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.