National Records of Scotland

Preserving the past, Recording the present, Informing the future

Learning

Learning

Welcome to the Learning section of the National Records of Scotland (NRS) website, which promotes the use of archives by teachers and learners of all ages.

Services for Schools

Scottish Archives for Schools (SAfS) is our education website designed to support the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and National Qualifications. Visit the Scottish Archives for Schools website for details of our online resources and our Schools Programme of workshops and web conferencing sessions for 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.

For more information on the above, see our Services for Schools page.

Features

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 and plants in the Archivists' Garden related to famous people. The wills and testaments of famous Scots can be browsed in the Hall of Fame A-Z.

Palaeography

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.

Publications

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).