More than 1,000 years ago the sleepy Angus village of St Vigeans was the centre of a royal estate and of huge religious importance. The most important indications of the village’s powerful past can be found in two adjoining sandstone cottages. Within their walls in Historic Scotland’s newly refurbished museum are housed 38 carved stones which are among the last and very finest expressions of Pictish art, making them tremendously important – part of our national collection of the earliest art of Scotland. The tour of Hospitalfield will highlight the architecture of the house demonstrating its medieval origin as a monastic hospital serving Arbroath Abbey and its fantastical 19th-century additions. The tour will continue through the main rooms, full of Hospitalfield’s astonishing collection items incorporating painting, furniture, textile, decorative arts and fine carving demonstrating the Arts & Crafts style favoured by Patrick and Elizabeth Allan-Fraser. The tour continues to the grounds and gardens, with the opportunity to see the remains of the Victorian fernery and the plans for its redevelopment.
9.30 – Depart Chambers Street, Edinburgh
11.30 – St Vigeans – guided tour by Professor Jane Geddes
13.00 – Lunch at Hospitalfield House
14.00 – Hospitalfield House – curator led tour
15.30 – Depart
17.30 – Arrive Chambers Street, Edinburgh
Please note that the summer excursion can sell out very quickly, tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. Tickets include return transport, the tours and lunch. Book online or download booking form here.
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