New Exhibition Explores Aesthetic of Scotland’s Industrial Past


A new exhibition showcasing the visual impact, drama and power of Scotland as an industrial nation will go on display at Verdant Works Museum in Dundee from Saturday 30 June.

Industry + Aesthetics features survey photography of industrial sites which forms part of the National Record of the Historic Environment, which is maintained by Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

The images shine a spotlight on Scotland’s industrial heritage, capturing aspects from the everyday to the exceptional, the marginalised, the ignored and the undervalued.


The photographs were chosen for the exhibition as a result of a crowd-sourcing exercise, which invited participants to look at the images and choose which words, feelings and emotions were conjured up by each.

Miriam McDonald, Industrial Survey & Recording Projects Manager at HES and curator of the exhibition, said: “The purpose of this exhibition is very much to capture those first emotions that grab us all when we look at an industry for the first time."

“Within the images on display you can sense excitement, sadness, awe, poignancy, pride and danger. As part of my job I have the privilege of visiting and researching the extent of our industrial nation, and Industry + Aesthetics is very much a celebration of this heritage.”

Industry + Aesthetics will be on display at Verdant Works Museum in Dundee until Sunday 30 September 2018, before heading to the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine later in the year. Entry to the exhibition is free.

Get more information about Verdant Works Museum, including admission prices for the museum.

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