News Updates

Mrs Ross

When we obtain new verifiable information on an image, we will amend the database entry accordingly and announce the fact here.

On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Natal in Cromarty Firth, the SHPA Facebook page publishes newly-discovered Andrew Paterson images of people visiting the site of the wreck by motorboat.

Mini-exhibition on Josephine Tey at the Inverness Museum, featuring the newly-discovered portraits taken by Andrew Paterson in 1929. The exhibition and the photographs also feature that night on the BBC Alba news

After being advised of their discovery, the SHPA collects from Westcroftmore Cottage in Aviemore 24 old Kodak boxes with 3,500-4,000 negatives from the Andrew Paterson Studio, dating c1942-1958. They had been in storage there since 1980.

The first biography of Josephine Tey is published. Written by Jennifer Morag Henderson, it features one of the newly-discovered Paterson portraits of Tey before she became famous.

The Inverness Local History Forum holds a WWI Photographic Exhibition in the foyer of the Highland Archive Centre. It features some of the May Fraser photos of Hedgefield House in 1915. Initially intending to run until 30th November, it was later extended for a few more weeks.

The November issue of Leopard Magazine has an article by Duncan Harley on Peter Anson, featuring a portrait by Andrew Paterson taken c1936.

The book Inverness Through Time is published by Amberley. In their trademark ‘then and now’ format, the book mostly consists of Andrew Paterson images and those of the Joseph Cook Collection (both held by the Scottish Highlander Photo Archive), and the massive postcard collection of Roddy Maclean.

The Lost Inverness Facebook page is launched.

The autumn issue of The North Magazine covers the story of the 100 year old photo album featuring Hedgefield House in WWI in the photographs of Nurse May Fraser. It also pre-promotes the book Inverness Through Time.

On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Loos, there was coverage in The Inverness Courier regarding Joseph Gray, his artworks and letters to Andrew Paterson, and the recently gifted painting to the museum at Fort George.

8,000 images uploaded online.

The SHPA receives a photograph album from Nova Scotia, featuring 150 photos of Hedgefield House taken during WWI when it was in use as a soldier’s hospital. Taken by nurse and amateur photographer May Fraser, the 100 year old album was donated to the archive by her daughter Heather Watts. This is one of many donations and submissions of images that come in each year to the archive.

The Aviva website features an Andrew Paterson image of its old Inverness office in Academy Street (as Norwich Union) on its archive blog pages.

The summer issue of The North Magazine tells the story of George MacLennan, brother-in-law of Andrew Paterson, who was killed at Arras in 1917.

Andrew Chalmers, grandson of Andrew Paterson visits Inverness and the SHPA and donates an original Joseph Gray work and an army recruiting poster designed by Paterson to The Highlanders’ Museum at Fort George, following in the footsteps of his mother and uncles, who decades earlier donated two of the three large battle paintings already held by the museum. A few weeks later, a letter by Gray describing the painting is discovered, giving its title as Loos – Charge of the Highlanders.

The spring issue of The North Magazine announces the launch of the Lost Inverness website featuring the work of Gordon Lynn.

Visit to The Highlanders’ Museum at Fort George by the daughter of Joseph Gray and her extended family. It was preceded the day before by a visit to the Black Watch Museum in Perth where there was an exhibition of her father’s work.

Sister website launched at featuring SHPA images and the artwork of Gordon Lynn.

Exhibition The Art of Joseph Gray held at the Black Watch Museum in Perth, featuring original sketches by Gray once owned by Andrew Paterson, and now of the Barron Collection. The exhibition runs until 11th May.

Three negatives of Andrew Paterson portraits of Inverness author Josephine Tey, taken in 1929 just before she became famous, are discovered in the archive.

The SHPA Facebook page is launched. On a regular basis images from the archive are uploaded with commentary. On the same day the Andrew Paterson Collection Facebook page is launched. Each month sees photographs, artefacts and memorabilia from the archive preserved by Constance Paterson and her son Andrew Chalmers uploaded to the page.

The original photo showcases from both sides of the Andrew Paterson Studio lane way entrance are removed and destroyed. The present company owner had supposedly been instructed to remove them by the Council because one of them was attached to the Victorian Market, a listed building.

The autumn issue of The North Magazine runs a story about the fire that destroyed the Paterson Studio in 1914.

Presentation titled Paterson: Portrait of an artist-photographer given by Adrian Harvey to the Inverness Local History Forum, in the Spectrum Centre, Inverness.

Andrew Marr presents a programme for BBC 2 and BBC Worldwide on the history of Scottish Literature and its relationship to Scottish nationalism and unionism. The final episode examined the life, literary and political efforts of the poet Hugh MacDiarmid, and featured a studio portrait of the poet taken by Andrew Paterson in January 1927.

Presentation by Adrian Harvey about Andrew Paterson’s film Mairi to the monthly meeting of the North Kessock & District Local History Society in Mission Hall, North Kessock. Followed by a screening of the film.

Approximately 4,000 Andrew Paterson portrait negatives of military personnel found stored in Cameron Barracks, Inverness, and returned to the Paterson Collection for digital archiving.

7,000 images uploaded online.

First of a series of colour images from the 1950s-1960s uploaded, part of the James S Nairn Colour Collection submitted to the Scottish Highlander Photo Archive.

A sister site to the Andrew Paterson website is launched about Paterson’s friend, the artist Joseph Gray.

First temporary exhibition commemorating the First World War opens at The Highlanders’ Museum, Fort George. Includes many photographic works of Andrew Paterson and portrait sketches by Joseph Gray, covered in the autumn issue of The North Magazine.

October issue of SSHoP TaLK, the newsletter of the Scottish Society for the History of Photography announces the launch of the Paterson Collection website.

The summer issue of The North Magazine announces the launch of the Paterson Collection website with a double-page spread.

Over 100 images taken by the Andrew Paterson Studio, and held by the Inverness Royal Academy Archive, are digitally scanned and returned to the core Paterson Collection for inclusion in the Scottish Highlander Photo Archive.

The Edinphoto website announces the launch of the Paterson Collection website.

The British Genes and the British Photographic History blog sites announce the launch of the Paterson Collection website.

The new Andrew Paterson Collection website goes online, and the digital interactive magazine Paterson’s Inverness Portraits is published.

Spring issue of The North Magazine runs a follow-up feature on the Paterson film Mairi, marking its 100th anniversary.

Icon Films documentary Brave New Pneumatic World screens on the BBC1 programme The One Show, featuring a Paterson image from the SHPA.

6,000 images uploaded online.

Mairi, Paterson’s silent film from 1913 is screened at Eden Court Theatre as part of The Lost Art of the Film Explainer presentation.

Official opening of the Innes Street Underpass Mural, a project in which several Paterson images of residents of yesteryear are used. The underpass, for many years dark and covered in graffiti, was transformed into an eye-catching mural by the photographer Lynn Robinson. It is 35 metres long and uses 1,008 photographs in the finished piece.

5,000 images uploaded online.

Summer issue of The North Magazine features an article on the Paterson film Mairi, which was filmed on the shores of North Kessock 100 years before and is recognised as one of Scotland’s earliest narrative films, almost certainly the first to be made in the Scottish Highlands.

4,000 images uploaded online.

Biographical research begins on Andrew Paterson.

The Paterson portrait of George Bernard Shaw is discovered amongst the negatives.

Photographic artist Lucy Knott’s re-contextualising project goes online. Using Paterson images, she adds selective colours and manipulates the originals to create something new. Lucy gained her BA within Photography and during her final year at university she focused on bringing archived imagery back to life. By adding her own layer to the prints, she creates a whole new context.

3,000 images uploaded online.

2,000 images uploaded online.

The SHPA is mentioned in the new Chris Paton book Tracing Your Family History on the Internet. The book was publisher Pen and Sword’s fastest ever selling family history title.

Scottish Memories magazine runs a piece on the SHPA.

1,000 images uploaded online.

First contribution from an interested member of the public. Cathie Cowing provides 42 photographs of the Hogg and Fraser families of Gordon Castle.

The Scottish Ancestry blogspot uses one of our images (Mrs Serafton and children) in a piece announcing the SHPA.

The SHPA also gets a mention on the Anglo-Celtic blogspot.

Family Tree Magazine and Practical Family History Magazine both announce the launch of the SHPA in their news pages, and Scottish Memories magazine prints one of our images (the Gilmour children wearing fairy costumes as seen on our ‘Publishers’ page) in a story about Scottish superstitions.

The North Magazine Summer 2009 issue on page 28 has a one-page feature announcing the launch of the Scottish Highlander Photo Archive.