Welcome to the Learning section of the National Records of Scotland (NRS) website, which promotes the use and understanding of archives by teachers, pupils and learners of all ages and stages of learning.
Following the advice from the UK and Scottish Governments to help delay the spread of Covid-19/Coronavirus, we have postponed our onsite events, talks and workshops and closed bookings until further notice. We hope to reschedule these for a future date but our top priority at this time is public safety and the wellbeing of staff.
In the meantime, you can engage with the online resources accessible via this page. If you have any enquiries about our services, please contact: [email protected].
Services for Schools
Our Services for Schools are designed to support Curriculum for Excellence and National Qualifications in the form of workshops and online resources for Scottish primary and secondary schools.
We are a partner in the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) and have contributed to their website which contains an education micro-site that offers four modules designed to support learning and teaching of Scottish social, economic and political history.
Hall of Fame
Palaeography is the study of older forms of handwriting. It is important for anyone who wants to read historical records written in Scotland before the 19th century. We offer three kinds of learning:
- ScottishHandwriting.com offers practical tuition in palaeography for historians, genealogists and other researchers who have problems reading manuscript historical records written in Scotland in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries
- evening classes in Scottish Handwriting 1500-1700 (about which see our events, talks and visits page)
- 'Scottish Handwriting 1500-1700' a self-help pack published jointly with the Scottish Records Association which can be purchased from our shop.
For more information on the above, see our Palaeography page.
We have been making the archives of Scotland available through our publications since the early 19th century. Whether you are studying history or reading it purely for your own pleasure, our range of publications can help bring the past alive.
Talks and visits
Would you like to visit NRS or hear a talk by a member of staff? Find out how to organise or participate in events, talks and visits.
Outreach and Learning Strategy
This strategy describes NRS' Outreach and Learning services. We set out to connect and engage everyone with Scotland's history, heritage and culture. Together we can learn about and be inspired by Scotland's people, places and history and inform present and future generations.
Download a copy of our Outreach and Learning Strategy (115 KB PDF).