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Abbey Through A Lens

8 August 2007

Arbroath Abbey is getting ready to strike a pose once more as Historic Scotland launches its annual photography competition.  Local education and community groups are being invited to get behind the lens and take part in this popular project, now in its third year.  The project will involve photography and darkroom workshops led by professional photographer, Malcolm Thomson.  All entries will then be displayed in a special exhibition in November 2007.

Arbroath Abbey Photography Project was developed in 2005 through consultation with local education groups and interested individuals. Proving a real success, one of the aims of the project is to encourage new learning opportunities and support groups in using their local heritage in an interactive way.  The fabulous medieval stonework and the abbey grounds provide many potential sources of photographic inspiration.

Alison Muir, Education Officer at Historic Scotland said: "We are excited to be launching the Arbroath Abbey Photography Project and would encourage all groups interested in taking part to get in touch.  The project not only gives a fascinating insight into the world of photography but also the abbey itself, as groups are encouraged to take a closer look at the architectural features of this magnificent landmark.  It is a great chance to adopt a new hobby as well as discover a lot more about Scotland’s heritage."

Prizes will be awarded for the best work and an exhibition of all finished work will be staged in the visitor centre at Arbroath Abbey in November 2007. The photography and darkroom workshops are due to take place in September and advanced booking is essential. Any group wishing to take part should call Historic Scotland education unit on 0131 668 8793.

Notes for editors
Arbroath Abbey is in Arbroath town centre on the A92. Telephone 01241 878756.  Admission is £4.50 for adults, £2.25 children and £3.50 concessions.

The Abbey was founded in 1178 for monks of the Tironensian order by King William the Lion.

The Abbey is famous for its connection with the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath in which Scottish nobles swore their independence from England. The visitor centre features an exhibition on the declaration.

The Arbroath Abbey Photography Project was originally developed in consultation with local education and community groups, and is organised by a ‘working group’ made up of representatives of various local interests.  The Project aimed to highlight the Abbey as a learning resource for local groups and the medium of photography provided an excellent opportunity for participants to learn a new skill while interacting with this magnificent ancient building.

Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae.

Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959