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Culture Minister celebrates post-war-architecture

19 August 2009

Culture Minister Michael Russell paid tribute to Scottish architecture traditions celebrated in a new book focusing on buildings created in the last 65 years today (Wednesday).

Scotland: Building for the Future has been written and published by Historic Scotland.

The Minister said: “It is widely recognised that for centuries the Scots have stayed at the fore of architectural design and craftsmanship and that is as true of our modern buildings as our historic ones. In the post-war years our building styles and materials changed to reflect how our society and priorities had adapted, leaving us with a legacy of ambitious, functional and literally outstanding structures.

“People may disagree about which they personally find aesthetically pleasing, but – rather than detract from our built landscapes – that adds to the debate about what we want our architecture to demonstrate and what we can continue to learn and enjoy about the buildings surrounding us which is what Scotland: Building for the Future aims to encourage.”

During his recent visit to the Western Isles the Minister was able to visit another of the buildings featured in the book, Our Lady of Sorrows church in Garrynamonie, South Uist.

Speaking at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, where he met with people who live and work in the buildings featured in the new book, the Minister also announced that Historic Scotland would be hosting a conference on architecture of this period at the Bonar Hall in Dundee on November 24.

He added: “We continue to have an excellent and enviable record of architecture in Scotland which makes for lively and informed debate about what should and can be done to protect buildings of calibre. In November, Historic Scotland will hold a conference on post-war architecture which will provide an excellent opportunity for those with strong views on the subject to discuss these issues face to face.”

Buildings featured in the book are from across Scotland with the Maggie Centre, Dundee; the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh; Stirling University Principal’s house and Gala Fairydean Stadium.

Individual copies of the book can be ordered from Historic Scotland on 0131 668 8600 or downloaded for free from where there is also more information about the conference.

Notes for editors

  • Of the approximately 47,000 listed buildings in Scotland, around 180 are from the post-war period.

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament. For more information visit

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.

For further information

Lisa Nicholson
Communications and Media Manager
Communications and Media
0131 668 8852 or 07500 065 438