A Mary Queen of Scots Christmas!

How to make a Mary Queen of Scots Christmas ornament The approach of Christmas, various states of lockdown and the need for indoor-based festive projects has inspired the Mary Queen of Scots Project to launch the Mary Queen of Scots Christmas Ornaments Craft Challenge!

Led by the University of Glasgow's Dr Steven Reid, a Scottish Historian based at the College of Arts and Anne Dulau-Beveridge, Art Curator at The Hunterian, the Mary Queen of Scots Project has spent the past year talking and thinking about Marian objects and the cultural afterlife of Mary.

Now they would like to invite you to make your own Mary Queen of Scots inspired Christmas ornaments!

You can read over some of the past blogs on the MQS project website for inspiration. Feel free to take the challenge in your own direction, or check out the suggestions and instructions here for more inspiration. We are imagining some fantastic crafty ornaments using Billy Grove’s MQS comics or Sally Tuckett’s Victorian Marian fancy dress or perhaps even inspired by the NMS heart locket or harp … the possibilities are endless!

Send photos of your Marian Christmas ornaments (the making process and the results, with your preferred caption and any notes you want to include about the inspiration for your ornament) to alicia.hughes@glasgow.ac.uk by 21 December so that they can feature in a blog post about the challenge planned for 22 December.

If you want to share your results on social media, tag us at @insearchofmqs and use the hashtags #MaryQueenofScots and #Christmas or #Xmas

Please save your homemade ornaments so that they can be gathered next year (when it is safe to do so) and used to decorate the Christmas tree that will grace the lobby of the Hunterian Art Gallery in December 2022 when the University of Glasgow's Marian material exhibition is scheduled to take place.

We envision this as a fun, collaborative legacy of the Mary Queen of Scots Project, which has been so successful, despite the challenges of Covid-19, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Good luck and Merry Christmas!


First published: 8 December 2020

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