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20 January 2020

New exhibition showcasing Scotland as an industrial nation

Industry + Aesthetics exhibition is at Stirling Castle until April 2020

Welding Bench, West Fabrication Shed, Shipyard, Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, 2009

An exhibition showcasing the visual impact, drama and power of Scotland as an industrial nation is on display at Stirling Castle until Sunday 19 April 2020.

Industry + Aesthetics features survey photography of industrial sites which forms part of the National Record of the Historic Environment, which is maintained by HES. The images shine a spotlight on Scotland’s industrial heritage, capturing aspects from the everyday to the exceptional and the undervalued.

The photographs were chosen for the exhibition as a result of a crowd-sourcing exercise, which invited participants to look at the images and choose which words, feelings and emotions were conjured up by each.

Miriam McDonald, Industrial Survey & Record Projects Manager at HES and curator of the exhibition, said:

The purpose of this exhibition is very much to capture those first emotions that grab us all when we look at an industry for the first time.

“Within the images on display you can sense excitement, sadness, awe, poignancy, pride and danger. As part of my job I have the privilege of visiting and researching the extent of our industrial nation, and Industry + Aesthetics is very much a celebration of this heritage.”

Industry + Aesthetics is on display at Stirling Castle until Sunday 19 April 2020. Entry to the exhibition is included in the admission price.

Two photography workshops inspired by the exhibition will also take place in the Green Room at Stirling Castle on Friday 20 March and Thursday 9 April. The workshops are free. 

HES’s extensive archive spans a vast range of buildings, archaeological monuments and industrial and maritime sites, to give an unparalleled view of Scotland’s past. For more information visit the Canmore website.

About Year of Coasts and Waters 2020

The Year of Coasts and Waters (#YCW2020) led by VisitScotland, will be showcased throughout 2020 and celebrated with a programme of events. Activities and ideas will shine a spotlight on the impact our waters have had on Scotland, from the formation of beautiful natural features to the creation of our national drink - whisky.

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