26/06/2019 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Modern view of Flora MacDonald as mother, migrant and survivor

303a6584-01ca-4a07-86fb-e806d0d9bd7b

A new installation by playwright, theatre-maker and poet Belle Jones is set to open at Perth Museum and Art Gallery this summer, taking a look at the adventures Flora Macdonald experienced over her whole life: before, during and after her encounter with Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie).

ICONS: Flora - mother, migrant, survivor is new installation by playwright, theatre-maker and poet Belle Jones set to open at Perth Museum and Art Gallery. 

Though best remembered as the young woman who helped the Jacobite Prince “over the sea to Skye” following the Battle of Culloden in 1746 (for more on Culloden click here), the life of Flora Macdonald has been largely recorded through the words of men.

A complex story

Engaging with women local to Perth, Belle has incorporated discussion and creative sessions during which Flora’s complex story has been explored from a female perspective, considering how she might have expressed herself in her own words. ICONS will present Flora Macdonald from a fresh standpoint, highlighting issues from her lifetime which are still relevant today.

Belle Jones said: “I’m always drawn to the stories of women, particularly those which are unheard or underrepresented. Growing up in Inverness, where the only statue in town was one of Flora Macdonald outside the castle, I was aware of her as the romantic heroine who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape after the Battle of Culloden. It was only in more recent years that I researched her story in depth and discovered there was so much more to her life than this.

"I’m interested in the way women in history are represented and what makes a legendary heroine. Working with text in a number of different ways and engaging with other women during the process, I hope to present Flora’s story in an accessible and interesting way, highlighting themes from her life which are still relevant to today’s women such as family, migration and why we choose the sides we choose during conflict.”

Richard Wilson’s Flora Macdonald and William Mosman’s Prince Charles Edward Stuart will be the focal point for Perth Museum and Art Gallery’s new summer exhibition ‘Jacobite Clans.’

National Galleries Scotland (NGS) will be loaning Flora Macdonald and Prince Charles Edward Stuart as part of Jacobite Clans. It is also the first time these two portraits have been on public display outside Edinburgh.

‘Jacobite Clans ’ will highlight the role the Jacobites in the local area played in Scottish history.  The exhibition has been developed by working with external partners, such as Blair Castle and Archive, the Library of Innerpeffray, and National Galleries Scotland. A number of private collections have also allowed Culture Perth and Kinross to secure new loans for objects, some of which have never been on public display.

ICONS is on at Perth Museum and Art Gallery from 6 July – 26 October 2019.

QUICK LINK: Women of Glasgow and the fight for the female vote

(image courtesy of New York Public Library, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs)

News

26/06/2019 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Prince on the Run: exhibition tells the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie's escape

A display featuring gifts exchanged between Bonnie Prince Charlie and Flora MacDonald are included as part of ...


Writer and broadcaster Jamie Crawford is announced as the 2019-20 Explore Your Archive ambassador

The Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland) and its ARA Scotland regional group have announced that ...


James Duncan article in History Scotland: a refutation from The Aberdeen Trades Union Council and Portlethen’s Labour Councillor Alison Evison

Statement from The Aberdeen Trades Union Council and Portlethen’s Labour Councillor Alison Evison on an ...


The UK’s first female students awarded posthumous honorary degrees in medicine

Seven students who blazed a trail for women’s access to higher education have this weekend been awarded ...


Other News

New proposal to transform John Knox House into a new Literature House

The City of Literature Trust has this week unveiled a proposal for John Knox House on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile ...


University of Glasgow unveils gigantic map for world's biggest historical table top war game

The organisers of the biggest ever historical table top war game have unveiled the gigantic map being used to ...


New research on a Darien hero, Margaret Tudor and Michael Davitt's Highland tour in July/August History Scotland

Take a look at the centuries of history covered in the latest issue of History Scotland with our editor's ...


Aberdeen's UNESCO-recognised burgh records now freely available to a global audience

Aberdeen's earliest burgh records will now be opened to the world after researchers painstakingly transcribed ...