Becoming an Urban Detective: add an image to an existing site

Do you have an image of one of our sites? You can add it to make our record of the historic environment more accessible.

Look for your site

First, make sure you are registered as an Urban Detective at the Scotland’s Urban Past website. Log in using your username and password.


Find the site you want to add an image to; this can be by keyword, but a map search is often easier as buildings or sites may be known by different names. To do this, go to Urban Detectives on the web site, and then to Find a site, as below:

Screen image of finding your siteFind your site

Find your site on the map

Zoom into the map by using the map controls, or the wheel on your mouse.  You can pan (move) the map by holding down your mouse button and dragging the map to your desired location. If you are physically at the location you wish to add text to, and are using a hand-held device, you can click on My Current Location to take you to the spot on the map.

Once you find the site you are looking for, click on its map pin. A ‘speech bubble’ with further details will display. Click on the words Site record in the speech bubble to take you to the full record, as illustrated below. 

Screen image of site record on mapClick on the map pin to display a brief record, then click on 'Site record'

Scroll to the bottom of the site record. If you are the first person to add an image, the Images from our Urban Detectives box will say Be the first to share an image about this place. Otherwise, it will say Share an image about this place.

First, click Browse (below) and look for your image, the screen image below is taken from a Windows pc. Your image may not necessarily be in the same location.

Screen image of contribute an imageShare an image about a place

Adding your image

Once you have found your image, select it and click Open, as below. Your image will upload to the Scotland’s Urban Past website. Enter a Title for your image, and then a Description, both these fields are required. Once you are satisfied with your entry, you can click Save.

It is good practice to have the name of the site included within your image title. You must also be sure you own the image and have the authority to put it on a website.

It is also a good idea to say what side of a building is being shown in the description, e.g. 'North elevation', 'East wall'.

Screen image of uploading a fileNavigate to your image file and choose it from the directory

Viewing your contributed image

You will see a screen message that says Image uploaded successfully. If you scroll down on the same screen you will see your image under Images from our Urban Detectives. There is a small i symbol at the foot of the image. If you click on this it will display your image title and any accompanying information.


If you want to edit your comment later on, or add more information, click on Welcome at the top right of the Scotland’s Urban Past website while logged in, then click on My contributions then My images and photographs. A list of your image contributions will appear. Simply click the Edit button to edit your text, and Save when you are finished editing.