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Ken Thomson: The Wallace Sword Returns To The Wallace Monument

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One of Scotland's most treasured national icons, the legendary Wallace Sword, has been reinstalled in its home at The National Wallace Monument following a period in secret storage. The 5ft 4in sword has been moved from a location shrouded in secrecy where it was guarded 24 hours a day and has been reinstalled at the Monument by renowned historian and weapons expert Dr David Caldwell. The sword has once again become the centre piece of the Monument's artefacts, as it takes up residence in The Hall of Heroes. As the sword is considered to be an irreplaceable national treasure, during the tower's refurbishment, it was kept under guard in an undisclosed location.

The sword returns as a comprehensive refurbishment of the Monument is completed. The recent refurbishment of the Monument includes the use of an illusionary technique with mirrors and reflective glass to make characters appear and disappear in the presentation of a new film in which Wallace and Andrew de Moray discuss the Battle of Stirling Bridge, reflecting on Scotland's victory and the country's future. The battle was a turning point in Scottish history as it marked the start of Scotland's successful campaign for independence, ultimately achieved after the Battle of Bannockburn which is commemorated by its 700th anniversary this year.

The National Wallace Monument, which is one of Scotland's year round attractions, draws over 110,000 visitors every year and will be open again to visitors from 10am on Saturday 5th April.

William Wallace led the Scottish rebellion against Edward I in 1297 and inflicted defeat on the English army at The Battle of Stirling Bridge. He is remembered as a Scottish patriot and national hero.

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