National Records of Scotland

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Events, Talks and Visits

Events, Talks and Visits


Public Talks

18 April 2023, 5.00-6.00pm, New Register House, In-person
Counting the People: in search of the 1921 Scottish Census staff

Dr Tristram Clarke (formerly National Records of Scotland) 
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A group photograph of a team of card-punchers, clerks and clerkesses is the starting point for this exploration of the remarkable stories of the officials who worked on the 1921 Census. Who were these men, women and girls, what did they do and what can they tell us about Scotland in the aftermath of the First World War? 

Through research in the National Records of Scotland and through ScotlandsPeople, their stories are beginning to emerge, but some still remain a mystery and are only known by a surname and initial. Can you help identify them?

This talk will last approximately 35 minutes, with time for questions at the end. 



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.

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