Culloden Battlefield Banners

In May 2015, the National Trust for Scotland contacted Highland Print Studio, looking for permanent artwork for their education room at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre.

It was decided to create four large wall hanging banners, using artwork from young people of Kirkhill Cubs, Avoch Primary School and Inverness Yong Archaeologists. The groups worked with Culloden Battlefield Learning Officer Jon Wartnaby, John Orr of the Highland Council Countryside Rangers, and HPS Studio Manager John McNaught, to learn about the history of the battle and the battlefield itself.

Three separate themes were explored by the youngsters. The Young Archaeologists studied artifacts in the Visitor Centre collection, sketching their favourite objects. Avoch Primary drew portraits of Royal members of Hanover, Windsor and Stuart, to create family trees. Kirkhill Cubs ‘bio-blitzed’ Culloden Battlefield in search of interesting wildlife, bugs and plants that call it home.

After all their research, their sketches were drawn onto prepared steel plates in the Education Room at Culloden. The plates were then taken to the HPS, where they were etched, inked and printed.

The prints were scanned and imported into Photoshop, as source images to create composite banners, complete with text and interpretive material. Our large format printer in the digital suite printed the final images onto canvas, each banner measuring 1 x 2.5m.

The four banners were installed in the Education Room at the Battlefield. Now everyone who visits Culloden to take part in educational work can be inspired by this innovative use of printmaking.