All Scotland's Urban Past resources are available for you to download and use in your heritage projects, wherever you’re based.

We've compiled free resources to help you investigate how Scotland's towns and cities have changed over time.

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Here you will find a series of online resources to help you get started with your research.
Here you will find information about and links to the range of research resources provided by Historic Environment Scotland (HES).
Here you will find information about, and links to, a range of research resources on the design of cities, towns and buildings. The books and journals listed are available in local authority libraries or archives, and the Historic Environment Scotland search room in John Sinclair House, 16 Bernard T ...
Here you will find information about, and links to, a range of research resources in which data about places and people has been collected over time or on specific occasions. These resources are fully or partly available online and are also available in local reference libraries or archives.
Here you will find introductory information about, and links to, a range of historical newspaper, photographic and audio-visual collections. Many of these resources can be accessed free of charge from your home while others will be available in your local library or via its online services.
When preparing for your first visit to an archive or library special collections department, please bear in mind the following points. Most archives operate in a similar way but there may be exceptions and additions to the guidance provided here.
When you begin thinking about your Scotland’s Urban Past research project, take the time in advance to ask what, when, where, how and who will research, and together devise a plan. Reflecting on the points below should help you get started.