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Objects from Historic Environment Scotland's collection are being scanned in 3D as part of the Rae Project. This is a rolling programme to enhance the accessibility and interpretation of the collection and the 336 properties to which they relate. Each of these examples can be explored in detail from within the object record.

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Heads and tails from our past

These coins were found by chance or during archaeological excavations at sites across Scotland. Most are Scottish, English or Irish, but examples from the Continent are also represented. They date from the beginning of Scottish coinage in the 1100s to the British coinage of the late 1800s. They usually feature portraits of the reigning monarch and Latin inscriptions stating their power and divine authority to rule over Scotland, and after the 1707 Act of Union, the United Kingdom.

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Alan Sorrell collection

From the late 1950s the Ministry of Works commissioned the artist Alan Sorrell (b.1904 d.1974) to produce a series of illustrations reconstructing archaeological sites and monuments around Scotland. Working closely with contemporary archaeologists he developed new ways of visualising and bringing these sites to life. His distinctive illustrations became well known in guidebooks, textbooks and site based interpretation.

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Glasgow Cathedral window glass collection

In the mid-nineteenth century the windows of Glasgow cathedral were re-glazed using stained glass designed by The Königliche Glasmalereianstalt (the Royal Bavarian Stained Glass Establishment), Munich. The glass only had a brief period of use being removed in mid-20th century. Over 2,000 fragments are now preserved in the cathedral’s upper gallery.

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