Scotland's hidden photographic treasures go online


By Michael MacLeod

A HUGE slice of Scottish photographic history has been uploaded onto the internet in a bid to share the nation’s history with the world.

Over 2,000 previously archived pictures were posted onto the Flickr photo-sharing website by the National Library of Scotland yesterday (TUESDAY).

The formerly hidden treasures include the last letter of Mary Queen of Scots, World War One photographs and an image of the chilling order for the massacre of Glencoe.

Library bosses decided to post the pictures online using Flickr’s Commons licence, meaning anybody can use them for non-commercial purposes.

A further batch of 1,000 photographs will be added by the NLS before the end of the year.

Gill Hamilton, the NLS systems librarian, said: “This is a fantastic resource for the general public.

“There are no known copyright restrictions on Flickr’s The Commons photos, so everyone has access to use these images for non-commercial purposes.

“Flickr Commons is a great way for the National Library of Scotland to share its photographic collections with the world and we’re looking forward to adding to our Flickr Photostream throughout the coming year.”

Pictures of Scotland’s cities dating back to 1840 were posted on the site by the National Galleries of Scotland earlier this year.