Part of Historic Environment Scotland

Researching Historic Buildings

Do you want to find out more about the history of your house or another building? Here are some of the resources we use when researching buildings. Many of them are free; however, some will charge for their services.

One starting place is here at Historic Environment Scotland (HES). We curate the National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE), part of the HES Archives held in Edinburgh. Our search room and library are open to all, and free to use.

  • Audiences

    Researchers, Planners and Owners

  • Date Published

    07 June 2018

  • Publisher

    Historic Environment Scotland

  • Publication Types

    General Interest

  • Format(s)

    Download PDF

  • Language


  • Subjects

    Architecture, Scotland

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