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A History of Scotland's Cities

11 January 2012

Unique archive imagery from RCAHMS is featuring in a series of supplements produced in partnership with the National Library of Scotland and The Scotsman newspaper.

From intricate seventeenth century sketches and eighteenth century town plans, to pioneering Victorian photography and modern aerial survey imagery, the material from the RCAHMS National Collection is being used to produce visual timelines of the history of Scotland’s major cities and towns.

Highlights from the Collection being reproduced in the supplements include an engraving of the Great Fire of Edinburgh from 1824, original architects’ drawings of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and museum from 1892, Victorian photography of Aberdeen Harbour from 1880, imagery of the aftermath of the 1879 Tay Bridge disaster; and an unexecuted design for the Wallace Monument from the 1860s.

The supplements, which also feature maps and town plans from the holdings of the National Library of Scotland, are being given away free with copies of The Scotsman this weekend (Saturday 14 January). The series starts with Edinburgh, then follows with Glasgow in Scotland on Sunday on the 15th; Aberdeen, Inverness and Dundee on the 16th; Perth and Stirling on the 17th; and finishes with the Borders on the 18th.

You can browse and buy all the imagery featured in the supplements – plus a lot more – in our series of galleries on the history of Scotland’s cities and towns.