Inverness Victorian Market & Academy Street Heritage Photography Project

This month I took part in two heritage projects here in Inverness, to record parts of the city, namely Inverness Victorian Market and Academy Street.

These are part of a community engagement programme to generate digital content for a mobile website or app focused on Academy Street. This, in turn, is part of an overarching project to regenerate Academy Street.

The first project was to re-create old photographs of Academy Street, to document how things have changed. So we took photos from as close as possible to the original spot at a similar focal length (to try to recreate the same image); we also presented a modern take on the image and then made the image look old/aged like the original.

Below are four of those pictures. My reproductions, taken in June 2017, on the top row, the originals below. This is followed by a gallery of the other photographs I took around Academy Street, which in turn is followed by a gallery of images of the Victorian Market here in Inverness:

Academy street before and after

Bottom row of four pictured sourced, with thanks, from Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

Academy Street Gallery

The History of the Inverness Victorian Market

There are 41 shops, including two cafes in the Inverness Victorian Market.

Note: At one time Inverness had open-air markets. In 1876 the Town Council built a covered market which was destroyed by fire in 1889 and rebuilt two years later in 1890-91. The original sandstone entrance in Academy Street still remains. If you look closely, in one of the images in the gallery below (of Ginger Accessories), you will see that the rebuilt included fewer, larger arches than were there originally (pre-1890). Note too – the ornate Victorian cast-iron and wooden-domed roof of the victorian market; you can see a picture of this here along with many other historic records of Inverness and The Highlands on the ambaile website.

Victorian Market Gallery