To commemorate the 434th anniversary of Mary’s death, Steven Reid kicks off a series of articles looking at Mary’s afterlife as a Catholic martyr in material culture.
In today’s blog Emily Hay, an MPhil Scottish Literature research student at the University of Glasgow, looks at the history of wax effigies of Mary, used to educate and entertain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in particular, and at the postcards used to publicise them as Marian ‘artefacts’ in their own right.
In today’s blog Cailean Gallagher, a PhD student in eighteenth century political economy at the University of St Andrews, shares his current research examining Mary’s place in the minds and hearts of Jacobites, focussing on notes made by Sir James Steuart in his commentary on David Hume’s History of England (1759).
Julie Holder looks at the complex and much-revised story of one of the National Museums of Scotland’s most famous Marian objects – the Queen Mary Harp.
David Forsyth (Principal Curator, Modern and Contemporary Scottish History, National Museums Scotland) discusses his experience of curating the last major Mary exhibit in Scotland, in 2013.
In today’s blog, Dr Alison Rosie (Registrar | National Register of Archives for Scotland) examines the surviving accounts of Mary’s clothes and jewels, where they might have come from, and what they might have looked like.
In today’s blog, Dr Anna Groundwater (Principal Curator, Renaissance and Early Modern History, National Museums Scotland) walks us virtually through the Renaissance Gallery, at the National Museums Scotland in Chambers Street, Edinburgh, and reflects on the various Maries we create from objects.
Mickey Mayhew, author of the Little Book of Mary Queen of Scots, gives a brief summary of portrayals of Mary through the age of colour TV and film.
Emily Wingfield (University of Birmingham) looks at the role of prayer books in depictions of Mary, particularly in relation to her portrayal as a Catholic martyr.
In this week’s vlog, Steven Reid looks at Mary’s brief stint as a Disney princess in a short cartoon from 1957, which was nominated for an Oscar.