Thursday 11th June, 3-4pm
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Extract from Calum Maclean’s online talk, 11 June 2020

In this 15 minute extract Calum explores our building’s site, proportions and highlights some of the fantastic exterior stonework. You can watch the full talk here.

The Academy Street Townscape Heritage project and Inverness Creative Academy presented this illustrated talk from Inverness based conservation architect Calum Maclean. This talk focused on the architectural practice of Ross & Macbeth in Inverness and coincided with the launch of Calum’s new publication ‘The Architecture of Inverness’.  

Alexander Ross is one of the most celebrated architects in the Highlands. During the Victorian period Inverness expanded dramatically and Ross was responsible for designing many of the most important streets and buildings in the city centre including Inverness Cathedral. In 1887 he entered into a long-running partnership with his then assistant Robert John Macbeth.

In this talk Calum explores two iconic Ross & Macbeth buildings; the Inverness Creative Academy at the Midmills campus (formally the home of Inverness Royal Academy) and the Rose Street Foundry/AI Welders building at 96 Academy Street.

Audrey Carlin, Chief Executive Officer at Wasps Studios, said: “This talk is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the long and colourful history of two of Inverness’ most iconic buildings. Wasps is thrilled to be bringing the ‘Midmills’ buildings back to life as Inverness Creative Academy, looking forward to a vibrant future as the Highlands’ first major creative hub.”

Cllr Jimmy Gray, Chairman of the Inverness Townscape Heritage Project, added: “Recently I have been doing a great deal of walking around Inverness Old Town centre and looking up at some of the beautiful buildings we have. I’d encourage others to do the same and this talk is a great opportunity to learn about the Rose Street Foundry and Midmills campus.”

Calum Maclean created the architectural practice MAAC Studio to encourage a wider appreciation of the beautiful historic architecture that is spread throughout the Highlands and his forthcoming book ‘The Architecture of Inverness‘ explores the extraordinary story of Inverness told through its architecture.

Our heritage programme is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and this event was delivered in collaboration with the Academy Street Townscape Heritage Project.
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