New exhibition explores aesthetic of Scotland’s industrial past at Irvine’s Scottish Maritime Museum

 Industry and Aesthetics on display at Scottish Maritime Museum until February 2019

A new exhibition showcasing the visual impact, drama and power of Scotland as an industrial nation will go on display at Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine from Thursday 1 November until Sunday 17th February.  

Industry and 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 & Record 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 and Aesthetics is very much a celebration of this heritage.”

Matthew Bellhouse Moran, Assistant Curator at Scottish Maritime Museum, said: ““The Scottish Maritime Museum is excited to host ‘Industry and Aesthetics’. As a museum of Scotland’s shipbuilding industry we have worked hard to share the historical value of our collection, and it is wonderful to be part of a project that shows not only how integral industry is to Scotland’s heritage, but to challenge expectations and show how that heritage can be a source of artistic creativity.”

Industry and Aesthetics will be on display at Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine until Sunday 17 February 2019. Entry to the exhibition is included in the admission price.

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HES’s extensive archive spans a vast range of buildings, archaeological monuments and industrial and maritime sites, to give an unparalleled view of Scotland’s past. For more information, visit