About the National Archives of Scotland
|Based in Edinburgh, the National Archives
of Scotland (NAS) exists to select, preserve, and make available
the national archives of Scotland in whatever medium, to the
highest standards; to promote the growth and maintenance of
proper archive provision throughout the country; and to lead
the development of archival practice in Scotland.
The NAS also holds historical records created by businesses,
landed estates, families, churches and other corporate bodies.
Every year tens of thousands of people from all over the world
use the NAS's services to carry out research, seek advice on
record keeping, and enhance the learning and teaching of history.
What we do
The NAS plays an important role in Scotland's economic and cultural
life. The property market in Scotland is dependent on the services
provided by the NAS to legal searchers, while its historical records
are much used in lifelong learning and are a major attraction for
genealogists, which helps promote tourism. In addition to advising
Scottish Ministers on records and information policy, the NAS advises
Scottish public authorities about the creation and management of
their records, it advises public and private owners about their
historical records and it provides a reference service to the public
on all aspects of the national archives. Each year the NAS staff
deal with about 12,000 visits to its search rooms and provides visitors
with access to around 250,000 records. It makes around 750,000 copies
from legal and historical records, provides customers with around
5,000 extracts from legal registers, and answers around 9,000 postal
and e-mail enquiries.
Place in government and corporate structure
The NAS is an agency of the Scottish Government: the devolved Scottish
part of the United Kingdom's central government. Scottish Government
Agencies are established by Ministers as part of Scottish Government departments,
or as departments in their own right, to carry out discrete areas
of work. Read more about the NAS's place in government and corporate
structure, and consult minutes, annual reports and accounts, and other
Where is the NAS?
The NAS has three buildings in Edinburgh. Find out more information
about the history of
the NAS and its buildings and how
to find us.
Working with the NAS
The NAS is headed by the Keeper
of the Records of Scotland and is staffed by civil servants. It
employs about 160 members of staff, including archivists, conservators,
ICT and other specialists and administrative staff. Recruitment of
staff is carried out through the Scottish Government's Human Resources.
The NAS works with other bodies and projects in Scotland and beyond
to preserve Scottish records and promote archives. Find out more about
working with the NAS.