Animating architecture - an experiment in accessibility?

  • 1pm

  • Adam House, Adam House Lecture Theatre
    3 Chambers Street
    EH1 1HT


‘Loudoun’ is an experimental film aimed at presenting historical sources with minimal alteration from the primary materials. Its subject is architecture and landscape design in Scotland c1700. It opens with scripted live action sequences filmed at Lennoxlove House, East Lothian. Based on the true story of Lord Loudoun and Lord Mar, aged 11 and 15, we see them design a garden at Loudoun Castle in 1690. Animated sequences are used to illustrate themes and supply additional historical detail including readings of original documents. Later sequences include archival drawings, intercut with eighteenth- and nineteenth-century maps and plans and aerial photography to illustrate the characteristics and survival of four formal layouts, including Loudoun Castle, in the contemporary landscape. The specially made costumes, props, specially selected and performed music, interiors give enhanced context.


Margaret Stewart is a lecturer in Architectural History in ESALA. She is currently exploring the possibility of using film, animation and other media to communicate to wider academic and non-academic audiences the complex origins and survival of architecture and landscape design in Scotland c1700.

Glen Shepherd is a 4th year Film & TV student at ECA. He has produced and directed, as part of his course work, films on historical themes including Border Reivers and Fishwives of East Lothian. Currently a cinematographer on ‘Loudoun’.

Peter Hagis is a 3rd year Animation student at ECA, currently animating the early eighteenth-century architectural drawings of the earl of Mar for the film ‘Loudoun’.

Part of the 2017/2018 ESALA Research Seminar Series. Free and open to all.