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Heroes and Heroines: The Victorian Age

13 May 2017 – 31 May 2019
Scottish National Portrait Gallery Edinburgh
For this exhibition, which is on display for 2 years, was inspired by a theory set out by the Victorian philosopher, historian, essayist and teacher Thomas Carlyle in his book On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History in 1841. He focused on the importance that individuals have on history. In the more than 175 years since Carlyle was writing, his ‘Great Man’ approach has been challenged and largely abandoned. But that’s not to say the idea of heroes and role models aren’t still important to our understanding of our nation’s past. There are all sorts of Scottish people involved: soldiers, scientists, inventors, artists, writers and women who fought for women’s voting rights.
Entry> Free

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