National Records of Scotland

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Events, Talks and Visits

Events, Talks and Visits

Please note that we have postponed our onsite events, talks and workshops and closed bookings until further notice and we hope to reschedule them for a future date. However, we are pleased to announce the virtual events listed below.

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Online Public Talks

7 July 2022, 5.00-6.00pm
Mapping the Scottish Reformation: Using technology to discover Scotland's past
Michelle D. Brock, Associate Professor of History at W&L University. Dr Christopher R. Langley, Reader in Early Modern History, Newman University 

This talk introduces attendees to Mapping the Scottish Reformation, a database of the Scottish clergy that allows users to explore and visualize clerical careers between the Reformation Parliament of 1560 and the Revolution in 1689. Built from manuscripts held at National Records of Scotland, this project harnesses mapping technologies to chart the growth, movement, and networks of the Scottish clergy during and after the Reformation. Our website allows users to trace where ministers were educated, how they moved between parishes, their age, their families, their disciplinary history, and more. Mapping the Scottish Reformation aims to be a key starting point for anyone interested in the ministers and their families—figures at the center of the most important events in Scottish history who left unusually detailed archival footprints. Join us to learn about the project and how digital methods can provide exciting new ways of examining and understanding the history of religious change, social dynamics, political conflict, and more!

Places for this talk can be booked via Eventbrite.
3 August 2022, 5.00-6.00pm
Geordie; or, 'tis two hundred years since
Professor Viccy Coltman, University of Edinburgh, History of Art

This illustrated lecture by Professor Viccy Coltman (History of Art, University of Edinburgh), marks the bicentenary of the royal visit of King George IV to Edinburgh in August 1822. Drawing on material from her most recent book, Art and Identity in Scotland: A cultural history from the 1745 uprising to Sir Walter Scott, (Cambridge University Press, 2019; paperback, 2021), it considers the King’s infamous sojourn to the Scottish capital in terms of its preparations, its progress and its aftermath. Particular attention will be given to archival accounts Viccy identified in the National Records of Scotland collection and via the National Register of Archives for Scotland. The title of her talk alludes to Waverley; or ‘tis sixty years since, Walter Scott’s Jacobite novel published in 1814. Scott, as is well known, was the pageant master for the royal visit which offered a spectacle of reconciliation between the descendants of former Jacobites and their Hanoverian monarch.   

Places for this talk can be booked via Eventbrite.


National Records of Scotland’s (NRS) Outreach and Learning department supports learning for all age groups. Our Services for Schools are designed to support the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and National Qualifications. NRS staff can also provide specialist talks to interested groups.

If you have any enquiries about our services, please contact: [email protected].