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General Register House and New Register House

Door open days

29 September 2018 (10:00-16:00)


National Records of Scotland provides its public services in two of Scotland’s most important public buildings. 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. Access to Adam’s magnificent rotunda, a unique statue of George III and Robert Matheson’s Victorian rotunda. New Register House was also designed by Matheson as the home of civil registration in Scotland and opened in 1861.


Key Information

Architect: Robert Adam

Building Date: 1789

YOYP: Display of historical documents for and about young people. The chance to speak to young archivists and other specialists.

ACTIVITIES: behind the scenes access, archivists garden, guided tours. 

e-mail:  or call 0131 314 4300 (Mon-Fri 9.00 – 12:00)

Where to find us

  • 2 Princes Street
  • Edinburgh
  • EH1 3YY