Historic Environment Scotland (formerly RCAHMS)

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From 1 October, 2015 the name of the organisation will change to "Historic Environment Scotland". Current email addresses will be changing but electronic redirects have been set up to ensure continuity

  • The National Monuments Record of Scotland (RCAHMS) exists to compile and maintain a record of the archaeological and historical environment|
  • Reprographics: digital images, digital print-outs, photographs, full-size copies, photocopies, lasercopies
  • A searchable database, Canmore, includes index to collection items held at RCAHMS. Searchable online databases offer an index to the collection items held at RCAHMS and information on 275,000 buildings and sites, as well as access to 100,000 digital images
  • Three booklets provide information on the work and holdings of RCAHMS, as well as a published Annual Review
  • RCAHMS has been identifying, surveying and interpreting the built environment in Scotland for over a hundred years. Its archive provides unique insights into Scotland' places, documenting how the national archaeological, industrial and architectural environment has changed over time. More than 4.5 million items, including photographs, maps, drawings and documents, are available through the RCAHMS search room. RCAHMS also looks after Scotland's national collection of historical aerial photography
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    Businesses (21)

    Organisations (1)

    Families (1)

    Paper catalogues available to view at The National Archives - (18)

    • NRA 17539 Airth Castle plans
    • NRA 40284 HF Clark, landscape architect: corresp and papers
    • NRA 22832 Coldingham Priory drawings
    • NRA 16188 Corstorphine Parish Church plans, Edinburgh link to online catalogue
    • NRA 18265 Culzean Castle: drawings link to online catalogue
    • NRA 21736 Darley Hay Partnership, architects, Ayr link to online catalogue
    • NRA 22689 James Drummond, artist: sketches
    • NRA 22833 Sir Henry Edward Leigh Dryden, 7th Bt, antiquary: church drawings and plans
    • NRA 18759 Fettes College plans and drawings link to online catalogue
    • NRA 22698 Leitch & Sharpe, consulting civil engineers, Glasgow
    • NRA 19264 Ian G Lindsay & Partners, architects, Edinburgh: drawings of St Mary's Abbey, Iona
    • NRA 20373 National Monuments Record of Scotland: misc accessions
    • NRA 22691 Sir George Gilbert Scott, architect: drawings
    • NRA 44784 John Kenneth Sinclair St Joseph, archaeologist: corresp and papers
    • NRA 19334 Stenhouse Mansion, Dumfriesshire: restoration drawings
    • NRA 16187 Stobo Castle (Peeblesshire) plans link to online catalogue
    • NRA 17569 J Warren: Scottish plans
    • NRA 38185 Whytock & Reid, cabinet makers, Edinburgh link to online catalogue