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About the Project

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) has been awarded a grant of £554,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund 'Treasured Places', a Scotland-wide initiative celebrating the Commission's centenary year.

'Treasured Places' invites the public of all ages to engage with the heart of the Commission's work through a number of initiatives. The first of these was an exciting online vote to find the nation's favourite image of their treasured place. The 100 images were selected by RCAHMS staff of places in Scotland that they treasure. (Please note that inclusion on this website does not guarantee that these sites are open to the public. In some instances the sites depicted may no longer exist, or may not be visible to the public.) All the images come from the extensive collections held by RCAHMS and reflect the broad range of RCAHMS' work from archaeology to aerial photography and cover the length and breadth of Scotland. The vote took place from September to December 2007.


August 2008 - May 2009

From August 2008 - May 2009 a touring micro-exhibition will visit ten venues across Scotland.

A major exhibition of Scotland's 'Treasured Places' will follow in autumn 2008 at Edinburgh's City Art Centre. The exhibition will explore the evolving work of the Commission from conception to the present day, showcasing for the first time original items from RCAHMS' extensive archive collection. Scotland's top ten 'Treasured Places' as voted by the public will also feature.

Both exhibitions will be available online.


In early 2009 an interactive website will be developed allowing the public to contribute information and images on their own treasured places to the RCAHMS national record, creating a legacy of centenary material.