Tuesday, 16 November 2010

The Magic of the Scottish Mountains

 Archive Services' new exhibition on the Magic of the Scottish Mountains was opened by the University Principal, Professor Pete Downes, on Monday 15th November.

View of the exhibition
This exhibition uses material from the University Archives to celebrate Scotland's stunning landscapes and natural environment. Focusing on our relationship with this environment through photographs and other archives relating to mountaineering and hill walking, it is an opportunity for the Archives to publicise its many collections relating to the environment and leisure.

Highlights of the exhibition include the photography of Irvine Butterfield, the records of the Grampian Club, material relating to the University’s own Rucksack Club, the papers of Syd Scroggie, promotional material from the Dundee Mountain Film Festival and 1920s colour stereoscopic slides.

The Principal examining some of the Rucksack Club records

At the launch we were very pleased to welcome representatives of all of the organisations included in the exhibition as well as the partner of Irvine Butterfield. A main attraction at the exhibition are reproductions of Butterfield's striking photographs. A keen mountaineer himself, Butterfield, who died in 2009 and left his collection to the archives, published many books on the mountains of the United Kingdom.

The exhibition runs in the Tower Foyer in the University's Tower Building until 17 December and continues outside the Archives' searchroom.

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