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Tibbermore Church in Perthshire
Photo credit: Blue Noun

A Visit to Tibbermore Church, Perthshire

Hello ESL English language learners and friends of Blue Noun English Language School in Perthshire!

Today I want to introduce you to a wondrous little local building and tell you how Outlander fans are resurrecting it.

As usual, this blog is written for ESL English learners – and especially anyone building up their English for art and design professions.

Plus, discover how two local artists made use of this remarkable space during Perthshire Open Studios.

 

Tibbermore Church in Perthshire
Photo credit: Blue Noun

About the Architecture

Dating from as far back as 1632, many of Tibbermore Church’s features remain unique.

There are two stained glass windows designed by Oscar Paterson which commemorate women who served in the war.

The church’s raked stone flooring, simple wooden pews and decorative elements – as well as being perfect for shooting Outlander – are distinctive and unusual.

 

Strikingly, the addition of a whole additional north aisle in 1810 (privately built to accommodate the cloth-printing workers in the Ruthven Printfield Company) transformed the church into a very remarkable T-plan.

Tibbermore Church stained glass window (with fisheye filter)
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Outlander | Fever & Fortune

In recent years, hundreds of fans have come to Perthshire since Tibbermore Church featured in one of Outlander’s most iconic scenes.

If you watch it, its the place where central characters Claire and Geillis are put on trial as witches in Season 1, Episode 11.

Here’s a clip for anyone who’d like a reminder.

Posted on Youtube by Sony Pictures Television

Thank You Fans!

These visitors come from all four corners of the globe, and particularly from the US, Germany, France and Belgium. Outlander Fever must burn bright in these lands!

Most remarkably, the financial donations made by visitors, in addition to money from the company behind the show, has enabled the Scottish Redundant Churches Trust to undertake £70,000 of critical roof repairs and preserve the structure of the building, saving this wonderful church of significant historical importance.
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“[I think churches are] precious arks that have come down to us in the past, from the past, and which contain within them important seeds of learning for our civilisation and communities.”

Geoffrey Cox, Conservative politician, 2019

English Language School Trip | How to Arrange a Visit

Tibbermore Church remains closed and access to the church can be only be arranged with the local keyholder. 

(We are happy to arrange this for our English language School guests!)

The future of the church remains uncertain as its community usefulness remain limited due to the church having no heating,  lighting, power and running water.

 
Still, Tibbermore Church is once more benefiting from investment and attention again, thanks to a modern-day pilgrimage of Outlander fans delighting in seeing it.


Recently, it has once again become a wedding venue.

 

This year, it is also a venue for Perthshire Open Studios and Perthshire Open Doors festivals, hosting ceramicist Sarah Blackie and silversmith Duncan McGregor.

Read on for more information about their work. 

Tibbermore Church interior
Photo credit: Blue Noun

Perthshire Open Studios logo

Artists Show their Artworks 

“At Blue Noun, we’re busy touring Perthshire Open Studios.

Not only do we get to chat to lots of artists about their work, but we also get to visit and explore new parts of Perthshire and get access to buildings not usually open to the public.

Duncan McGregor (silversmith) and Sarah Blackie (ceramicist) are exhibiting in Strathearn’s wonderful Tibbermore Church.

Both these artists are worth seeing in their own right – but this gorgeous wee church was an unexpected bonus.

For Perthshire’s Opens Studios and Open Doors Festival collaboration, as well as seeing some the usual quality art on the art tour, you can explore this lovely old church and many other historic buildings.”

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Free sample English lesson Repurposed Churches Pinterest Screenshot

Duncan McGregor exhibiting in Tibbermore Church and demonstrating some simple silversmithing techniques. 

Photo credit: Blue Noun

Free sample English lesson Repurposed Churches Pinterest Screenshot

Sarah Blackie’s installation in Tibbermore Church.

Photo credit: Blue Noun

Further Reading

Find out more about Tibbermore church here:
 
Find out more about ‘The Outlander Effect,‘ as written by the Dundee Courier here
 
Find the Visit Scotland interactive Outland location map here.
 
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We hope that you’ve enjoyed this blog offering English for art and design.

If so, do let us know in the comments!

We have a whole sample English class around repurposing churches.

It’s written for ESL English learners and ESL English teachers, again, particularly anyone learning English for art and design.

 

 

Sample English Class | Architecture | Old Churches

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A quick note from the author

We began the Blue Noun blog back in 2019, when we called ourselves a ‘language school’ (we now call ourselves a language hub) and we were building up our business completely from scratch.

Our first few months were spent making friends in the community, researching homestay hosts for our language guests and finding out about all the good local places and activities to take our language learning guests.

In 2021 we moved the Blue Noun website to a different platform. We had the option of deleting these old blogs – they are very different form our current, more pedagogic style of posting, but I think they are quite charming to see how our young business grew, turning from a language school run by an artist – into a language hub which really began to focus on coaching artists in English by immersing them in creative environments.