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Mac alumni launch photographic archive

Alumni of the Glasgow School of Art have launched a site which hopes to crowdsource a photographic record of the Mac’s interior

The website was launched as a response to the tragic fire which ravaged through the 1909 Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed building last month and hopes to ‘document the building for posterity’.

The website’s creator, Lizzie Malcolm, said: ‘A current Google search will return a myriad of images of the exterior of the building. However, it is the intention of this website to concentrate on gathering a comprehensive record of the interior, from the people who have used it since its completion in 1909.’

She added: ‘Both myself and co-creator Daniel Powers also have a keen interest in information, both in the way it is made available, and the way it is gathered and maintained. I hope the project will uncover images that would never have been seen otherwise, as well as being a place for people to share their memories of the Mackintosh building.’

Those who add their photos to the archive, which includes images dating back to 1909, can tag them with the floor and room in which the photograph was taken which in time will allow a photographic map of the building to be created.

The fire which hit the Art Nouveau building on 23 May destroyed the iconic Mackintosh library, but firefighters were able to save most of the structure and around 70 per cent of the building’s contents.

Last week it emerged that the cost of repairing the Grade A-listed building could reach £35million and take up to four years.

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