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About Us

Learning and skills

Our properties, collections and expertise provide a rich learning resource for everyone.

Our properties, collections and expertise provide a rich learning resource for everyone.

We work across Scotland to bring people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to discover, explore, understand and be inspired by our historic environment.


We support learning access through initiatives like free education visits at our properties across Scotland. Our sites and learning resources cover many aspects of Scotland’s heritage.

Our learning projects and school visits to our sites are a great way to deliver Curriculum for Excellence through encouraging discovery and exploration outside the classroom. We provide:

Our vast collection of digital archives and resources provide support for learning and teaching in and around the historic environment.


We run community projects across Scotland, enabling learners of all ages to engage with their heritage, find inspiration, learn new skills and feel fitter and healthier.

Scotland’s Urban Past is a five-year project about the history of Scotland’s towns and cities. Anyone can get involved, and each project stems from a local community.


We run a wide range of programmes and events that are suitable for the whole family. We also offer fun resources for children to help make the most of visits and support learning at home.

Skills and training

We keep traditional skills alive and accessible through our skills and training programmes. These help to foster personal growth, enable employment, and contribute to the preservation of our historic environment.

The Engine Shed, our new national conservation hub, provides a centre of excellence and an opportunity for sharing. Here we engage the public through a variety of events, exhibitions and activities, and also offer conservation training.