Picturing our changing city

On World Heritage Day 2012, we take a look at our World Heritage City through the eyes of someone who lived and worked here.

Dr Gordon Thompson was an astronomer and keen amateur photographer. What makes his work stand out is that in many cases Dr Thompson returned to stand on the exact same spot thirty years later to recapture the scene of his original picture. The results, as you can see below, are fascinating.

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These pictures from the 1960s and 1990s record how much, and in some cases how remarkably little, Edinburgh’s unique urban landscape has changed.

Dr Thompson’s family have kindly allowed us to make digital copies of his original prints and slides to add to our online image library. Pop over to Capital Collections to see more of these photographs for yourself.


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