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About the STA

About the STA

The Scottish Tartans Authority was formed in 1996 as a Scottish registered company with charitable status. We're dedicated to preserving, promoting and advancing Scottish Tartans - their origins, history, manufacture, use and development. You can find out more about us by clicking on the following links. 

Our Board of Trustees

Articles of Association 


As a registered charity, we rely on both private and business members to fulfill our aims. Our key activites include the following;

  • National Tartan Centre - Support the ambitious plans for a National Tartan Centre - working alongside Scottish Enterprise we have undertaken a feasibility study on the project that has recommended that there is a viable future for a Centre that showcases one of Scotland's most potent national symbols. The National Tartan Centre will showcase and promote Tartan as the defining symbol of a nation. 
  • Advocacy and Representation - Our activities are about protecting tartan and the organisations associated with it so that we can all effectively work together to benefit the sector thus ensuring the long term sustainability of those working with tartan
  • The Tartan Collection & Library - The Scottish Tartans Authority maintains the world's largest and most comprehensive tartan database, the most extensive woven tartan archives and an unsurpassed archive of books and documents on tartan and its many strands. As well as the physical archive of tartan samples and costume, our tartan specialists have a wealth of knowledge of tartan design and manufacturing as well as the many cultural traditions, histories of people, communities and events associated with tartan and Highland dress
  • Education - We have an active programme of engagement providing talks throughout Scotland and sometimes further afield. We have delivered talks to schools, community groups and interested parties across Scotland. Drawing on our expertise and fabulous archive of materials, we have enthused and educated groups on our tartan heritage. Please contacts us if you are interested in us giving a talk or workshop to your school or community.  

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As a registered charity, we rely on both private and  business members to fulfill our aims. Joining us offers you many great benefits but perhaps most importantly your membership directly contributes 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.


© Scottish Tartans Authority
Scottish Tartans Authority (Scottish limited company no. 162386), Fraser House, Muthill Road, Crieff, Perthshire, PH7 3AY
Scottish Charity Number SCO24310

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