Skip to main content

Forth Rail Bridge archive, composed of visitors' books, photographs, and other material

 Fonds — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll-1151

Scope and Contents

This collection appears to have come from the Forth Bridge Office, and the archive is composed of:
2 x visitors books, one dating from September 1883 to September 1889, and the other dating between 1894 and 1901
Various clippings and cards (showing bridge dimensions), drawings of Forth Bridge House, printed pages from Engineering dated 30 April 1943, and a couple of newspapers from the significant dates of Monday 31 December 1900 (end of century), and Wednesday 3 June 1953 (Coronation) both Daily Mail
Copy of Bridge and structural engineers' handbook [...] embodying practice of Sir William Arrol and Co. Ltd, Adam Hunter, 1920
Copy of The Forth Bridge in its various stages of construction and compared with the notable bridges of the world
Numerous loose photographs of the construction of the Bridge
The collection does require some conservation work.

Dates

  • 1883-1953

Content Description

The construction of the Forth Rail Bridge was a defining moment in Scottish history and in Scottish civil engineering. The bridge has become an iconic symbol of Scotland, and it expresses the height of wider British industrial confidence during the Victorian era.

Extent

0.80 boxes