The Skills for the Future Team

Notman II: This Time, it’s Personal.

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As readers can perhaps gather from the title of this post, a familiar name reared its head from the dark recesses of the Main Store last week: William Notman, a Victorian Edinburgh-based architect, whose collection we had previously spent several weeks sorting, cataloging and re-housing during our time in Collections (for our adventures, catch up here). The boxes we tackled this time around contained probably the most interesting section of any collection – the juicy personal stuff! Prior to this our experience of William Notman had been almost entirely professional, save…read more

A Very Big Collection

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Oh dear, this blog has been a little quiet recently – but with good reason. For the last few weeks we have been completely immersed in the world of the 19th Century Edinburgh Architect, William Notman. The large collection of drawings, sketchbooks, textbooks, building specifications and letters was in dire need of sorting and we were given the task of making sense of it all. The name ‘Notman’ is well-known ’round these parts. Apparently many have tackled the collection in the past but for various reasons – probably just the…read more

A New Collection for RCAHMS

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A few weeks ago Dave and I had our first encounter with real live archive material in the wild. The architectural practice Cullen, Lochhead and Brown had closed its doors after 100 years of business. A team of RCAHMS staff went in to their premises in Hamilton to pack up old plans and drawings to take back to Edinburgh where they will become part of the RCAHMS architectural collections.    Each day for about a week four of us drove out from the Commission to Hamilton to sort through the rolls of drawings and other items. After…read more