23 October 1995
New Tartan Authority
Scottish Tartans Authority launch
23 Oct 1995
Launches at Aviemore, Scotland and Stone Mountain, USAThe following information was supplied prior to the event in the form of a coloured brochure. A report on the days proceedings will appear in due course.
An IntroductionIn recent history the unique national heritage of Scottish Tartans has neither enjoyed the representation to the public, nor the celebration internationally, that it so richly deserves.
As a result, a group of concerned and likeminded individuals, scholars, researchers, people active in the tartan weaving and distribution industry - and others - has formed to address the situation and bring energy and vision to this important cultural opportunity.
SupportWith the support of the the International Association of Tartan Studies (also known as the Tartan Educational & Cultural Association in the USA) whose membership includes leading tartan scholars in Scotland and elsewhere, a new all-encompassing body is in process of being set up with the following objects:
To study, record, stimulate research and educate the public about the origins, history and development of Scottish Tartans...
Other objects include:
To develop and manage interpretative museums, exhibitions, libraries, lectures etc; to carry out research and training; to arrange and encourage a spirit of commitment in others towards these objects.
The first meeting of the Scottish Tartans Authority...The first meeting of the new authority will take place on 10 January, 1996 at a venue to be announced. At the meeting, the organization with be formally established, subscriptions collected, and thereafter Governors will be appointed by the members.
A new high quality building...Plans have been drawn up for a high quality building of approximately 16,000 square feet, sited close to a main centre of population. Adequate parking will be required as the building will also serve as a tourist orientated Visitor Centre. Specialist Scottish retailers, both large and small, will be invited to occupy selling space on the ground floor.
Information centre...The Scottish Tartans Authority will be found on the upper floor which will contain an audio visual exhibition, space for artifacts, information centre, library, lecture hall facilities and research rooms.
Temporary headquarters...As it is unlikely that the new Tartan Centre building can be completed before the Spring of 1997, temporary headquarters will have to be found for the new Authority so that it's organization can be built up during that initial period.
Staff and advisers...Staff required will include a full time curator and if, as intended, registration of the Authority can be obtained fom the Museums and Galleries Commission, a curatorial advisor will also be appointed.
It is intended that the services of the best obtainable freelance advisers both in tartan and highland dress will be engaged to guide and assist the new organization in its development stages and thereafter.
MembershipFor those interested, an application form for membership is available.
No commitment is required by applicants as all will receive notice of the Inaugural Meeting in Glasgow on 20 January 1996 together with details of membership formalities.
ANNUAL FEES for 1996/67 Individual membership £15 US$;25 Family membership £20 US$;35 Group membership £60 US$;100
Group membership will be open to Companies, Partnerships, Trusts, Societies, Associations and Clan Societies. An application has been made for charitable status which will be confirmed before subscriptions are collected.
BY JOINING NOW YOU CAN BE A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THIS EXCITING NEW DEVELOPMENT. YOU WILL THEREBY CONTRIBUTE TO THE WORK REQUIRED IN RECOGNISING OUR UNIQUE HERITAGE THROUGH A DEMOCRATICALLY MANAGED ORGANIZATION.
Who's Who in the Scottish Tartans Authority
J & H Mitchell WS
51 Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5BU
The Bank of Scotland plc
76 Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5BW
Current address for correspondence and Membership enquiries Mr Blair C. Macnaughton
Balallan, Manse Road, Pitlochry PH16 5EP
Tel: +44 (0) 1796 472746, Fax: +44 (0) 1796 473869
Sponsors and Supporters of the Authority J Alistair Buchan, Lochcarron
Alastair Brown, Ingles Buchan
Michael Cantlay, Hector Russell
David Gosling, Edinburgh Woollen Mills
B A C Macnaughton, House of Edgar
James E Sugden, Johnstons of Elgin
Bill Johnston, Shippack, USA
Dr Phil Smith, PhD, USA
Bob Martin FSA (Scot)
Trudi F Mann, Wick
John R Dalgety, Forfar
Jas D Scarlett, Moy, Inverness
Peter MacDonald, Crieff
C & R Ingles Buchan, Galashiels
Graham Carson of Rusco, Gatehouse of Fleet
John Irving of Glentulchan, Perthshire
Colonel Arthur Lawrie VRD, Glasgow