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.

Hes Archives And Library

About HES Archives and Library

John Sinclair House 16 Bernard Terrace, Edinburgh South EH8 9NX
01316688600
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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

All information (whether in text or photographs) is supplied in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement of representation or fact. We take every opportunity to ensure the details for HES Archives and Library are accurate, please contact us at hello[@]whatsonnetwork.co.uk if any of the above information is incorrect.

Upcoming Events at HES Archives and Library

Harnessing the Power of Water - POSTPONED

Harnessing the Power of Water - POSTPONED

7th April 2020 - 25th September 2020
In Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters, join us for a new exhibition at John Sinclair House where we showcase fantastic material from the HES archives.
Then and now: Investigating Scotland From The Sky - POSTPONED

Then and now: Investigating Scotland From The Sky - POSTPONED

15th June 2020
Explore the archives and technology behind the hit BBC television series with Dave Cowley, Aerial Survey Projects Manager at HES.

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