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Architecture in detail: doorways


The third gallery in our Architecture in Detail series showcases an interesting selection of doorways from the Historic Environment Scotland (HES) collections. This series is running throughout 2016 to celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

The first records of doors date back to Egyptian times when they were commonly used in tombs. The Egyptian climate meant that there was little chance of doors warping but elsewhere in damper climates this problem was solved with the construction of doorways to frame the door. Our gallery shows a range of styles from the simple to the ornate taken from many different eras and settings.

Within the National Record of the Historic Environment there is a wealth of material illustrating and recording interiors and exteriors of all types of buildings across Scotland. This includes historic prints and drawings as well as survey photographs from the past hundred years which create a fascinating architectural record.

The collections can be consulted in our Search Room and through our online resources. This includes Canmore where new images and information are added every day through ongoing surveys of Scotland's built heritage, as well as through an active digitisation programme of negatives, prints and drawings.