Carnegie exhibition opens at parliament

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AN exhibition about Scots-American Andrew Carnegie, the first modern philanthropist, has opened at the Scottish Parliament.

As well as telling the story of how the industrialist from Dunfermline became the richest man in the world, the exhibition features McBlare, a bagpiping robot designed by Professor Roger Dannenberg of Carnegie Mellon University, and puppets from Sesame Street, which was funded by the Carnegie Corporation.

Holyrood Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick with a bagpipe-playing robot. Picture: PA

Holyrood Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick with a bagpipe-playing robot. Picture: PA

‘Andrew Carnegie: the legacy that changed the world’ tells how the beliefs and actions of one individual resulted in an international legacy of philanthropy and how it continues to shape 21st Century institutions and ideas.

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick said: “Andrew Carnegie’s life is a real ‘rags to riches’ story, which is interesting in itself. Perhaps more interesting however, is how he used his vast wealth to improve society and encourage philanthropy.

“From establishing libraries to supporting education, scientific research and the arts, Carnegie’s legacy has touched many people from all walks of life, and this fascinating exhibition captures that and demonstrates the power of an individual to make a positive impact on society.”

The exhibition runs until January 25.