Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds Hello. My name is David Forsyth. I’m a Principal Curator in the Scottish History and Archaeology department here at National Museum of Scotland. It’s my pleasure to welcome you to this MOOC, this massive online learning course, which over the next three weeks, we’re going to look at Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites, mirroring the exhibition of the same name at the museum. Hopefully, through this course, through the MOOC, you’ll discover the rich story of the Jacobites, the complexity of the story, but looking at it through the material and visual culture. The story is much more, though, than just Charles Edward Stuart not born in Scotland but born in Italy on the 31st of December 1720.
Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds It’s about a story of around 200 years. It starts with the exile of James VII and II to France in 1688 and goes right up to the death of Charles’s brother Henry Benedict in 1807. Through the next three weeks, you’ll discover wonderful rich objects; objects with stories, objects with secrets, objects which speak of loss, rebellion, risings, and loyalty.