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Buildings of the Scottish Countryside

551 405

Description Buildings of the Scottish Countryside

Date 1978 to 1985

Collection Buildings of the Scottish Countryside

Catalogue Number 551 405

Category All Other

Scope and Content The archive comprises record sheets for approximately 23,000 buildings, 1278 black and white photographic films, containing some 38,000 negatives, photographs and contact sheets, together with correspondence, minutes and other papers compiled during the planning, execution and analysis of the project.

Archive History The archive was deposited with RCAHMS by the Countryside Commission for Scotland (also sometimes known as the Scottish Countryside Commission) in 1985. The bulk of the material was previously catalogued as MS 392 before it was recatalogued as part of the Digitisation Project 2017-18. The project's main aim was to digitise the mounted photographs from the collection which had never been available to the public. During cataloguing materials were appraised for duplicates and rearranged.

System of Arrangement The pro-forma record sheets are arranged alphabetically, by pre-1974 county, and within each county, alphabetically by placename. The negatives are arranged chronologically by film number, and reflect the geographical progress of the project, sometimes covering more than one county. Each pro-forma bears a reference to the relevant film and negative number. Mounted prints are arranged by pre-1974 county, then within these groupings, chronologically by film number and frame number.

Access Conditions There are no restrictions upon access.

Administrative History Between 1978 and 1981 the Countryside Commission for Scotland commissioned a survey of the buildings of Scotland's rural landscape. The survey had four objectives: identify and describe traditional building character in Scotland; select local and regional characteristics; derive principles for the design of new buildings; study the problems of converting old buildings for contemporary uses. The survey was carried out by a team of fieldworkers, coordinated by Robert J Naismith, of Sir Frank Mears and Partners. The conclusions were published in Robert Naismith's Buildings in the Scottish Countryside, 1985.

Accruals No further accruals are expected.


Collection Hierarchy - Collection Level

Collection Level (551 405) Buildings of the Scottish Countryside

Preview Category Catalogue Number Title Date Level
All Other 551 405/1 Preparation and Planning 1978 Group Level
All Other 551 405/2 Survey Data Collection 1978 Group Level
All Other 551 405/3 Analysis of Results 1978 Group Level

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