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New Mary Queen of Scots exhibition to launch in Wester Ross

By Philip Murray

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The exhibition is set to launch on March 29.
The exhibition is set to launch on March 29.

The "enduring legacy" of Mary Queen of Scots will be celebrated at a new exhibition which is set to get under way in Wester Ross.

Staff at Pool House in Poolewe are "thrilled" with plans for the new exhibition, which begins on March 29 and will entertain visitors until late October.

Intended as an "immersive experience", it will take visitors on a captivating journey through the life and legacy of one of history's most remarkable queens. From political intrigue to love affairs, triumphs to tragedies, this exhibition offers a unique glimpse into the captivating world of Mary Queen of Scots.

And organisers are promising that the exhibition will not just be "a showcase of artefacts", it is "a journey through time, a tribute to a queen whose life was filled with triumphs and tragedies. From the moment visitors walk through the doors of the exhibition, they will be transported to Fotheringhay Castle, where the essence of Mary Stuart lingers in every corner."

"This exhibition is a tribute to Mary Queen of Scots and her enduring legacy," said Elizabeth Miles, co-owner of Pool House. "We wanted to create an immersive experience that not only educates but also evokes emotions and brings history to life."

The collection of artefacts on show include a chance to an embroidery crafted by Mary herself while awaiting execution, a locket containing a lock of her hair, and examples of gowns and jewellery from her era. The exhibition also features a replica of the beheading block, meticulously carved from a tree that grew on the estate surrounding Fotheringhay Castle during the time of Mary's execution. An original Tudor axe used for beheading adds a chilling authenticity to the display.

The exhibition is being held at Pool House in Poolewe.
The exhibition is being held at Pool House in Poolewe.

"We are honoured to have the opportunity to showcase this private collection," says John White, Private Collector and custodian of the exhibition. "Each artefact holds a story, a piece of Mary's legacy that we have preserved with care and dedication. We hope that visitors will be moved by the experience and gain a deeper understanding of Mary Queen of Scots' enduring impact."

The transformed dining room at Pool House serves as the immersive backdrop for the exhibition.

"Prepare yourself for an experience that transcends mere observation; it is a journey through emotions, a plunge into the depths of history," said Elizabeth Miles. "As you walk through the exhibition, you will be swept away by the emotions that surround you, leaving an indelible mark on your memory and a deeper understanding of Mary Queen of Scots' enduring legacy."

For details about admission fees and opening hours, visit Pool House's website at https://pool-house.co.uk. You can also book your place at https://pool-house.co.uk/mary-queen-of-scots-exhibition.

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