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Britain from the Air opens in Edinburgh

05 April 2013

Following its successful visits to Bath, Oxford and Chatham the popular exhibition, Britain from the Air, has headed north to Edinburgh.

The outdoor exhibition arrived in the Scottish capital on 22 March 2013, and was officially opened by broadcaster and former Royal Geographical Society President, Michael Palin, on 4 April 2013.

The free-to-access street gallery features more than 100 spectacular images celebrating Britain’s wonderfully diverse natural and human landscapes with engaging captions, supporting images and fascinating maps. In addition, eleven specially selected photographs of striking locations around Edinburgh also form part of the exhibition.

A giant walk-on Ordnance Survey map, situated in Festival Square, will again accompany the free outdoor exhibition so that visitors can walk the length and breadth of the country and see for themselves the variety of locations covered in the images.

The exhibition is being brought to Edinburgh – a Scottish first – by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) in collaboration with street gallery pioneers, Wecommunic8. It is being sponsored by the City of Edinburgh Council, Marketing Edinburgh and Essential Edinburgh in conjunction with Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), Edinburgh World Heritage and the Grassmarket BID. Ordnance Survey is also proud supporter of Britain from the Air.

Speaking at the launch event, Michael Palin said: "Scotland has some of the world's most glorious landscapes - from the coast and mountains to the lochs and rivers. It also has an exceptional industrial and architectural heritage. For all these reasons Edinburgh is a perfect host for an exhibition that celebrates the rich geography of our islands."

Cllr Frank Ross, Economy Convener, City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site is the perfect setting for these breathtaking images and the perfect way to see Britain from a quite unique aerial perspective.

“Since arriving in the city, the exhibition has provoked a wonderfully positive reaction from onlookers, who have been marvelling at the images along the length of the three-mile trail. It still has another six weeks to run and, now that the weather is a little less wintry, I would encourage residents and visitors to the city to enjoy it while they can.”

Britain from the Air will remain in the city until 20 May. For further information on Britain from the Air visit the website.

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