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The Scottish Tartans Authority is a registered charity and the only organisation dedicated to the preservation, promotion and protection of Tartan. On our website you can discover the world of Tartan.

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We are the organisation that is working to deliver - a home for tartan, in the form of a National Tartan Centre. This exciting project is progressing through the development stage following a Feasibility Study and Options Appraisal, which both concluded that a Centre has the potential to be a sustainable attraction that will be showcase for tartan throughout the world.

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STIRLING AND THE NATIONAL TARTAN CENTRE -  Following discussions with a number of location partners throughout Scotland we have decided that Stirling is the ideal location for the home of tartan. With its stunning location nestled below historic Stirling Castle, the city has a proud heritage that includes key historic sites, amongst them; Stirling Bridge, site of the famous battle and the Wallace Monument. However, Stirling is not just about the past as the city has ambitious regeneration plans and the National Tartan Centre is seen as one of the key project's within the masterplan for the city. The city also has historic links with tartan and was the home of the famous weaving firm Wilsons of Bannockburn, who played such an important role in informing our current perception of tartan and its associations with clans. 

If you want to find out more about the National Tartan Centre project please contact Grant MacKenzie, Director - grant@tartansauthority.com

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TARTAN INFORMATION AND RESEARCH SERVICE - Got an unanswered question about tartan?  Why not let us help you and if you join as a member you will get exclusive access to our in-house tartan experts. No one in the world knows more than them and we deal with enquiries from throughout the world and we have one of the most comprehensive resources of everything tartan. 

JOIN US - We are a membership organisation and supporting us offers many great benefits. Ultimately your membership will directly contribute to ensuring that one of Scotland's most treasured icons is maintained for future generations of Scots, both home and abroad. Private members can join from just £20 - click here 


THE COLLECTION  - We maintain a comprehensive collection on tartans including the world's most extensive woven tartan archive and an unsurpassed library of books and documents. We work closely with the Scottish Register of Tartans providing information for the national database. We also champion research and education in the design, history and wider cultural significance of tartan.

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