The Great Tapestry of Scotland Threads West

A community collaboration of Weaving Musical Threads, Paisley Thread Mill Museum and West College Scotland created an exhibition space in the Atrium of the Anchor Mill to bring the Great Tapestry of Scotland to Paisley. Display structures and accessories were made locally to museum quality by students at West College, and will remain a legacy of the project. The exhibition was staffed by a team of over 70 friendly and helpful volunteers who welcomed people to the exhibition and helped look after the tapestry.

From 3 May to 8 June 2014, over 18,500 visitors attended an exhibition of the Great Tapestry of Scotland in the Atrium of the Anchor Mill, Paisley.

This extraordinary work of art tells the story of Scotland’s history from the Ice Age to the reconvening of Parliament. At 143 metres long and created by 1,000 stitchers this is the world’s longest tapestry and one of Scotland’s largest ever community arts projects.

Mr Marcus Dean of Abbey Mill Business Centre and the residents of Anchor Mill very kindly allowed the Atrium to be used as an exhibition space. The atmosphere, light and space in the atrium made it the perfect venue to view the tapestry in all its entirety.

We also very much appreciate the support of our sponsors: Abbey Mill Business, Centre Awards for All Scotland, Coats plc, First Glasgow, Homecoming Scotland, Intu Braehead, McGills, Morrisons, Paisley Thread Mill Museum, Phoenix, Print & Copy it, Redblu Graphics & Display, Ross and Liddell, Scotrail, The Co-operative, The Great Tapestry of Scotland, The Gryffe Advertizer , The Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, The Worshipful Company of Weavers, West College Scotland and Weaving Musical Threads.