Voices from our Archives: Malvina Wells, c.1805 – 1887

  NRS Registration casework officer Rachael Lloyd looked more deeply into intriguing entries in our registers and uncovered a surprising tale of slavery, service and freedom in nineteenth century Scotland... Malvina Wells was born around 1805, on the Island of Carriacou in Grenada. She was born into slavery, and although she will have been far … Continue reading Voices from our Archives: Malvina Wells, c.1805 – 1887

Statistics on homeless deaths in Scotland

Today NRS published experimental statistics on homeless deaths in Scotland for the first time, in response to user demand. Similar information was produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for England and Wales in 2018, and there has been considerable demand since then from a wide range of stakeholders for comparable Scottish figures.   We … Continue reading Statistics on homeless deaths in Scotland

Web Archiving & Web Continuity

National Records of Scotland is today celebrating World Digital Preservation Day.  We caught up with our web continuity assistant Barbara Fuentes at West Register House, who told us about her work on archiving  websites, helping to ensure that digital records are captured and preserved for the future… Digital Records  NRS has been archiving paper records for … Continue reading Web Archiving & Web Continuity

Talking obsolescence in Oban: 2019 Community Archive Workshop Tour of Scotland

We’re constantly surrounded by digital material – tweets, photos, videos and much more – but stored information is surprisingly vulnerable and easy to lose, with community archives’ content particularly at risk. World Digital Preservation Day is an annual celebration of efforts across the globe to secure and preserve our digital record. In this blog post, … Continue reading Talking obsolescence in Oban: 2019 Community Archive Workshop Tour of Scotland

Accuracy and Fidelity: Scotland’s District Examiners

There are 678 Registrars in Scotland and they record around 140,000 "life events" every year. These include births, still births, marriages, civil partnerships, and deaths, and National Records of Scotland have been safeguarding these records since compulsory registration was introduced in 1855. That's a lot of records, and what many people don't know is that … Continue reading Accuracy and Fidelity: Scotland’s District Examiners

Fringe Festival Exhibition – ‘Prisoners or Patients? Criminal Insanity in Victorian Scotland’

‘Prisoners or Patients?’ is the latest part of a major project I began in 2016, to use the lessons of history to stimulate awareness of mental health issues in the modern world. Using free podcasts, social media, and photo exhibitions of asylum and prison patients I tried to reach out to sufferers and those close … Continue reading Fringe Festival Exhibition – ‘Prisoners or Patients? Criminal Insanity in Victorian Scotland’

Scotland’s Changing Population

  Demographic information about Scotland’s population Today we’ve published ‘Scotland’s Population 2018 - The Registrar General’s Annual Review of Demographic Trends’, and here our statisticians explain the key findings in the report. How is Scotland’s population changing? Scotland’s population has continued to increase and now stands at a record high of 5.44 million. Since 2008, … Continue reading Scotland’s Changing Population