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Scottish Development Department - Highlights


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 goal to make ‘invisible’ archives visible. The Scottish Development Department was one of several collections identified for mass digitisation, and was digitised in Year 2 of the project. Further information about the Digital Project can be found here:

Metadata for this collection was assigned using an automated process. This has allowed us to assign metadata for this large collection within the time limits of our project. We are aware that there are spelling mistakes within this collection and are working to amend them as we discover them. If you have any questions please contact us at