Scottish Parliament building hosts exhibition exploring Jacobites' international legacy

Rare chance to see historic artefacts from University of Aberdeen in Rebels With A Cause: The Jacobites and the Global Imagination exhibition

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The Scottish Parliament building hosts an exhibition of historical pieces from the University of Aberdeen's Jacobite collections for the next month.

The exhibition, which shows until the 8 Jan, is titled 'Rebels With A Cause: The Jacobites and the Global Imagination' and sets out to encourage people of all ages to learn about the history and legacy of the Jacobite movement, whilst taking in some world-renowned Scottish history - and within in the building that modern day Scotland’s future is determined. Admission to the exhibition is free.

The exhibition, within the iconic parliament building at Holyrood, will be displaying artefacts illustrating the international aspect of the Jacobite rebellion and its influence in France, Italy, India and America. Pieces on display include engravings, portraits, examples of Jacobite propaganda and music from the Jacobite songbook. A rare letter written by Bonnie Prince Charlie from exile in France will also be one of the key exhibits. Contemporary literature will also be on display to show the current image of Jacobites.

After the Battle of Culloden - the final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising - many Jacobites were forced into exile abroad, and this exhibition aims to show the extent of the influence they went on to exert in their adoptive countries, as well as the journeys made to their new lives.

As well as the exhibition itself, public events will be running alongside it, also for free. Events include curator's talks, storytelling sessions, and music and craft activities for children.

Rebels With A Cause: The Jacobites and the Global Imagination, until Sat 8 Jan 2011.

Rebels With A Cause: The Jacobites and the Global Imagination

A fascinating display of materials and historical artefacts from the University of Aberdeen's Jacobite collection intended to foreground the international aspect of the movement's legacy and the influence that Jacobites forced into exile after Culloden came to have in France, Italy, America and India. The exhibition…

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