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10 Dec 2019

Scraps of the past – Violet Brodie’s photo albums: Part I

Written by Lily Barnes – Morton Project Documentation and Digitisation Officer
A single page in a scrapbook album. In the bottom left corner of the page are two oval photographs, showing the Walter Scott Monument and Princes Street Garden, Edinburgh. Above this is piece of pale blue notepaper. This has ‘LUFFNESS, Aberlady, NB’ printed on it in black ink, and three handwritten signatures. In the top right corner of the page is a black and white photograph of Luffness House. Beneath this is a black and white photograph of Mount Stuart, a large stately home on the Isle of Bute. Vines have been painted across the page in green watercolour.
Between 1898 and 1904, Violet Brodie (then Violet Hope) recorded her movements in a series of scrapbook photo albums. Over the next year, we’ll be sharing photographs of these albums so that you can retrace her steps. We begin 121 years ago in December 1898 ...

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