Mapping out stronger links between Poland and Scotland

The newly restored Great Polish Map of Scotland and a 3D model of the monument have been unveiled.

The 3D model, which has been created by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), highlights the cultural links between Scotland and Poland and will be presented as a Scottish contribution to the Polish independence centenary celebrations in November this year.

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During a visit to the map’s site at the Barony Castle Hotel in Eddleston, Ireneusz Truszkowski, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh, said: “We are delighted to be able to officially unveil the restored Great Polish Map of Scotland in the same year in which Poland is celebrating its 100th anniversary of regaining independence.

“The map has a great potential and I hope it will be used also for educational purposes that will benefit current and future generations of Scots and Poles, increasing the understanding of our common history.”

The 3D scanning of the Great Polish Map of Scotland has been undertaken by HES and it involved creating a detailed recording of the map using laser-scanning, digital photogrammetry and high resolution image capture.

“We are very pleased to have collaborated with partners to digitally document the Great Polish Map of Scotland, particularly as we celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage,” said Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES.

Scotland’s Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop at the unveiling of the refurbished Polish Map of Scotland

Scotland’s Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop

“The 3D model of this unique site showcases our cutting-edge digital documentation work, and how this technology can be used to bring history to life.”

Scotland’s Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop described the map as a fine example of Scotland’s ties and friendship with Poland.

“This restored version of the map and its digital model further strengthen the long-standing cultural connections between our nations and highlight our shared history and heritage,” she said.

“As we prepare to celebrate the centenary of Poland regaining its independence, we hope the 3D model will contribute to raising awareness of the strong bonds between Scotland and Poland.”

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