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Museum Talk: Bridgescapes – A Journey Through Scotland’s Bridge Building Heritage By L. Bruce Keith
May 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm£5
Scotland boasts a rich and varied heritage. Its landscape and history combine to provide a legacy of human endeavour, ingenuity and endurance. The diversity of landform has heavily influenced the evolution of Scotland’s communication network, be it to military ends or a product of socio-economic development and industrial expansion. Within that heritage lies a tangible and functional element of Mans Creation -the bridge – linking lands and communities while providing a structural artefact and landscape element that reaches beyond its primary purpose as transport infrastructure. As author John Buchan said: The bridge is a symbol of mans conquest of nature. History social, economic and military clusters more thickly about bridges than about towns and citadels. Bruce Keith authored Bridgescapes in 2017, which is a journey through history celebrating this heritage, finding voice in the challenges to the traveller and the achievements of the engineers and architects in creating solutions as part of the country’s road, rail and canal networks.