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Royal Commission on The Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

Door open days


For over 100 years RCAHMS has been working to create a record of Scotland's built environment. Their vast national collection of over 15 million unique items is made available to the public to explore online and in their Search Room.

This year RCAHMS is showcasing the hidden treasures of Scotland’s rich industrial heritage. Whether you’re interested in exploring old photographs of Victorian factory workers, shipbuilding on the Clyde, or the construction of the Forth Bridge; original design drawings of power stations and hydro-electric schemes; survey photographs of distilleries, factories and mills; or aerial photographs of lost industrial sites across Scotland and Europe – there will be something for everyone.


Key Information

Hear experts talking about their extensive collections and view exhibitions and films. You’ll also get the chance to go behind-the-scenes to discover how they photograph, measure and draw industrial sites, and find out how these unique images form an important record of Scotland’s industrial past and present.

Guided tours. Information leaflets/notes available. Behind the scenes access.

Where to find us

  • John Sinclair House
  • 16 Bernard Terrace
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9NX