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The Scottish National War Memorial in the HES Archive


Built between 1924-7, The Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle was designed by Sir Robert Lorimer. He reused part of an old barrack block to create a memorial comprising three elements: a hall of honours, a national shrine, and a roll of honour. A number of craftsmen and women were commissioned to produce sculpture and stained glass for the memorial, which is regarded as one of Scotland's most important buildings.

The HES Archive holds a wealth of material relating to the Scottish National War Memorial including documents, models, historic photographs, original drawings and sketches by Lorimer. The archive can be consulted in our Search Room and through Canmore.

This gallery formed part of an exhibition in 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Armistice.