Victorian Scotland

By James Crawford, Lesley M Ferguson Kristina Watson

Format: Hardback

RCAHMS is showcasing images from its National Collection in a remarkable illustration of the Victorian era. From the pioneering work of renowned photographers to never before seen excerpts from private family albums, Victorian Scotland is a window on the lives of the generation that changed the world.

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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 Victorians were the harbingers of the modern age, their society driven by curiosity, a zeal for invention, and an enormous appetite for economic and imperial consumption. The boiler room of the era was stoked furiously, and its frequent combustions produced advances in everything from science and philosophy to industry and architecture.

By the end of the nineteenth century, Scotland was a nation transformed. Glasgow had exploded into the second city of the Empire, the majestic Forth Bridge was celebrated as a wonder of the modern world, and railways had opened the remote Highlands to new industries of leisure and tourism. But for every grand museum or gothic-revival country house, tenements and slums rose in their thousands - overcrowded living for the vast army of workers that sustained the great Victorian machine. Ambition and wealth saw social divisions become ever more acute, producing a society obsessed with class hierarchy.

Now, for the first time, RCAHMS is showcasing images from its National Collection in a remarkable illustration of this landmark era. From the pioneering work of photographers like John Forbes White and Henry Bedford Lemerre, to never before seen excerpts from private family albums, Victorian Scotland is a window into the lives of the generation who changed the world.

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Format Hardback
Imprint Historic Environment Scotland
Publication Date 28 Sep 2010
ISBN 9781902419640
Number of Pages 224

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'Make no mistake, these photographs, reproduced to a wonderful standard, are indeed works of art ... The authors have chosen both their images and their words well ... The commentary adds a further dimension, even for those who feel themselves already familiar with Victorian values and with Scotland as a whole.' 

'A remarkable illustration of the Victorian era'

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