Telford in Alness Academy In association with RCAHMS
In 2007, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland organised 'Telford in the Highlands’, a schools project aimed at celebrating both Scotland's Year of Highland Culture and the 250th anniversary of the birth of the great Scottish civil engineer Thomas Telford. It was our privilege to work with RCAHMS in Alness Academy. The following slides show student work in progress.
Laura, Lewis, Andrew, Miss McD and Annie use detailed and outline maps to plot the locations of Telford's work across the Highlands The Telford workshop at Alness Academy looked at the Telford bridge in the town (which is still in day-to-day use) and investigated the social and architectural changes which have happened in the town since Telford built the bridge in 1810. Our students mapped buildings in the town which have survived from the nineteenth century and before, and also mapped the main changes which have happened in the town since.
Using large-scale copies of the First Edition Ordnance survey map of Alness, and comparing these with current maps to plot changes in the town since the late 1880's. Mapping Change
Working on large-scale modern maps, the pupils begin to see some of the areas of the town which have changed since Telford's time. The map takes shape
The location of Telford's other main bridges in Scotland were also mapped, to show the range of his work in the Highlands and elsewhere. Telford in Scotland
Telford's bridge over the Averon was built in 1810, but it is still in daily use today, carrying far heavier - and far more - traffic than Telford could ever have imagined. Alness Bridge
The quality of Telford's work can be seen in this close up of the careful stone shaping in the bridge's archwork. Alness Bridge - Detail