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Photographic and image research

Photograph of HMS Hood

Photographic collections held by the National Records of Scotland (NRS)

Online research

National collections and image libraries in Scotland

Local collections and image libraries in Scotland

Other sources for image research

Photographic collections held by the National Records of Scotland (NRS)

Detail of an airlock

 

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) holds an extensive range of photographic media, from glass plate negatives from the 1850s to colour digital prints. These include more than 70,000 individual photographic items, of which at least a third are glass-based.

About 40,000 entries in NRS' online catalogue relate to photographs in the administrative records of government, evidence presented in courts of law and private papers.

Most of the photographs are in two specific collections – the records of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders and British Rail.

 

 

Online Research

If you have not found what you were looking for while browsing our image library, you can continue your research using the following web sites, which allow you to view photographic and image collections online and to order copies.

National collections and image libraries in Scotland

Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (SCRAN)
ScotlandsPlaces
National Galleries of Scotland
National Library of Scotland
National Museums of Scotland
Historic Environment Scotland

Local collections and image libraries in Scotland

Am Baile
Aberdeen University Library and Archives
Dundee University Archives – Michael Peto Photographic Collection
Falkirk Community Trust Archives
Francis Frith Collection
Glasgow University Library  - Hill and Adamson Collection
Shetland Museum Photographic Collection
St Andrews University Library
The Virtual Mitchell

Other sources for image research

British Library
National Media Museum
National Railway Museum
The National Archives, London
The National Library of Wales