We are painting Murals to honour
the memory of our ancestors. They tell the history of the town
of Prestonpans, and of the baronies of Prestoungrange and Dolphinstoun
in particular as seen from the 21st Century. View our virtual presentation of the murals and follow the trail online, including workings completed by Kate Hunter depicting Morrison's Haven and The Salters.
The programme began in earnest after September 2000 when Karl
Schutz, Originator and Architect of the Chemainus Mural project
and the founder of The Global Association for Arts Tourism, visited
the Barony with Doris Bucklin from 29
Palms California, to explore twining the two areas in an exploration
of what Arts Tourism might have to offer for Prestoungrange. The
Barony has since joined the Global Association and will host its
Global Conference in 2006.
Chemainus was a saw mill town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia,
which faced no future when its MacMillan Bloedel mill closed.
But it refused to die, and created the concept of telling the
town's history on outdoor murals by leading Canadian artists ..
and the tourists came to see. Today the small town is a byword
for self help in the face of adversity. And in 2000 it opened
its own theatre club as well. During March and April 2001, field
visits were made to Chemainus,
Katikati and Bowen
to see directly the outcomes and to meet the people who had achieved
so much. Since then, a myriad of visits have followed.
Jim Cursiter completed a further outstanding mural on The
Beam Engine at Prestoungrange, 3 in the 21st Century series
and was followed in succession by The Village Saltworks, The Potters
and Transportation. From July 23rd 2003 The Lord Mayor's visit
from Gothenburg Sweden is celebrated with a further mural depicting
John Muir and the Goth's founders. And summer 2003 saw two further
murals from a youth group and the local school.
Intriguingly, in the 18th Century, a major mural was created
to commemorate the life of the 8th Baron of Prestoungrange, Lord
Advocate of Scotland from 1746-1754 - in the wake of the Bonnie
Prince Charlie's unsuccessful attempt to retake the crown form
We have now officially adopted this earliest mural and much more
besides is our well documented Murals
Trail brochure that guides you around the streets and includes
other works of art as well.
The listing of murals continues to grow apace. Full details of
all the Prestoungrange Murals (and hundreds of others around the
world) can also be seen at the Global Association's Search Engine below: