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Winter Gallery

01/12/2010

To help get you in the festive mood we have scoured our eclectic collections to bring you a selection of our best winter images.

Clear winter skies allow the RCAHMS aerial photography team to capture spectacular imagery of Scotland blanketed in snow, from picking out the intricate patterns of the terraced gardens of Drummond Castle in Perthshire, to identifying the earthwork remains of Woden Law hill fort in low oblique light.

RCAHMS field surveyors have recorded a great many churches and religious monuments over the past hundred years creating a fascinating collection which captures the intricacies of religious architecture and iconography, including beautiful examples of stained glass windows and stone carvings.

Our collections also contain a number of rare or unusual images relating to the holiday season, ranging from a Christmas tree balanced in the building site of Hyde Park Cavalry Barracks to a selection of Christmas cards drawn by renowned architects and archaeologists. At the same time, a fascinating glimpse of Scottish winters past is offered by Victorian and early twentieth century imagery drawn from our private photograph album collections.