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Aerial image of Woden Law Iron Age hill fort dusted by snow. Photo courtesy of RCAHMS.

Woden Law Iron Age hill fort

Treasured Places

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) is holding a centenary exhibition of Scotland's treasured places showcasing the cream of their collections of Scotland's buildings, archaeology and industry.

Some of Scotland's national treasures are on display in a major centenary exhibition organised by RCAHMS.

'Treasured Places' is moving around the country and is free to all.

Wool dyeing for tweed at Ardhasaig, Harris. Photo courtesy of RCAHMS.

Wool dyeing for tweed at Ardhasaig, Harris

The exhibition reflects the lives of people of Scotland from earliest history to the present day - within the places we live, work and gather represented by powerful drawings, photography and aerial images.

Rebecca Bailey, Head of Education and Outreach, RCAHMS, says:

"A sense of belonging is increasingly important to people and this is an exhibition about people and their place, and a reminder that our collection has something for everyone in every part of Scotland."

Exhibition highlights include stunning aerial photographs such as Woden Law in the Borders, intricate survey drawings such as a Pictish cross at Glamis, architectural drawings, survey photographs and historical photographs such as the 1901 International Exhibition at Kelvingrove, Glasgow. Over 180 drawings and photographs will be on public display, many for the first time.

Design for Cumbernauld Shopping Centre in 1960s. Image courtesy of RCAHMS.

Design for Cumbernauld Shopping Centre in 1960s

Also featured in the exhibition are the top ten treasured places in Scotland voted for by the public. The winning image of Lady Victoria Colliery in Midlothian will be shown alongside a specially commissioned poem about the colliery by Valerie Gillies, Edinburgh Makar.

Deirdre Brock, Edinburgh City Culture leader describes the collection as being:

 "of huge national importance...not to be missed by anyone with a love of Scotland."

Scouts hard at work

Scouts hard at work

RCAHMS are also running 'Creative Connections' touring exhibition in conjunction with Treasured Places. Artworks inspired by RCAHMS collections have been made by community groups and the exhibition is showcasing the community artworks. The exhibition is currently running at Benbecula Airport and will move to Lanark Library on 4 November before touring various venues round Scotland.

More information on Treasured Places, Creative Connections and the work of RCAHMS can be found at

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