Public Tour: 250th anniversary of General Register House

When & Where

Monday, 1 July 2024 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
HM General Register House , 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh , EH13YY

Event Details

This year, National Records of Scotland (NRS) marks the 250th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of General Register House. One of Scotland’s most important public buildings, General Register House has been the home of the nation’s archives for over two centuries and continues to provide public access to Scotland’s documentary history. Designed by Robert Adam, it opened its doors in 1789. The first purpose-built, public record repository in Britain and Ireland, it has a good claim to being the oldest purpose-built archive in Europe still being used for its original function.

To celebrate, we are offering several public tours. The history of this unique building, its place on Edinburgh Princes Street, and its continuing role as keeper of the nation’s archives, will be explained as attendees explore the striking central chamber, the Adam Dome, and are taken behind the scenes.

Tours will last approximately 40 minutes and must be booked in advance. Please note: visitors should wear comfortable footwear. We regret that the tour route through the building is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.

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Jocelyn Grant



Event Location

HM General Register House
2 Princes Street


Please note that you should check with the event organiser to confirm details of times and location - Scottish Local History Forum is not responsible for the events hosted by Member Societies.