Plane table and alidade survey

Plane table surveying is a very effective way of getting to grips with all the basic rules of survey to record angles and distances. Modern digital technological instruments are designed and constructed on these same fundamental principles. Plane table surveying is best carried out by a minimum of t ...

Downloadable Resource: An Introduction to Recording Buildings

A downloadable version of all our resources about recording buildings.

Research resources 1: online catalogues and databases

Here you will find a series of online resources to help you get started with your research.

Research resources 2: Historic Environment Scotland

Here you will find information about and links to the range of research resources provided by Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

Research resources 3: buildings, towns and cities

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 ...

Research resources 4: places and people

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.

Research resources 5: newspapers, photographic and audio-visual collections

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.

Tips for presentations

You may have opportunities to present your group’s work at a variety of events. This document is intended to help you plan, prepare and practise your presentation, so that you will feel more at ease when you deliver it.

Using archives, local history libraries and library special collections

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.

Top tips for researching

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.

How to create and manage social media accounts

While regular media, such as newspapers, radio and television, are one-way streets which offer limited opportunities to interact, social media are two-way streets that give you the ability to communicate with the world. Social media invite people to voice their own opinions, through posting comments ...

How to create and manage email newsletters

Also known as ‘eNewsletters’, email newsletters are exactly that – a way for organisations and community groups to keep people up to date with their latest news through regular emails. Email newsletters are usually created in the HTML coding language, which includes hyperlinks to websites, but ...

How to create and manage a blog

A blog is a personal website or web page that is regularly updated, usually by an individual or small group. Most blogs are written in an informal or conversational style. People use blogs to share anything that interests them, spanning news articles, photographs, opinions, family history and more.