Thomas Telford - father of modern engineering
© Frank Boyle.
An exhibition begins next week which celebrates the achievements of Thomas Telford, arguably Scotland's greatest engineer.
'Telford: Father of Modern Engineering' opens at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday 2 October.
Organised jointly between the gallery and the National Library of Scotland, the exhibition is part of a series of events across the UK marking the 250th anniversary of Telford's birth. Among the items on display will be:
- Models and scientific instruments
- Paintings, drawings and manuscripts
- Contemporary images by German photographer Michael Reisch.
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From humble beginnings in Eskdale, Dumfriesshire, Telford rose to become a leading civil engineer. By the time he died in 1834, he had an international reputation. Most of his constructions are still in use today.
His legacy in Britain includes the Menai Suspension Bridge, the Caledonian Canal, and the country's longest aqueduct, at Pontcysyllte. He was also responsible for opening up the Scottish Highlands by building over 900 miles of roads and 1,200 bridges.
The exhibition runs until Sunday 25 November. For further details, see our Telford exhibition page.
27 September 2007
Flood at George IV Bridge building
Accidental damage to a pipe caused a flood at the National Library of Scotland at 23.28 on Monday 10 September.
The incident involved damage to the Library's sprinkler system during refurbishment work being carried out in the front hall of the George IV Bridge Building. The flood was not due to a failure of the sprinkler system.
There is no major damage to the collections and any material that suffered water damage is now receiving conservation treatment.
There was some contained and superficial surface damage to a very small percentage of items but the Library's emergency team responded immediately and, with the help of Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue, cleared the water and safeguarded the collections.
The John Murray Archive was not damaged in any way.
Martyn Wade, National Librarian, said: 'We are fully assessing the impact of the incident but it appears that there is no long term or serious damage. We thank our staff and the Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade for their prompt and effective action.'
Special boxes manufactured by the Library are used to store and protect much of the collection items and these have proved very effective.
10 September 2007