National Records of Scotland

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Exhibition Resources

Exhibition Resources

The resources on this page are free to use and explore different topics represented in National Records of Scotland (NRS) archives. These mini-sites were originally produced for NRS exhibitions and provide information, images and other content created from primary sources in NRS records.

Take me to the online Prisoners or Patients resource

‘Prisoners or Patients? Criminal Insanity in Victorian Scotland’ was a partnership exhibition between National Records of Scotland and Professor Rab Houston of the University of St Andrews. Originally on display in August 2019 for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this mini-site takes the stories of the criminal ‘lunatics’ featured in the exhibition, and examines the personal histories of crime, recovery and release recorded in the archives. It includes images of key records, audio excerpts and a free-to-download version of the exhibition for educational purposes.