Be a Building Detective!

Is there a building in your area that you’ve always been curious about? Want to find out more?

Here are some resources that may help:

To find out more about the building:

To see information on a map:

  • Explore Scotland’s Historic Environment via modern, historic, aerial and data maps using PastMap
  • The National Library of Scotland has a large collection of maps that can be searched by place name.

To find old photos of the building:

  • The Virtual Mitchell service by the Mitchell library enables the user to search for historic photos of a particular location.
  • Scran aims to provide educational access to digital materials representing our material culture and history.

Here are some things to think about when considering the significance of a building:

  • Look at the building on its own and in its context
  • What is it made of? Where did the materials come from?
  • When was it built? What else was built at the same time? Is this building similar or different?
  • Who designed it? What else did they design in Glasgow?
  • Are there details on the building eg. carved decoration?

Happy investigating!

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