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Architecture in detail: fireplaces


Let us fire your imagination! Fireplaces is the sixth gallery in a series to celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design in 2016 which showcases architectural details from the collections of Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

For centuries fireplaces have been the heart of the house in Scotland, they were traditionally used for heating the house, cooking food, and drying clothes. Fireplaces could be simple, or they could be highly decorated with tiles and stonework. Our collections contain a wide variety of material relating to fireplaces, and this gallery contains some of the highlights.

The National Record of the Historic Environment at HES includes a wealth of material illustrating buildings and gardens across Scotland, including a wide variety of fireplaces from homes and civic buildings.The collections include historic prints and drawings as well as survey photographs and information 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.