National Records of Scotland

Preserving the past, Recording the present, Informing the future



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.

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.


Find out more about a range of subjects based on research in our record collections in the features section. There is a special series which commemorates the centenary of the First World War.

Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame provides examples of records in our collections. Entries can be browsed in the Hall of Fame A-Z.


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:

  • 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 National Records of Scotland or hear a talk by a member of staff? Find out how to organise or participate in events, talks and visits.

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Education Policy

Our education policy describes the National Records of Scotland archive education and learning services and supports the NRS purpose of “We collect, preserve and produce information about Scotland’s people and history and make it available to inform present and future generations.”

Download a copy of our education policy (PDF, 216 kB).