Welcome to Our Linen Stories Tours page, showing our rolling programme of tours across Scotland and beyond.
This year we are delighted to present Scotland’s first Flax and Linen Festival in collaboration with communities across Fife.
Events registration via our Journeys in Design Eventbrite channel.
Exhibition: Our main Festival Exhibition takes place in Stocks Carpets, a former Linen Works, Links St Kirkcaldy.
Walks: A new series of Heritage and Design Walks throughout the county, mapping linen stories with local experts and enthusiasts
Open Doors: Special entry to Artists Studios, Silverburn Park Flax Mill and Auchtertool House Gardens with related displays
Zoom Roundtable: ‘Think Global, Grow Local’, Scottish and International participants invited to explore shared flax cultures
Twilight Talks: ‘Making Well with Heritage’, our panel and audience engage on well-being and culture
Festival Encounters: A series of informal encounters with experts and enthusiasts throughout Scotland and further afield
Our Journey to Date
After research and liaison with key allies in Scotland, visiting centres in Holland, Belgium and N.Ireland, Our Linen Stories launched in Leith in May 2018.
Our rolling Tour programme is set out below by location, commencing 2018, adding further tours, the most recent on top. In 2019, we retraced our steps to say thank you to the many communities and local people who had contributed. We also began to develop our Flax Futures programme of legacy initiatives with key allies. We brought the programme together at the end of 2019 with an Exhibition and Events series in Edinburgh. We managed a Pop Up during Lock Down, thanks to Kirkcaldy Galleries and R Space Lisburn.
In 2021, Journeys in Design is delighted to present Scotland’s first Flax and Linen Festival, taking place in venues across Fife. Our main Festival Hub, Exhibition and Talks are in Kirkcaldy, with satellite events in Ceres, Strathmiglo, Falkland, Markinch, Auchtertool, Leven, Dunfermline, Burntisland and Inverkeithing. Programme details on our Events page.
With the first presentation of our core stories we began an extraordinary journey, gathering local tales from around the country and beyond, hearing stories of art, design and industry and celebrating contemporary design in each region, evolving our exhibition and archive en route. We are deeply grateful to all those who have added to our journey and look forward to continuing with you in the months to come. Please visit our News webpages to read more about our Flax Futures and if you like, to offer any Linen Stories of your own.
Please enjoy our Journey in Design. With each location, we offer details of new displays curated and community events produced local to each of our chosen venues. We are very grateful for the support and skill of the teams who collaborated so generously at each venue.
Our Linen Stories continues in Scotland this year with a focus on Fife. We look forward to linking with our Linen neighbours in N.Ireland in 2020, on mainland Europe in 2021 and to following flax routes to North America in 2022. Our Events page gives details of all our latest programmes.