Here you will find a list of local history resources you can use online. We update this section of our Digital Resources database regularly however if you have any queries you can contact us by emailing info@scottishlibraries.org

Resources

Historic Environment Scotland creates and manages records relating to Scotland’s architecture and archaeology.

Through the Historic Enviroment Scotland site you can access Canmore - the online catalogue to Scotland’s archaeology, buildings, and industrial and maritime heritage.

It's also possible to access Scran, where you can search more than 480,000 heritage digital resources. It is one of the UK’s largest educational online services and currently supports more than 4000 schools, libraries, colleges and universities.

 

Both official and government records are maintained by the National Records of Scotland. You can access research guides via their website and most of their digital records are available as a subscription service via ScotlandsPeople - the official Scottish Government site for searching government records and archives. You can also access over 2000 photographic images using the ScotlandsPeople digital image library.

 

 

 

ScotlandsPlaces lets you explore thousands of records of Scotland for free by using a place name, postcode or by simply clicking on a map. The search results bring together three national collections - Historic Environment Scotland, the National Records of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland

 

This key source for local history contains information about local parishes. The site includes the background to the compilation of the work, and an exhibition on maps, boundaries and the history of parishes in Scotland.

At present the whole site including all features, such as word searches and downloading text, is available free of charge. 

 

The British Association for Local History has announced that all past issues of the The Local Historian magazine are free to access during the coronavirus pandemic. However, this is a temporary measure and the current edition is only available to members.

 

The National Archives website has a wealth or resources and research guides available online. Their digital resources are also available for free as long as their Kew site is closed to visitors.

 

 

 

The National Library of Scotland has a wealth of digital content available via their website. This includes a digital gallery which contains digitised items from the collection, eResources (including access to thousands of books, journals, newspapers and databases), online maps and films from the Moving Image Archive. You can also watch past events from the National Library of Scotland on the NLS player and access free online talks by NLS curators. 

 

 

To access some eResources you need to be a member of the National Library of Scotland. You can become a member here:

 

The Scottish Local History Forum website contains access to the Scottish Local History Directory which provides details of Scottish local history resources and the organisations that hold them.