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Centre for Open Learning: Scotland – Romance and Reality

24 May 2024
10:30 - 16:30

Seminar Room, Learning Centre Level 4

£45 (concessions available)

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Painting of a man playing the bagpipes in the countryside. He is wearing a uniform of red tartan.

Painting of the Laird of Grant's piper, William Cumming, who is depicted with a uniform of livery, tartan, the bratach or heraldic banner, oil on canvas, by Richard Waitt, 1714.

Painting of the Laird of Grant's piper, William Cumming, who is depicted with a uniform of livery, tartan, the bratach or heraldic banner, oil on canvas, by Richard Waitt, 1714.

Explore the romance and reality of 18th and 19th century Scotland in this one-day course. 

This one-day course explores the Romantic images of Scotland formed in the 18th and 19th centuries. Using contemporary primary sources and objects in the National Museum of Scotland, the course will discuss the influence of art and literature, transport and tourism on the Romantic image of Scotland, as well as the role played by figures such as Queen Victoria and Walter Scott. 

This course will be led by Helen Rapport PGCE, M.A., PhD.

A painting of two young Jacobite men with white wigs and elaborate jackets.

One of a collection of Jacobite relics amassed by Sir John Hynde Cotton and his descendants - a rectangular miniature, watercolour on bone, of Princes Charles Edward and Henry Benedict Stuart (H.NT 246).

A landscape painting showing a group of people standing at the edge of a large loch, with mountains in the distance.

Painting, oil on canvas, by John Knox (1778 - 1845), 'Landscape with Tourists at Loch Katrine'. Such scenes, almost always featuring exaggerated landscape features and omitting local populations, came to define outside perceptions of the Highlands. Creative Commons CC by NC.

The University of Edinburgh Short Courses are presented by the Centre for Open Learning. Full information is on the booking link above, or you can contact the Centre for Open Learning on 0131 650 4400 or COL@ed.ac.uk

No prior knowledge is required. Find out more at ed.ac.uk/short-courses

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National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1JF

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