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The Bute Collection Revealed: Spring/Summer Chats 2020

The first Thursday of the month

The Bute Collection Revealed: Spring/Summer Chats 2020

Join us for a series of informal, monthly Fireside Chats to celebrate the amazing treasures in and around Mount Stuart. Talks are held on the first Thursday of the month, from 10:30am to 12:00pm. No prior expertise is required, simply book your place, bring your curiosity, and enjoy.

Purchase your tickets here.

5 March

Fancy Fabrics?

Tracy Harrison Butler and Kelly Mann, currently enrolled on Glasgow University’s Dress and Textiles History MA Course will share some of their exciting findings from Mount Stuart’s textile store. As interns they enjoy privileged access to a collection which has rarely been examined, and they will also talk about some of their professional experience on the set of Outlander and as costume makers.

2 April

The History of Mount Stuart’s Gardens

Discover the fascinating history of our gardens with Graham Alcorn, our Living Collections Manager, and learn of more recent developments in the grounds.

We will delve into some never published botanical archive material.

7 May

There is a Volcano Behind My House

In this session we will introduce Mount Stuart’s spring exhibition by contemporary artist Ilana Halperin to our Bute audience. Morven Gregor, Visual Arts Coordinator, will help us explore the work.

4 June

Rock The Garden

Put your wellies on and join our Gardens Manager, Beki Marriott in the Rock Garden for a practical demonstration of everything to do with planting: soil prepping; plant health checks, staking, vermin protection, propagation of pond plants and lots more. (2hrs outdoor session followed by tea/coffee indoors)

16 July

Old Ways, New Roads

The new exhibition ‘’Old Ways New Roads: Travels in Scotland, c.1720-1822” (from 14 August - 29 November 2020) at the Hunterian Art Gallery draws on two important loans from the Bute Collection. John Bonehill, History of Art Lecturer from Glasgow Uni will join us to discover the relevance of the Charles Steuart paintings to the newly emerging landscape in 18th century Scotland.

6 August

Contemporary Conversation

In this session we have an opportunity to explore our much anticipated contemporary commission with the artist himself. Abbas Akhavan works with ancient and natural materials, and he will join us in a conversation about the sculptures he has created at Mount Stuart.

3 September

Lyon and Turnbull with a Sparkling Afternoon Tea

In this afternoon session we will be joined by a Lyon & Turnbull Auctioneers Jewellery expert. A look at jewellery from the Bute Collection will be followed by a historical overview of jewellery. An adequately sparkling afternoon tea (fizz being served) will provide you with the opportunity to have your own jewels valued.

1 October

Reading Aloud: the letters and the library of the 3rd Marquess of Bute, and the making of Scottish History

In the spring of 1887 the 3rd Marquess of Bute read a history book to his daughter Margaret that he had also read as a child. In this talk, Catriona MacDonald, Reader in Late Modern Scottish History at Glasgow University recreates that story-time at Mount Stuart and offers a glimpse of Bute’s priorities in the 1880s when his thoughts were increasingly turning to Scotland’s history and Scotland’s political future.

5 November

The Garden Never Sleeps

Find out what’s happening in the garden in winter and get ready for the new season. Beki Marriott, our Gardens Manager, will showcase what’s still growing at this time and share with people what needs to be done to prepare for next year’s crops.

3 December

Festive Fun

A special date to celebrate the end of the year. Join us for a festive chat, a quiz, some bubbly and canapés.