Becoming an Urban Detective: the basics
How can I help?
You don’t need any archaeology, surveying or fieldwork experience to be an Urban Detective.
Even minimal information can make a difference to the national record.
Minimal information can include the location of your site and classification of your site (for example, a tenement or a post office).
5 steps to becoming an Urban Detective
Follow these five easy steps and learn how you can share the story of places in your own town or city.
Signal boxes, beach huts, cinemas - the choice is yours.
Discover the story of your site through archives, maps, books and photographs. You can often find basic information from desk research using Google Street View and archives.
Read our resources on using archives to get started.
If you can physically and safely access your site, record it through measurements, sketches, photographs and survey drawings.
See our guidance on recording buildings for inspiration.
4. Register and contribute
If you haven't registered as an Urban Detective on our website yet, register now.
Login to add your information, memories or images.
Your contributions become publicly accessible for others on Canmore.
By sharing your research, records and images, you help to make the stories of Scotland’s towns and cities more accessible.