HES Archives and Library
Step inside the HES Archives and Library in Edinburgh and explore Scotland's past through over five million historic photographs, drawings and more.
About HES Archives and Library
Our extensive archive in Edinburgh spans a whole range of buildings, archaeological monuments and industrial and maritime sites, giving unparalleled insight into Scotland’s stories.
The archives – compiled and managed by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) – first began in 1908. Today, we hold more than five million items and continue to record all aspects of the historic environment.
What to see and do:
Discover information about Scotland's places through documents and books
Browse architects’ drawings, historic photographs or excavation archives
Trace our changing landscape through historic and modern maps and photographs
Consult the National Collection of Aerial Photography - advance bookings are required
Access online resources such as Canmore and Scran
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Expect wonder, enchantment and a spectacle of colour this festive season as Edinburgh Castle, the defender of the nation, becomes the ‘Castle of Light’!
The Christmas Market will once again return to East Princes St Gardens for a whole host of bespoke and traditional Christmas items!
Light Night is a free event for all to enjoy. The finale will be a spectacular pyrotechnics display marking the official switch on of Edinburgh’s Christmas lights with Santa’s “flying” visit.
Five Sisters Zoo will once again illuminate the zoo for another year and there is plenty of new surprises in store with our new enchanted riverside walk, stunning lit up water fountains and much more!
Night Walk for Edinburgh, one of the biggest hits of the Edinburgh international Festival 2019, returns as part of Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations.
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