10 February 2014

Environmental change and the Sir Edward James Salisbury Archive

Books from the Sir Edward James Salisbury Archive
Environmental change and the Sir Edward James Salisbury Archive

Orphaned for over half a century, the Sir Edward James Salisbury Archive was the point of departure for a thrilling journey through the Scottish landscape and the transformations that it has endured between the 1920s-30s until our days. Photographer and filmmaker Chrystel Lebas undertook this adventure a few years ago after discovering the authorship of a rich collection of glass plates and negatives archived by the Natural History Museum. The images, which belonged to Sir Edward James Salisbury, set the course for a comparative landscape and botanical study focusing on the following areas:

– Arrochar in Argyll and Bute
– the Trossachs National park
– the Rothiemurchus Estate, a privately owned Highland Estate within the Strathspey, northeast of the river Spey, in the Cairngorms National Park
– Culbin Forest, which sits on the Moray Firth between Nairn and Findhorn.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has supported this project as a part of its commitment to a programme of art and science developed by the Natural History Museum.

For more information, you can visit the website of the Museum here.