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In Conversation: Inspiring Walter Scott

26 Aug 2021
19:30—20:30

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From Waverley to Rob Roy, the romantic imagery of Sir WalterScott’s novels has become synonymous with Scotland for readers around the world.

Join curators Dr Anna Groundwater and David Forsyth to explore the fascinating objects from the museum’s collections that were so intrinsic to Scott’s writing process. This event will include a live Q&A chaired by writer and critic Stuart Kelly.  

This event includes live captioning delivered by Stagetext. 

Sir William Allan, ‘Sir Walter Scott, 1771 - 1832. Novelist and poet’, c. 1844, PG 1366 © National Galleries of Scotland. Given by the Art Fund (London Scot Bequest) 1938

Speakers

Dr Anna Groundwater is Principal Curator, Renaissance and Early Modern History at National Museums Scotland.

David Forsyth is Interim Keeper, Art and Design at National Museums Scotland. 

Stuart Kelly is a writer and critic whose work includes Scott-Land: The Man Who Invented A Nation, which was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He is a past president of The Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club.

Learn more about the themes explored in this event at Inspiring Walter Scott, 6 August 20219 January 2022 at the National Museum of Scotland. In this small, free display, discover how Scott drew upon real historical objects for inspiration.  

Sporran clasp of brass and steel with four concealed pistols which would fire if the sporran was not opened correctly.

Sporran clasp of brass and steel with four concealed pistols which would fire if the sporran was not opened correctly, probably the model for that worn by Rob Roy in the novel by Sir Walter Scott published in 1818.

Jacobite wine glass with a drawn trumpet shaped bowl, multi-spiral air twist stem and plain spreading foot, the bowl wheel engraved with a fully opened 6 petal rose and a closed rosebud.

Further information

How to take part

  • A recording of the event will be made available if you’re not able to join us on the night.  
  • The event will be hosted on Zoom. To book, please register your name and e-mail address via Eventbrite in the website link.   
  • Please note that you need only book one ticket (either an attendee ticket or an attendee with donation ticket) per household/e-mail address.  Prior to the event you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to join.  
  • Following the talk there will be a Q & A session.  
  • Please note this event will be recorded but your cameras and microphones will automatically be switched off. 

Enquiries

If you have any questions about the event, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing us at publicevents@nms.ac.uk.

Header image: sporran clasp of brass and steel with four concealed pistols which would fire if the sporran was not opened correctly, probably the model for that worn by Rob Roy in the novel by Sir Walter Scott published in 1818.

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