'1839-A Gothic Adventure': The Exhibitions at The Dick Institute and Dean Castle Museum

  • The Dick Institute |
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  • Saturday, 21 May 2011 - 10:00 until 13:00

An opportunity to view the two exhibitions at the Dick Institute inspired by the Eglinton Tournament: a re-enactment of medieval joust and revel organised by Archibald Montgomerie, 13th Earl Eglinton. Taking place at his estate in Ayrshire in August of 1839, the event celebrated the Gothic Revival and was atttended by 100,000 participants and spectators. The first exhibition displays twenty watercolours by James Henry Dixon which depict the Tournament. These watercolours were purchased by East Ayrshire in November 2009 with the help of the Art Fund and other bodies. The second exhibition at the Dick Institute gives an historical background to the Gothic Revival in Europe. A visit to a further exhibition at Dean Castle (10 minutes away by car) will follow which examines the history of tournaments.

Venue details

The Dick Institute
1 Elmbank Avenue Kilmarnock Strathclyde KA1 3BU