Above Scotland

The National Collection of Aerial Photography

By Dave Cowley, James Crawford

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The landscape of Scotland is full of dramatic contrasts. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland holds the national collection of aerial photography for Scotland with millions of images dating since the 1920s. This work contains images from the collection that illustrate Scotland's past, present and future.

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Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland is a lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland's historic environment. They take on the responsibilities of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments, which has been managing and recording the historic environment for more than a century. Their books deliver wonderfully illustrated and immaculately researched titles to anyone with an interest in Scotland's history and heritage.

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The landscape of Scotland is full of dramatic contrasts. The high, rugged peaks of the Cairngorms look down on the rounded hills of the southern uplands. Wild moorlands run into fertile flood-plains. The coastline ranges from soft sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters to jagged cliffs battered by the fierce waves of the Atlantic.

Aerial photography provides unique and striking perspectives on how the people of Scotland have lived, worked, fought over, worshipped, developed and changed this land, leaving no part untouched or unaltered by human activity. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) holds the national collection of aerial photography for Scotland with millions of images dating from the 1920s to the present day. These photographs - many of which have never been seen before by the public - tell the remarkable story of a changing nation, from stone circles, Roman remains and ruined castles, to the growth of villages, towns and cities, the rise and fall of heavy industry, the country at war and the proud engineering and architecture of the modern landscape.

For the first time in one volume, RCAHMS has brought together the finest images from its collection in a stunning illustration of Scotland's past, present and future.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Historic Environment Scotland
Publication Date 20 Mar 2014
SKU 9781902419879-grouped
Number of Pages 224

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See Scotland as you have never seen it

A wonderful illustration of Scotland's past, present and future.

The finest aerial photographs of Scotland.

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