A Very Arduous Period – The Register Houses During WWI, with Dr Tristram Clarke

  In the last of our three World War One podcasts, NRS Head of Outreach Dr Tristram Clarke looks at the forgotten stories of the men who exchanged their pens and desks in Edinburgh's Register Houses for rifles and helmets in France, Flanders and the Dardanelles, some never to return. He also explores the contribution of those who … Continue reading A Very Arduous Period – The Register Houses During WWI, with Dr Tristram Clarke

Voices From Our Archives: George & Elizabeth Davidson, 1918

In every exhibition there are documents and items that we have to leave out.  We’re usually sad to do so, since each one tells another piece of a story that we couldn’t tell you about. One story that features in our WWI Prisoners of War exhibition is that of Private George Davidson, a soldier captured … Continue reading Voices From Our Archives: George & Elizabeth Davidson, 1918

For You The War Is Over

Our new exhibition at General Register House, Edinburgh, reveals previously untold stories of Scottish soldiers who were captured on the battlefields of World War I and imprisoned in Germany. On display for the first time from Monday 22 October, soldiers' personal letters and photographs tell their stories from "behind the wire" in their own words, including … Continue reading For You The War Is Over

No Vote, No Census – Ruth Boreham on the 1911 Census suffrage protests

  …I begged her not to interfere with me in the performance of my duty and told her I would listen only to her father, and that I would go whenever he asked me. Then she ran off to another room and almost instantly returned with a large brass bell which she kept constantly clanging … Continue reading No Vote, No Census – Ruth Boreham on the 1911 Census suffrage protests

Rogues Gallery: Faces of Crime 1870-1917

25 October - 1 December 2017 General Register House, Matheson Dome  Free Thieves, confidence tricksters, pickpockets and more… Our new exhibition of photographs and criminal records from the Victorian and Edwardian eras will bring you face-to-face with Scotland’s criminal past. National Records of Scotland will display previously unseen mug shot albums alongside official trial records … Continue reading Rogues Gallery: Faces of Crime 1870-1917

Doors Open Day – General Register House and New Register House

Once again, that time of year is approaching when the National Records of Scotland throws open its doors and invites the public into the splendour of the General Register and New Register House, and offers a tantalising glimpse behind the scenes. General Register House Before records were officially stored in the archive, there was no … Continue reading Doors Open Day – General Register House and New Register House

Robert Burns (1759-1796) – the Poet

Robert Burns is the last of the four Famous Scots from the Past featured in our Fringe Festival exhibition this year. With limited space available, the challenge has been to choose a single document that helps us get closer to Scotland’s national poet. We started by considering how the official records, in which NRS is so … Continue reading Robert Burns (1759-1796) – the Poet

Sir William Arrol (1839-1913) – The Engineer

A titan of engineering and construction, William Arrol established his company in the early 1870s, when Glasgow was developing as an industrial city and the revolutionary Siemens Martin process was enabling the mass production of cheap steel. Arrol made his name with the construction of the Forth Bridge (1890), and is also known for the … Continue reading Sir William Arrol (1839-1913) – The Engineer

Madeleine Hamilton Smith (1835-1928) – The Accused

  On 30 June 1857 the trial of Madeleine Smith began. A young woman from a prosperous Glasgow family, Smith was charged with, on three separate occasions, administering arsenic or other poison to Pierre Emile L’Angelier with intent to kill, twice in February and once in March 1857. It was this accusation and the subsequent … Continue reading Madeleine Hamilton Smith (1835-1928) – The Accused