Connecting new audiences with Scotland’s heritage

The Book of Deer, possibly Scotland’s oldest surviving manuscript, returned to Aberdeenshire for the first time in centuries when it went on loan from Cambridge University Library in 2022. A total of 67,937 visitors saw the manuscript when it was exhibited in Aberdeen. Not only did the loan connect new audiences with heritage but it will leave a lasting legacy of research and community engagement, including a new excavation for the Monastery of Deer, where the book is believed to originate.

Added 9 November 2022; updated 24 April 2023.