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Recording Scotland

HC106, Red Row, Limekilns by Alan Ian Ronald

The University of St Andrews holds the Pilgrim Trust Recording Scotland Collection of artworks. The Recording Scotland project was launched in 1942 as an extension of the Recording Britain Scheme. It was designed to produce employment for artists during the Second World War, and create a permanent pictorial record of a Scotland thought to be at risk from bombs and growing industrialisation. The pictures, by artists including Stewart Carmichael, Robert Eadie, Andrew Archer Gamley, Alan Ian Ronald, David Foggie, John Guthrie Spence Smith, James Wright, Charles Oppenheimer and Samuel Peploe, range from castles, churches and the Clyde docks to village streets, fishing ports and cityscapes of Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Recording Scotland Collection constitutes an important visual archive of Scotland around 1940.

The Recording Scotland collection was presented to the University of St Andrews in 1952 in tribute to Sir James Irvine, Principal of the University of St Andrews (1877–1952), who was the Chairman of the Recording Scotland Committee. The Recording Britain collection is held by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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