Scotland has many treasured places, from the magnificent Forth Rail Bridge to the changing landscape of the Western Isles. Our feelings towards these places are as unique as the experiences that formed them. These connections breathe life into a place, make a house a home, turn a bridge into a journey and mark a monument as a place of peace.
To celebrate its centenary in 2008, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) is exploring the nature of these personal connections and encouraging debate on what we treasure from the nation’s diverse built heritage.
From September 2007 until April 2008, RCAHMS worked with people across Scotland to explore their local area through a series of creative workshops that also opened up their imaginations to the potential of our archive. Basing activities around significant local places or relevant topics, artists encouraged participants to develop their creativity by delving into the RCAHMS collections.
This exhibition celebrates these workshops. A selection of finished art works are showcased, along with sketchbooks illustrating the story of each workshop and inspirational images from the RCAHMS archive. The originality and quality of the art works highlight the creativity and enthusiasm of everyone who took part.