Light To Shine On Drumlanrig Castle To Celebrate 200 Years Of Royal Highland Show

The Royal Highland Show is marking its 200th anniversary with a series of immersive storytelling installations across Scotland which will animate and project its rich history onto historic landmarks and buildings including Drumlanrig Castle near Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway.

Taking place over 4 weeks in March, The Royal Highland Show Illuminated produced in association with Turcan Connellwill project expressive imagery, woven together with never-before-seen treasures and untold stories from the Show archives, onto historic and other buildings across Scotland,  

Royal Highland Show organisers, the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), hope the sensory events will raise awareness of the Show and highlight its positive impact on Scotland throughout the years.  

The installations, which are free to attend, will feature a 5 minute long visual history of the show, told through animations, images, films and archive footage. They will take place in eight locations around Scotland, from Dumfries & Galloway to Inverness, referencing how the Show would tour the country annually before it settled permanently at Ingliston in 1960.  

The Royal Highland Show is a key moment in both Scotland’s events and agricultural calendar – these installations will showcase its wide-ranging impact and influence over the last two centuries while looking to the future of both the Show and the Society. 

RHASS Chairman Bill Gray commented: 

“To celebrate the bicentenary of the Show, we wanted to do something special. The Royal Highland Show Illuminated is the perfect way to give back to regional communities and the RHASS membership across Scotland and herald the return of the Show. 
“After two long years without a full Show, we are going all out to make the 200th anniversary Royal Highland Show the best one yet. The events will see a powerful and poignant portrayal of the Show’s value and importance to Scotland’s communities.” 

The project has been produced in association with Turcan Connell. 

Alexander Garden, Chairman of Turcan Connell said:  

“Turcan Connell are proud to be involved in this creative project celebrating the bicentenary of the Royal Highland Show. We have been supporters of the Show for many years, and as 2022 also sees a big anniversary for our firm, being our 25thyear, the opportunity to become involved in Illuminated as part of the Show’s 200th anniversary seemed rather appropriate. We are very much looking forward to being part of this specially curated project and seeing the animations on historic buildings throughout Scotland.” 

The Royal Highland Show Illuminated will take place at eight locations around Scotland in March. More information can be found at:  https://www.royalhighlandshow.org/rhs-illuminated/  


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