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WATCH: Historic ‘Rose Window’ reassembly begins at Inverness Castle Experience


By Federica Stefani

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The Rose Window is being reassembled in a new metal framework.
The Rose Window is being reassembled in a new metal framework.

Works are underway to restore an iconic Inverness feature which is set to become a focal part of the Inverness Castle Experience development.

The Rose Window, originally crafted in 1867 and a once prominent feature on Academy Street in Inverness, is now being reassembled after restoration works and is set to become a focal feature within the castle when it opens to the public next year.

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The delicate process of reassembling the window began with carefully cataloguing and conserving each piece. Each stone must be perfectly aligned to recreate the frame for the window's intricate glass design, which demands technical skill and expertise. Local stonemasons have painstakingly cleaned and repaired the stone frame fragments, ensuring that each piece is ready to return to its original position.

Once the stonework is in place the next phase will be for the glass specialist to reassemble the stained-glass panels in situ, ready for the designers to bring the window to life.

Cllr Ian Brown, Leader of Inverness City and Area and Co-chair of the Inverness Castle Project Delivery Group, said: “The reassembly of the ‘Rose Window’ is not just a technical achievement; it's a celebration of our cultural heritage. This restoration allows us to honour the craftsmanship of the past while ensuring that this magnificent piece can be enjoyed by future generations."

Financial support towards restoring the Rose Window was given by Inverness Common Good Fund, the Rotary Club of Inverness and other Rotary clubs across the Highlands.

David Haas, Highland Council’s senior community development manager for Inverness and South, said: “The Inverness Castle Experience, set to open to the public next year, will offer visitors a unique opportunity to witness the Rose Window in all its restored glory. It is a very exciting time to see it being pieced back together and being so lovingly restored.

Colin Munro, president of the Rotary Club of Inverness, said: “Highland Rotarians were thrilled to be able to set aside a significant sum in the centenary year towards the restoration of the Rose Window and involved several other clubs across the Highlands. Seeing it all come together, piece by piece, in its new home is very exciting.”

The Inverness Castle project is part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal, which is a joint initiative supported by up to £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and University of the Highlands and Islands, aimed at stimulating sustainable regional economic growth.


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