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Newspaper's digital archive sheds light on farming history

Published on 10th August 2015

The Scottish Farmer - photo archive“A definitive record of farming through the ages in Scotland” aptly describes the outcome of a project to convert to digital format thousands of negatives from The Scottish Farmer newspaper’s archive accumulated over the past Century.

The archive records major shows, sales, farm profiles and important political events and is being held at Scotland’s Museum of Rural Life at Kittochside near East Kilbride. The project has been sponsored by SRUC, Scotland’s rural university college.

 “In its 122 year history, The Scottish Farmer has built up a reputation for photographic excellence, recording the iconic moments in our proud farming history,” says editor Alasdair Fletcher. “No other paper has captured our landscape, countryside and livestock on film in such vivid detail – and now those fragile negatives have been brought back to life in digital form.”

The archive was launched with a 16-page commemorative supplement in The Scottish Farmer dedicated to the Royal Highland Show and over subsequent months the collection will be illustrated by a series of part works.

All pictures are now available view and purchase online through the publication’s website.

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