Date lodged: 19 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the Book of Deer being returned to Scotland.
Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 17 April 2018
The Book of Deer is an important part of Scotland’s heritage. The manuscript has long been in the collection of the University of Cambridge Library. By tradition and statute, decisions on cultural collections are made independently of Government. The Scottish Government would however be supportive of any partnerships and collaborations between the University of Cambridge and cultural institutions in Scotland that widened public access to and appreciation of the Book of Deer.