Telford: Father of Modern Engineering
An exhibition marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Telford, arguably Scotland's greatest engineer. Ran from 2 October to 25 November 2007.
'Telford: Father of Modern Engineering' explores the life and work of Thomas Telford (1757-1834), and the development of civil engineering in general.
Telford's pioneering work
The son of a humble Dumfriesshire shepherd, Telford built an international reputation as a leading civil engineer, due in part to his designs for the Menai Suspension Bridge and the Caledonian Canal.
His pioneering work to open up the Highlands by building roads, bridges and canals was considered to have advanced the country by at least a century.
What you can see
The exhibition is a joint venture between the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and part of a series of celebrations throughout the UK.
On display at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery will be:
- Models and scientific instruments.
Alongside these will be specially commissioned photography by contemporary German photographer Michael Reisch, taken in response to Telford's enduring legacy.
Tuesday 2 October to Sunday 25
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.