chaired by broadcaster and historian Dr Fiona Watson.

Registration for the Study Day is between 10:00 and 10:30 at the National Museum of Scotland where the four speakers will deliver their papers in the Auditorium. After lectures, guests are invited to visit the exhibition Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites, which closes at 17:00. The exhibition ticket is only valid for this one date.

There is a private view of the rooms Bonnie Prince Charlie frequented at the Palace of Holyroodhouse between 17:15 and 18:00. Please note that refreshments are not included.

Jacobites Festival Day, 29 October

Step back in time and immerse yourself in life at the court of Bonnie Prince Charlie in the autumn of 1745. Meet his admirer Maddie Pringle who will teach you Jacobite songs and eavesdrop on the Prince as he prepares for battle.

Join our Palace experts and get up close to Jacobite relics in the Royal Collection.

Work with local artists to create your own portrait of the Prince, find out what a cockade was before making your own, listen to traditional Scottish music and follow in the footsteps of the Jacobites with our activity trail around the rooms used by the Court.

Runs 1-4pm. Free with Palace ticket or annual pass.

For more information, visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse website.

Dr Allan Kennedy explores the history of the Jacobites in a special History Scotland unofficial Outlander digital guide, available from our website.

(Images copyright Palace of Holyroodhouse)

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