A new display at the National Library of Scotland celebrates the construction of the Forth Rail Bridge 125 years ago.
'The Forth Bridge: Building an icon' exhibits items from Library collections to tell the story of the bridge's eight-year development.
Detailed plans, photographs of construction and an original copy of the opening ceremony lunch menu demonstrate the atmosphere of celebration that surrounded the bridge's opening on 4 March 1890.
Among key items in the display are:
- The diary of a tourist who visited the Forth Bridge on his holiday in Scotland in 1890
- Newspaper articles about the opening ceremony, including the Prince of Wales hammering in the final rivet
- Weekly photos of bridge construction during 1886-1887 taken by Philip Phillips
- A photographic demonstration of the cantilever principle using human subjects.
Manuscripts Curator Alison Metcalfe hopes that 'this display will show some of the ingenuity involved in its construction and help to remember the sacrifice of so many who lost their lives when it was being built.'
The display is open daily from 1 April to 21 June, and entry is free.
Read more in our Forth Bridge display media release.
1 April 2015