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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 1216399 View of part of W facade of National Library of Scotland, showing carved personifications of History, Creative Writing and Law (left to right), with Celtic motif roundels above, and the Royal Arms of Scotland below. 17/11/1999 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1216400 View of part of W facade of National Library of Scotland, showing carved personifications of Theology (left) and Music (right), with Celtic motif roundels above. 17/11/1999 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1216401 View of S wing of W facade of National Library of Scotland, showing panels carved with the 'Arts of Communication'. 17/11/1999 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1216404 View of N wing of W facade of National Library of Scotland, showing panels carved with the 'Arts of Communication'. 17/11/1999 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1216405 View of entrance to Scottish Poetry Library, showing 'Text Intervention'. 22/8/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1216406 View of glass panel 'This House, This Poem', on mezzanine in Scottish Poetry Library. 22/8/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1216407 View of sculpture 'By Leaves We Live', outside entrance to Scottish Poetry Library. 22/8/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1216408 View of Scottish Poetry Library foundation stone, on wall supporting external steps. 24/3/2003 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 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 1214980 View of panel carved with the horoscope of Sir Alexander Napier, on wall to left of front door of Lauriston Castle. 13/11/2003 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1214984 View of 'Anagramme Tablet', on wall to left of front door of Lauriston Castle. 13/11/2003 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1214985 View of sphinx, one of two flanking drive beside gate house of Lauriston Castle. 13/11/2003 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1214991 View of heraldic lion, one of two on gatepiers of garden stores of Lauriston Castle. 13/11/2003 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
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1216417 View of heraldic panel, one of two either side of entrance to 42 St Andrew Square. 10/9/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1216418 View of capital of column carved with birds and foliage, ground floor of 4 St Andrew square. 10/9/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1216419 View of keystone above entrance to 5 St Andrew square. 15/5/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1216420 View of carved margents, between fourth floor windows, 5 St Andrew square. 15/5/2002 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1216421 View of coat of arms above entrance to 8 St Andrew Square. 15/5/2002 Item Level

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