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In recognition of the essential restrictions and measures imposed by the Scottish and UK Governments, we have closed all sites, depots and offices, including the HES Archives and Library, with immediate effect. Read our latest statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Search our collections

You can search our collections by:

  • keyword e.g. "holyrood" or by catalogue number e.g. "SC 380324" AND / OR
  • name of the collection AND / OR
  • the year of an item on collection

Collection search:

  1. Click on Search in the main menu and then click on Search Collections.
  2. There is an option to only show results that have a digitised image viewable online.
  3. Enter your search criteria.
  4. click the Search Collections button.

Collection hierarchy search:

  1. Start typing the name of a collection.
  2. Select a Collection from the dropdown list.
  3. Click the Search Hierarchy button.

HINT: Many of our collections have an hierarchical structure, called "Levels". These levels are like branches, twigs and leaves on a tree.
You can navigate through the levels starting at the highest level "Collection" then working down to "Group", "Batch" and finally "Item".


Help Topics

Help is available on the following items. Please click on the relevant link below to read more. If you cannot find what you are looking for please contact us.