January 16, 2022

Scotland: 14,000 Images Capturing Scottish Life to go on Display Next Year, Collection Will Also Be Digitized

From the Heritage Lottery Fund:

Thanks to players of the National Lottery, more than 14,000 images – capturing a century of life in Scotland and demonstrating the history of photography – have been acquired in a special collaboration between the National Library of Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland.

The collection was put together by photography enthusiast Murray MacKinnon, who established a successful chain of film-processing stores in the 1980s. It includes family portraits, working life, street scenes, sporting pursuits, shops, trams, tenements, mountains and monuments. Until now, it was estimated to be the last great collection of Scottish photography still in private hands.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop: “The MacKinnon collection is one of the most remarkable collections of Scottish photography and an invaluable resource for researchers, students and the wider public.”


A major exhibition of the MacKinnon collection will be held at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery next year, with touring exhibitions around the country to follow. [Our emphasis] The entire collection will also be digitised over the next three years and made available online.

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