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Scottish Development Department - Unidentified Images


The Scottish Development Department collection consists of approximately 70,000 plastic photographic negatives and some printed photographs, as well as additional reference documentation in the form of ‘record sheets’. These photographs and corresponding records sheets were captured by Scottish Development Department investigators, predominately in the 1970s and 1980s. Photographs show both urban and rural areas throughout Scotland, including cities, towns and villages.

This collection was digitised as part of our three-year Digital Project, with the aim to make ‘invisible’ archives visible. Unfortunately some of these images do not have any additional 'metadata' - information about themselves. We have collated some of these images in this gallery. Further information about the Digital Project can be found here:

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This gallery will be regularly updated, so please continue to visit and identify new images.