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The street plan of Perth has developed over the past 1,000 years, driven by buying and selling.

From the medieval craftspeople who gave their names to streets like Skinnergate and Fleshers Vennel (for leather-workers and butchers), to Victorian arcades, department stores, and 20th century retail parks, Perth’s streetscape reflects the changing ways people purchase goods.

The Covid-19 crisis has brought new pressures to city centre shopping, accelerating the decline brought about by economic recession, the growth of online shopping and the development of out-of-town retail parks.

As high streets across Scotland face the challenge of how to appeal to visitors, attract residents and once again become economically viable spaces, this exhibition explores a time when Perth’s streets and shops teemed, and its bars and tearooms bustled.

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