Concrete map of Scotland given B-listed status
September 17 2012
The heritage quango acknowledged the ‘Great polish map of Scotland’ as being the largest topographical relief model in the UK, making a significant contribution to the countries built heritage.
Built by a group of Polish nationals in 1974 the piece was designed to thank Scots for their hospitality to Polish soldiers during WW2 and to commemorate the war effort of expatriate Poles at that time.
Stretching to some 50m in length and 1.5m deep the work at one time held pools of water recreating rivers, lochs and seas on a scale of 1:10,000.
Cabinet secretary for culture and external affairs Fiona Hyslop said: “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.
“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.”
Barony castle served as a college for Polish army officers during the war and was owned by war veteran Jan Tomasik, originator of the map concept, between 1969-77.
A campaign is currently underway to restore the map to its original condition under the auspices of Mapa Scotland.