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In recognition of the essential restrictions and measures imposed by the Scottish and UK Governments, we have closed all sites, depots and offices, including the HES Archives and Library, with immediate effect. Read our latest statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Photograph Albums


In the collections of Historic Environment Scotland we hold over 500 unique photograph albums. They are an invaluable resource particularly for anyone interested in the built heritage and Scottish local and social history.

The albums range in date from the 1850s through to the 1950s and contain historic views of Scottish and international towns, cities and buildings, amateur and professional photographs, holiday snapshots, family photographs and postcards.

We maintain an active digitisation programme with new images being added to the Canmore database every day. This gallery highlights images from a number of albums that has recently been catalogued and digitised including an album from the Peebles area around 1855-1870, an album of photographs from Lanarkshire from c1865-67, an album from the Fenwick area in Ayrshire from c1870-80 and an album with photographs of St Germains House in East Lothian in 1873.

All the photograph albums can be consulted in our Search Room or via our online resources.