Spring 2023 Magazine
AHSS Magazine Spring 2023 is now available online
This issue tackles various subjects relating to agricultural and rural architectural heritage.
Victoria Collison (Historic Churches Scotland) and Sarah Pearce (a well-kent face among
AHSS members and now Heritage Trust Network’s Development Officer for Scotland),
discuss the closure and sale of church buildings. With so many Church of Scotland buildings now
surplus to congregations’ needs – especially in rural areas – what uses can they fulfil? As part
of a church’s reinvention, fixtures and fittings may need to be removed. The question of what
happens to pipe organs, many of great cultural importance, is explored by Alan Buchan, from the
Scottish Federation of Organists.
Michael Cowen’s article on high farming in Dumfries and Galloway examines three very
different sites from his perspective as a farmer. They range from the ostentatious ‘Coo Palace’ at
Corseyard Farm to the highly practical Wallets Number One Sale Ring in Castle Douglas, still in
use today as a cattle mart.
Hazel Johnson reviews the proposed Agriculture Bill in relation to the built environment. She
highlights its impact on future agricultural policy and how an approach that links heritage, Net
Zero targets, nature, and rural communities’ needs would be beneficial.
The ‘Spotlight’ in this issue focuses on the Jacobean Corsetry building on Glasgow’s Virginia
Street. An independent researcher, Mark Dougan, proposes a new timeline for the site,
.suggesting its origin was domestic rather than commercial. Further, could its design be a rare
example of Sir John Soane’s work in Scotland?
Plus, book reviews, activity reports from Historic Environment Scotland, Heritage Trust Network
and Community Land Scotland, as well as reports on our casework. https://www.ahss.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/Spring-2023-AHSS-Magazine-web-spreads.pdf
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