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Dr Werner Kissling

Dr Werner Kissling

These photographs were selected by Dr Kissling himself for an exhibition held at Dumfries Museum in 1978, Werner Kissling: A Retrospective. Taken over a period of fifty years, they illustrate the diverse craft, building, and technical practices of people from the Western Isles, Yorkshire, New Zealand, and Dumfries and Galloway.

Now cared for by the museum, Dr Kissling's archive is a valuable record of skills, some of which are still practised today and some of which are only remembered. Dr Kissling's original notes for the exhibition have been transcribed from the back of the photographs and reproduced here, along with information added in 2019 by researcher, Kirsty Kernohan.

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