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Beyond the Physical: Preserving the Historic Environment


Join HES Archives’ Digital Projects in celebrating the end of a four-year project through which we have preserved and made available online over half a million items. This gallery is one of three containing images hand-picked by the project team as part of our ‘Beyond the Physical’ Showcase, taking you on a photo-illustrated journey through some of the collections now available.

This gallery highlights the theme of preservation that runs through many of our collections and work. Numerous images catalogued and now available illustrate acts of preservation and conservation, from HES Archives’ historical collections to the contemporary archaeological and architectural project archive deposits. In this gallery you can see staff and volunteers retouching damaged paint on historical cathedral furniture, tending to ageing stone walls at Brodie Castle, carefully moving gravestones, documenting wrecks, excavating a Late Bronze Age log boat, and much more.

The theme of protecting and preserving our historic sites and records is a core tenet of the Digital Projects. We have worked to ensure, through careful cataloguing and ingest into a secure digital asset management system, that these records are available for you to browse and learn about, connect and re-connect to Scotland’s history.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of material available, so make sure to check out our other galleries and go on your own treasure hunt throughout our collections on Canmore. For further information on the Digital Projects’ work, and links to our related galleries, visit our online Showcase at