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A Celebration of the Scottish Parliament


In 1998 Holyrood was chosen as the location for the new Scottish Parliament building after consideration of a number of sites in Edinburgh. The Parliament complex, comprising offices, administration centre, debating chamber and committee rooms, was designed by the Catalan architect Enric Miralles and incorporates the 17th century Queensberry House within the building complex.

We have gathered together images from the HES Archive that reflect the modern history of the Holyrood site. These include the brewery headquarters that preceded the new Parliament, and aerial survey images that show the construction of the Parliament complex over several years.

The Scottish Parliament was officially opened on July 1 1999, and a public event to celebrate its twentieth anniversary will be held on 29 June, 2019.

More images from the HES Archive can be found on Canmore, or by visiting our Public Search Room at John Sinclair House.