Scotland's archives record
some of the oldest official and recognizable
activities of Government anywhere in the world.
The historical and cultural significance of
Scotland's archives is demonstrated by the fact
that the English twice stole them, during the
nations' turbulent past.
It is estimated that Scottish archives currently
attract over 15,000 visitors per year. Over
200 professional archivists work out of over
50 Scottish archives, the majority of whom are
participating in the Scottish Archive Network
project. It is anticipated that the Scottish
Archive Network will provide immediate access
to material and resources for academic research
in Scottish History, Geography and the Humanities
to over 12 Scottish Universities as well as
the wider international academic community.
The Scottish Archive Network will provide online
information and resources to several thousand
information workers employed across Scotland.
The Scottish Archive Network will provide rapid
access to information and frequently asked questions
relevant to political and cultural life within
The Scottish Archive Network plans to provide
the opportunity to study paleography online
- the skill of deciphering the writings of Scots
from former generations.
The Scottish Archive Network will make available
digital images of the wills & testaments of
Scots from 1500 to 1875 to assist genealogists,
family historians, academics and local history
enthusiasts with their research.
The Scottish Archive Network is regarded as
a prototype by many other countries that wish
to follow Scotland's lead.