Wednesday 21 November 2012

Above Scotland exhibition in Glasgow

From the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (

A new exhibition at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, created by RCAHMS and Architecture and Design Scotland, is giving visitors a unique bird's-eye view of Scotland through stunning aerial photography.

Titled Above Scotland, the exhibition is showing how, from our islands to our cities, no part of the landscape has been left untouched and unaltered by its people. Through large-scale images from the National Collection of Aerial Photography, visitors can explore the fascinating histories of how Scotland's places came to be.

Speaking ahead of the launch of the exhibition Jim MacDonald, Chief Executive of Architecture and Design Scotland, said "These fantastic photographs give the visitors to the exhibition an understanding of how our country has developed its settlements in response to the landscape and also how people have shaped the landscape to suit changes in the likes of farming and industry. Seeing our places from above invites us to ask questions about how we use places now and how our plans and developments today respond to or shape the landscapes around us."

James Crawford, author of Scotland's Landscapes, a new book published by RCAHMS, said: "Over the past 10,000 years, every inch of Scotland has been shaped, changed and moulded by its people. No part of the land is without its human story. Sometimes, in just one modern photograph, you can peel back the layers of history to show how hundreds of generations of our ancestors have shaped the landscape we look at today."

The Above Scotland exhibition runs until 23 January 2013 in Gallery 2, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU. The exhibition is suitable for the whole family, admission is free, and opening hours are Monday - Friday, 10:30am - 5pm, and Saturday - Sunday, 12 - 5pm.


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