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Archives and Collections

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) records and surveys all forms of the built heritage in Scotland and makes this information available through the National Monuments Record of Scotland (NMRS). CANMORE is a searchable database of the NMRS that can be freely consulted over the Internet. Within the extensive collections of the NMRS, there is material for almost 1000 Scottish graveyards and the NMRS actively seeks to add to this. One of the most significant collections is that of Betty Willsher, a pioneer in the field of graveyard surveys. Material can be consulted in the NMRS library, which is open to the public from Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Enquiries can also be made by contacting the NMRS directly: RCAHMS, John Sinclair House, 16 Bernard Terrace, Edinburgh EH8 9NX. Tel: 0131 662 1456


Most of Scotland's Regions and Islands Areas have a Sites and Monuments Record (SMR), which comprises a listing of information on all known sites within the area administered by the local authority. Public consultation of SMRs is usually limited and by arrangement only. The summary of archaeological services produced by the Council for Scottish Archaeology will show whether your local authority area administers an SMR and gives contact details. Information is available online for the West of Scotland Sites and Monuments Record, Aberdeenshire and Highland at PASTMAP.


PASTMAP is a map based system to query Scottish National Archaeological and Architectural Datasets. There is a simple registration process to use the site and this service is entirely free of charge. The following data sets can accessed from PASTMAP:


Art in the Environment Database Banff and Buchan Arts Forum The aim of the Forum to collect and collate information on, and images of, art in the environment, throughout Aberdeenshire. Artefacts included range from Neolithic stone circles to modern public sculpture. The database includes categories on 'Monumental' and 'other Memorials and Grave Art'.


The Imperial War Museum's Burial and Remembrance collections includes sections on death, war graves, memorials, Unknown Warrior and remembrance and commemoration.


A maritime memorials database has been compiled by the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.


The Parks and Gardens UK Parks & Gardens UK is an on-line resource dedicated to historic parks and gardens across the whole of the United Kingdom and includes entries for a number of cemeteries.


Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) is developing on-line access to the collections of almost all of Scotland's public archives. There are individual sections providing information on death & burial, death & burial records, graverobbing and Burke & Hare.


Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (SCRAN) website contains over one million records from museums, galleries and archives and access to images, sounds, movies and learning resources relating to culture, history, science and the arts. Each resource is captioned to provide background information for reference or research. Non-subscribers can search the whole resource base for free-to-view thumbnail images and a basic caption. Access to full records, captions, large images, movies and learning resources is available by subscription.

Page last updated May 2010