Blaand: Scotland’s National Drink Before Whisky

“Single malt whisky has been produced in and associated with Scotland for more than five hundred years. It has long since been thought of as the country’s national drink and its fibres are intricately woven through the fabric of – particularly – rural life. The word itself is even a derivation of “uisge beatha” – a Gaelic expression meaning, “The water of life.””

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The Bacton Altar Cloth

“Historic Royal Palaces curators have identified an intricately embroidered altar cloth as incredibly rare fragment of Elizabethan dress. The richly embroidered altar cloth, preserved for centuries in a small rural church in Bacton, Herefordshire, has recently been identified by experts as a piece of a sixteenth century dress, which may even have belonged to Queen Elizabeth I herself.

In this video Tracy Borman and Eleri Lynn, the Curator of the Dress Collection describe the significance of the find, what it was like to discover it and what we can learn about Elizabeth I’s court and society.”

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