The Digital Imaging Unit has digitised many architectural drawings held in University of Edinburgh special collections over the years. They always present a challenge because of thier scale. They offer a fascinating glimpse of history in relation to many of the buildings in Edinburgh that we are familiar with on a daily basis. I think many of us have a positive relationship with the National Monument more commonly known as the Acropolis on Calton Hill. Its original meaning has been displaced over the years given that it was never completed. It was originally built to commemorate Scottish soldiers fallen in the Napoloenic war and its incompletion became a sensitive subject. It has become a different type of symbol and people have used it as an amazing photographic prop to commemorate all types of important mile stones in Edinburgh life. The Drawings by Playfair, William Henry (b.1789, d.1857) of the National Monument can be viewed in great detail by using the plus and minus buttons in the lower part of the image on our luna delivery page here.
Malcolm Brown Deputy Photographer.