20 September 2012
The Great Polish Map of Scotland has been granted Listed status by Historic Scotland. ...
The Great Polish Map of Scotland has been granted Listed status by Historic Scotland.
The Great Polish Map of Scotland, a huge three-dimensional map built in the 1970s, has been granted Listed status by Historic Scotland. The map, which is currently undergoing major restoration, is around fifty metres wide and 1.5 metres deep and was created to recognise the contribution made by Polish soldiers to the Allied war effort during World War Two. The structure was built by Polish geographers from Krakov under the supervision of General Stanislav Mazcek, who created the original concept.
Mapa Scotland, the conservation trust which cares for the map, has now secured Heritage Lottery funding to begin conservation work. The group's secretary Keith Burns said: 'Historic Scotland's listing will help us to save the Great Map of Scotland as a part of our heritage links with Poland.
'Along with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the new land owners, we're looking forward to preserving its future security for the benefit of the new generation of young Scots and Poles, and for all who visit this beautiful corner of the Borders.'
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop added: 'This remarkable map of Scotland recalls the sacrifices of our Polish Allies, and I am delighted it will now be protected and secured for future generations through the awarding of listed status.
'The hospitality of the Scots is known throughout the world, and we are honoured that the designers also chose to create this map in recognition of the warm welcome given to Polish soldiers.
'I am hopeful that listed status will raise the profile of the map, and attract the increased numbers of visitors which this remarkable structure rightly deserves.'
For more on the project, visit the Mapa Scotland website.
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