Press Release: New project to broaden our understanding of the history of Linlithgow Palace
A new archaeological and historical project at Linlithgow Palace and Peel aims to shed further light on the history of the building and the way in which the spaces within it, and around the Peel, were used by the royal court and other occupants through history.
It is hoped that earlier settlement on the site may also be discovered, and experts believe they may even find Roman remains.
The project, is being supported through part of the income generated by Chanel’s Métiers D'Art show, which was held in the palace in December.
It aims to develop our understanding of some of the physical elements of Linlithgow Palace and the Peel as well as to document and interpret the architectural development of the palace over time. Experts hope it will also help them to understand more about how the building was utilised by the royal court.
The project will begin with analysis of early maps, historical records, reports, previous interventions and aerial imagery. A geophysical survey will also be commissioned to assess the immediate environs around the Palace and Peel. This will detect the presence or absence of any buried archaeological remains and will allow archaeologists to build up a 3D picture of them.
A standing building survey – which combines laser scanning and measured drawing - will also be undertaken in parts of the palace. This will help to shed light on the phased development of the building over the centuries.
Linlithgow Palace, one of Historic Scotland’s ten most visited sites, has seen a marked increase in visitors since it hosted Chanel’s Métiers D'Art show last year. This summer alone saw a 36% increase in visitors compared to the same period last year.
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: “Chanel’s Métiers D'Art show was a stunning event which promoted Linlithgow and Scotland on an international stage, and its legacy is on-going.
“I am delighted that ten months after the show, its positive impact is still being felt in Linlithgow. This exciting archaeological and historical project aims to shed new light on the architectural history of the palace, teaching us more about how it was built and developed over time, and how it was used by the royal court.
“The findings will be fed back to visitors via enhanced interpretation at the site – another project which will benefit from the income generated by the Chanel event – giving both visitors and locals a more comprehensive understanding of the history of one of Scotland’s most spectacular attractions.”