Exhibitions on during the Congress
There will be 3 major exhibitions on in Edinburgh in September which might be of interest to delegates attending the BSHM Congress.
Bonny Prince Charlie and the Jacobites is at The National Museums of Scotland in Chambers Street which is around 200 metres from the Congress venue at Surgeons’ Hall.
The history of the exiled Stuart dynasty and their supporters, the Jacobites, has held an enduring and romantic fascination for generations, from the writings of Sir Walter Scott to the current Outlander books and television series. Featuring the very best of Scotland’s national collections, alongside treasures from across the UK and Europe, this exhibition presents the wider story of the Jacobites, one which is more layered, complex and dramatic than any fictional imaginings.
Further details here.
A Perfect Chemistry ; Photographs by Hill and Adamson at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Queen Street.
Only four years after the invention of photography was announced to the world in 1839, two Scots had mastered the new medium and were producing works of breathtaking skill in extraordinary quantities. A Perfect Chemistry: Photographs by Hill & Adamson will explore the uniquely productive and influential partnership of David Octavius Hill (1802-1870) and Robert Adamson (1821-1848), which lasted a few short years from 1843 until early 1848. These stunning images, which belie the almost unimaginable technical challenges faced by the duo, are arguably among the first examples of social documentary in the history of photography.
Further details here.
Photographs of the Crimean War, 1855 by Roger Fenton at the Queen’s Gallery which is part of Holyrood Palace and opposite the Scottish Parliament.
This is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on Roger Fenton’s pioneering photographs of the Crimean War, taken in 1855. Fenton was already an accomplished and respected photographer when he was sent by the publishers Agnew’s to photograph a war that pitched Britain, France and Turkey as allies against Russia. Arriving several months after the major battles were fought in 1854, Fenton focused on creating moving portraits of the troops, as well as capturing the stark, empty battlefields on which so many lost their lives.
Published in contemporary newspaper reports, Fenton’s photographs showed the impact of war to the general public for the first time. Through his often subtle and poetic interpretations Fenton created the genre of war photography, showing his extraordinary genius in capturing the futility of war.
Further details here