Drummond Collection Integration Project
The trainees have just finished their integration projects. The integration project is an opportunity for collections and education trainees to work together to deliver a project using a collection from RCAHMS. Collections trainees John and Holly and Education trainee Annie were assigned an album of drawings by James Drummond.
James Drummond was a 19th century artist and antiquarian who drew a large number of archaeological and architectural sites throughout Scotland. In 1861 Drummond published Scottish Market Crosses. Many of the drawings from this publication can be found in the Drummond collection. We decided to focus on drawings of mercat crosses for our integration project as sites at the heart of communities which are often overlooked.
Alongside cataloguing and digitising the drawings we carried out an outreach activity to make the collection accessible to a wide and diverse audience. This took the form of a market stall at Crieff and Elgin; sites where Drummond had drawn market crosses. The stalls held information on RCAHMS, copies of drawings by Drummond, postcards of mercat crosses, a map showing local sites that can be found on Canmore and an information board on the relevant mercat cross. We actively engaged with over one hundred people across the two sites, many of whom were previously unaware of the RCAHMS.
A new Collection Highlights Gallery showing a wide range of drawings by Drummond has been made available on the RCAHMS website: http://www.rcahms.gov.uk/collection-highlights/james-drummond-collection. A Scran Pathfinder Pack giving more information on mercat crosses is now available on the Scran website: http://www.scran.ac.uk/database/record.php?usi=005-000-008-047-C&scache=3s1tt3psrt&searchdb=scran.