For Immediate release….
TRAQUAIR BRINGS HISTORY UP TO DATE
New Exhibition for 2014
Traquair opens for the season this year with an exhibition on the twentieth century history of the house.
From the early years when the house was used mainly as a shooting lodge; its interesting connection with some visiting suffragettes to the Borders and its tragic family losses during the First World War to its opening to the public in the 1950s, the rediscovery of the brewery, and its development into the major tourist attraction it is today.
The exhibition will include film clips from taken from home movies in the early 1960s, a BBC appearance on Nationwide in the 1970s and an opening sequence from the film Tamlin starring Ava Gardner from 1969.
Traquair is also launching its very own app this year to be used to guide you around the house and grounds, explore the brewery and find out as much detail as you want about the history of the house, the paintings, furniture and objects of art.
It has been created over the past 9 months by GuideMe tours, a Glasgow based company whose recent work has included an app for Kelvingrove Museum.
Clare McLeod commented,
“The apps we are producing at Guide Me Tours are helping heritage properties like Traquair to gain access to the digital market whilst generating an income and as the tour is available on both the Apple and Android platforms they will be able to reach a global audience”.
The Traquair app includes a guided tour by Catherine Maxwell Stuart, 21st Lady of Traquair who has written and researched much of the material. She commented:
“ This is a brilliant additional tool to tell the story of Traquair. Some visitors may use it as an audio tour when they visit the house and overseas visitors who want a flavour of the history if they are unable to visit themselves. It is great to use such new technology in such an ancient house”.
Traquair has also installed a free wi-fi hot spot in the 1745 Cottage Restaurant and for those who haven’t got a smartphone, a tablet can be hired at the Gift Shop ready with the app installed.
Traquair House opens top the public on Saturday 5th April for the summer season and thereafter will be open every day until October 31st. For full details visit the website on www.traquair.co.uk
For any further information please contact Catherine Maxwell Stuart Tel; 01896 830323 or 07734 208356