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Aerofilms pictures show Scotland’s aerial past

The Paddle Steamer Prince Edward cuts through Loch Lomond in this image from July 1948. Picture: Contributed

The Paddle Steamer Prince Edward cuts through Loch Lomond in this image from July 1948. Picture: Contributed


THOUSANDS of striking and unique images taken from the skies of Scotland in the first half of the twentieth century have gone on display.

In our photo gallery: Glamis Castle, The Meadows in central Edinburgh, Loch Linnhe near Glencoe, Melrose Abbey, the Singer sewing factory in Clydebank, and the RMS Queen Mary.

The Aerofilms archive, acquired for the nation in 2007, includes around 100,000 images taken between 1916 and 1953.

Now the archive is being made available to the public in a variety of formats.

The Aerofilms shots can be viewed online, with the public urged to add information and share their memories of the images.

An exhibition of the images is set to tour the country later this month, and a new book, ‘Aerofilms: A History of Britain From Above’, brings together some of the iconic images of the collection and tells the story of the people behind the photos.

The book was written by Allan Williams and James Crawford of Scottish conservation body RCAHMS alongside English Heritage’s Katy Whitaker

 

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