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Doors Open Day at RCAHMS

On Saturday 25 September from 10am to 5pm, RCAHMS is showcasing historic images from its National Collection in a remarkable illustration of the Victorian era.

Our Doors Open Day event will open with a series of presentations by RCAHMS Head of Collections Lesley Ferguson, focusing on photographs of Victorian Scotland. She will also talk about the work of the amateur photographer Erskine Beveridge, whose stunning collection of 850 glass plate negatives - held at RCAHMS - recently featured in our best-selling book 'Wanderings with a Camera in Scotland'. RCAHMS Architecture, Industry and Maritime Manager Neil Gregory will discuss how and why RCAHMS records Victorian buildings, and there will also be the opportunity to see RCAHMS films and exhibitions.

Visitors will get the chance to take behind-the-scenes guided tours to access the expert knowledge that goes into our survey, photographic and conservation work – but be quick as spaces will be limited.

In our Search Room, visitors can explore fascinating photographs and unique family albums of Victorian people and places, as well as viewing historic and modern images from the National Collection of Aerial Photography, some of them in stunning 3D.

There will be the chance to buy copies of our two new publications a week before they are officially on sale, with a £5.00 discount:

  • Victorian Scotland (RRP £30.00) - one of the greatest showcases of nineteenth century photography of the nation ever published
  • Above Scotland – Cities (RRP £25.00) - the compelling stories of Scotland's six cities told through stunning aerial photography, including a special 3D section

You’ll also be able to purchase framed prints of evocative photographs taken by Erskine Beveridge that featured in a country-wide exhibition in 2010.

For a full list of Doors Open Day activities at RCAHMS please download our programme.