National Records of Scotland

Preserving the past, Recording the present, Informing the future

Events, Talks and Visits

Events, Talks and Visits

We host a variety of events, talks and visits, including lectures on historical themes and records, introductory talks on family history, school workshops and visits by groups in further and higher education and evening classes in palaeography. The seminar facility at New Register House Dome can be booked for meetings and conferences.

Talks and visits

National Records of Scotland talks programme

All NRS talks and events are free, except for ScotlandsPeople sessions as noted, and they take place in General Register House or New Register House. Please see our location map. Places can be booked during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9.00 – 16.30) via the General Register House Reception on 0131 535 1314, or by following the 'Book Online' links below.

Please be aware, we ask visitors to register for our talks by following the 'Book Online' links below. However due to last minute cancellations there are often additional spaces available on the day. In this instance, any additional spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information call the Reception or email: enquiries@scotlandspeoplehub.gov.uk.

12 December 2018, 24 Doors of Advent
Tours of General Register House and New Register House

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National Records of Scotland provides its public services in two of Scotland’s most important public buildings, General Register House and New Register House. General Register House was designed by Robert Adam and opened its doors in 1789, making it one of the oldest purpose-built archive buildings still in its original use. New Register House was designed by Robert Matheson as the home of civil registration in Scotland and opened in 1861. There will be a small Christmas display and expert tours.

There will be five tours of General Register House* and New Register House, at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:45 pm. Tours will last approximately 30 minutes and must be booked in advance.

*Due to specialist survey work, the Adam Dome is currently closed and we will not be able to include this area on the tours.

14 March 2019, 2.00 - 3.00pm, New Register House
Learning more about ScotlandsPeople

Iain Ferguson, ScotlandsPeople
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Iain Ferguson from ScotlandsPeople will introduce the service and provide some helpful hints and tips for ancestry-hunting on the ScotlandsPeople website.

There will be time given at the end for questions.

 

Talks and visits for groups in further and higher education

We deliver a limited number of specialised talks and workshops for groups of undergraduate and postgraduate students visiting with their tutors to investigate particular topics. Similarly, we can accommodate a small number of visits each year from local history or other specialist interest groups. Such visits are by appointment only.

To make enquiries, please contact: education@nrscotland.gov.uk or telephone 0131 535 1354.

Services for Schools

Our Services for Schools is designed to support the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and National Qualifications in the form of workshops and online resources for Scottish primary and secondary schools.

Evening Class

Archivists from the NRS run evening classes in palaeography on behalf of the University of Edinburgh's Office of Lifelong Learning. This practical course in Scottish Handwriting covering the period 1500-1700 takes place at General Register House.

New Register House Dome Seminar Facility

The New Register House Dome is a unique venue, purpose-built to house the Scottish birth, death and marriage records dating back to 1553. The Dome Seminar Facility can be booked for meetings and conferences.