Sunday, August 29, 2010
National Archives of Scotland
After going to the Dunfermline Library we visited the National Archives of Scotland. Hooray! Our visit started with a powerpoint presentation about archives in general and the National Archives of Scotland.
The mission of the National Archives of Scotland is similar to most other archives. They aim to preserve, protect, and promote the nation's records. They also try to be inclusive and accessible to the public, which I think is a great idea. I know that a lot of people don't realize an archives can help them with their research simply because archives often seem unfriendly or difficult to use. They house over 70 kilometers of records! That is over 43 miles! They also house the Scotland's People Center, which is the best place to start on genealogical research if your family hails from Scotland. I think this is a really valuable resource. I would love to research my family history but figuring out where to start seems nearly impossible.
We then took a tour of the building, which is really impressive. The storage facilities all connect around the rotunda in the middle of the archives, which acts as a reading room. The facility is gorgeous and remains climate controlled despite the age of the building. I love that an old building can still work for our modern requirements.