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Waterloo well
Waterloo well

I would like to acknowledge and thank all those who contributed to the project including the organisations and individuals who made it possible by providing me with funding, training, advice, mentoring and encouragement.

This project would have been impossible without the help of my sponsors, mentors, local building owners and other members of the local community.

Special thanks are also due to my family and friends for their encouragement and patience.

The staff of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and The  Millennium Commission for making the award available, providing well organised training and feedback sessions and positive encouragement throughout the project.

The award covered the expenses incurred during the project and paid for the materials and resources needed to bring it to a successful conclusion.

Funaria hygrometrica

Royal Museum
Royal Museum
The Southside Heritage Group

This very active local history group gave me an opportunity to give my first presentation of some of my results.

They proved to be a very appreciative audience and also provided me with valuable information about local history.

The Southsider Newsletter

the Southsider Newsletter published a short account of my project which provided me with local publicity that resulted in some very useful contacts.

Capsule of Bryum capillare
Capsule of Bryum capillare
Members of the Southside Community including the owners and agents of the buildings that I featured in the project.

I wrote to the owners or agents of each of the buildings that I wanted to include in my project and, in almost every case, they provided the necessary permissions as well as positive encouragement.


My mentors for this project, Dr David Chamberlain and Andrew Purves, who provided me with their time, expertise, enthusiasm and encouragement. 

Their assistance was invaluable, especially at the early stages of the project when I was getting to grips with the new subjects of bryology and architecture.

Short biographies of  my mentors follow:

The Golden Boy
The Golden Boy
Andrew Purves

Andrew entered the architectural profession directly from school in 1948
and apart from a brief period of National Service, remained in it until retirement in1995.

After six years study at Edinburgh College of Art, he qualified as an ARIBA, and then took up employment with London County Council.

Later he returned to Scotland to work with Scottish Special Housing then joined a private architects firm. Finally, he set up in practice for himself until his retirement.

A member of the RIAS during his working life, he remains a retired member. Andrew, an accomplished artist, enjoys his retirement by taking an active interest in drawing, painting and environmental concerns in general.

Dr David Chamberlain

David has been associated with Royal
Botanic Garden of Edinburgh since 1966 when he came to Edinburgh University from Oxford with a degree in Bryophyte Taxonomy.

He transferred to the garden in 1971 and became Curator of the Herbarium in 1991, retiring in 2001.

He is a recorder for the British Bryological Society and throughout his time at the RBGE he has been recording for The Bryophyte Flora of the Lothians, which has now been published.

Always an active field worker, David organises, leads and takes part in bryological field trips throughout the year.


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This project was funded by the RIAS Millennium Awards Scheme