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Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA), Edinburgh Regional Archive

551 380

Description Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA), Edinburgh Regional Archive

Date 1997 to 2011

Collection Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA), Edinburgh Regional Archive

Catalogue Number 551 380

Category All Other

Scope and Content In addition to the database material available on Canmore, the paper archive of approximately 1500 survey forms and related research documents, and some 4,000 colour slides are kept at HES. Approximately 1500 slides have been digitised and are on Canmore, together with a further 916 digital prints. The range of sculptural works covered is considerable and includes inter alia architectural sculpture, statues, busts, funerary monuments, fountains, coats of arms, artistic ironwork and some pieces inside buildings with public access.

Archive History The PMSA Edinburgh Regional Archive was started in 1999 by Dianne King at Edinburgh College of Art to compile an Edinburgh database that for the first time brought together accurate information on all public sculpture within the city boundary. The work of the project consists of on-site surveys (many carried out by volunteers), historical research, database compilation, and finally the writing of the book, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh. This will be a two-volume work by Professor Ray McKenzie of Glasgow School of Art, who joined Dianne King and the Edinburgh researcher, Tracy Smith, in 2011. Ray McKenzie’s previous volume on the public sculpture of Glasgow was joint winner of the Saltire Society Research Book of the Year award in 2002 and is the only PMSA Scottish volume so far. Since 2001 the PMSA Edinburgh sculpture archive has been based at RCAHMS and the basic information from the PMSA Edinburgh Sculpture database was transferred onto Canmore, the RCAHMS online database, during 2010-11. The PMSA Edinburgh sculpture project has been supported by Eastern Photocolour, Edinburgh College of Art, the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, Historic Scotland, the Hope Scott Trust, The Old Edinburgh Club, the Pilgrim Trust, RCAHMS, and the Scottish Archive Network.

Access Conditions The database material and digitised images are accessible on Canmore. The slides and paper archive are not yet publicly accessible.

Administrative History The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA) aims to heighten public appreciation of Britain's public sculpture, and to contribute to its preservation, protection and promotion. It is a registered charity, which relies on the voluntary work of its members. Its many projects and publications are funded by subscriptions and by the generosity of a number of individuals, institutions and grant-giving bodies. An on-going National Recording Project, begun in 1997, has established a database of sculptures and monuments in Britain, which is freely available on the PMSA website at www.pmsa.org.uk. (However, the Edinburgh database material is currently only available on Canmore.) The national project is sub-divided into regional archives, which co-ordinate the work of partner organisations and institutions, volunteers and paid researchers to carry out survey work, compile a database and produce a regional textbook as part of its acclaimed series Public Sculpture of Britain, published by Liverpool University Press.

Finding Aids PMSA data, images and pdfs are located under Images, Sites and Collections, accessed by entering Public Monuments and Sculpture Association in the Search box on Canmore. To locate the basic PMSA data in Sites, click on Canmore ID, go down to Events and click on the Event ID next to Recording (under Category) and Field Visit (under Type). PMSA data on sites with multiple sculptures, such as the Scott Monument and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, is available in pdf format. In Sites, click on Canmore ID, then Digital Files within the lower box headed Collections, then Catalogue Number, then Download. The digitised slides are in Images, and are also in Collections, along with the digital prints.

Accruals Further accruals are not expected.

Accession Number 2010/16

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/collection/1180560

Collection Hierarchy - Collection Level

Collection Level (551 380) Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA), Edinburgh Regional Archive

Preview Category Catalogue Number Title Date Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1233771 View of Guild of Hammermen arms and inscription panel, above door to 39 Cowgate. 29/9/2001 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1233733 View of architectural detail on Trinity Apse. 13/8/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1233773 View of coat of arms of the Scottish Central Library, above door to National Library of Scotland Department of Administration. 19/8/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1233774 View of Jackson's Restaurant sign, 209-213 High Street / Jackson's Close. 24/9/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1233807 View of cairn on Calton Hill. 30/5/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1233775 View of Canongate Mercat Cross. 16/10/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1233776 View of panel on Canongate Mercat Cross. 16/10/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1233737 View of architectural detail on Trinity Apse. 13/8/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1233678 Detailed view of St Margaret's Well. 21/8/2001 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1233777 View of top of Canongate Mercat Cross. 16/10/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1233848 View of heraldic panel above door of Canmore Housing Association flat, Dalry Road. 8/6/2001 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1233680 View of well. 22/1/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1233738 View of architectural detail on Trinity Apse. 13/8/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1217577 View of detail of top of Holyrood Fountain, showing the four halberdiers at the top, with (from left to right below) Queen Mary, the Earl of Stair, Lady Cranford (with hawk perched on her finger), John Cunningham (Town Drummer of Linlithgow), and Queen Margaret. 16/10/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1233744 View of architectural detail on Trinity Apse. 13/8/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1233745 View of Brass Rubbing Centre sign, Trinity Apse. 13/8/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1217565 View of entrance to courtyard of Palace, showing crowned cupola, reclining female figures and dolphins; a frieze on which are metopes carved with the cypher of Charles II; and the Royal Arms of Scotland. 16/10/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1217566 View of Royal Arms of Scotland, above entrance to courtyard of Palace. 16/10/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1217568 View of Arms of Charles II, in tympanum on E side of courtyard of Palace. 16/10/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1217574 View of Mannerist doorway, S of courthouse of Palace. 16/10/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1217575 View of Holyrood Fountain from SW. 16/10/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1216414 View of sculptures 'Ship of Fools 1' and 'Ship of Fools 2', on top of bookcase in Scottish Poetry Library. 22/8/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1216415 View of coat of arms of the National Bank of Scotland, above entrance to 42 St Andrew Square. 12/6/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1216416 View of wooden doors carved with Scottish coins, at entrance to 42 St Andrew Square. 10/9/2002 Item Level

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