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Archaeology InSites

Age of Stone
Age of Bronze
Age of Iron
Age of Invasion
Age of Warriors
Age of Worship
Age of Kings
Age of Clans
Age of Industry
Age of Leisure
Age of War
This Age

Age of Leisure

The Age of Leisure explores the pleasures of prosperity. Discover sites that show advances in science and in health, with a meteorological observatory atop the country's tallest mountain and a hydropathic sanatorium on the west coast. Learn about the earliest Tennis Court, and a Bowling and Golf Green's depicted on a rare military map in the Highlands. Study the evidence for the oldest surviving music hall in the world, or investigate the remains of an abandoned Art Deco style outdoor swimming pool on the edge of the sea. Read the story of a railway station that helped take workers away from the daily grind, or learn about the ongoing restoration of a lost Japanese style garden.

Britannia Music Hall - 109-121, Trongate, City of Glasgow

The Britannia Music Hall, also known as the Britannia Panopticon, is the oldest surviving music hall in the world. For over half a century it was quite forgotten, used as a stockroom for the shops beneath until, in the 1990s, volunteers began the long process of bringing a magnificent relic back to life.

Tarlair Swimming Pool - Macduff

Tarlair Swimming Pool is situated in a bay to the east of Macduff on Aberdeenshire’s north coast. It is built in an Art Deco style and opened in 1931 at the height of the outdoor swimming boom. Its popularity continued until the 1970s but with declining visitor numbers and rising maintenance costs, it finally closed in 1995.