Photography

First World War official photographs

First World War official photographs

Black-and-white photographs mainly of the Western Front during the First World War. From the papers of Field Marshal (Earl) Haig.

Isabella Bird’s travel photographs

Isabella Bird’s travel photographs

Adventurous Victorian travel writer Isabella Bird took photographs as she journeyed in the Far East, Persia and Morocco.

Out of Africa: The Kirk papers

Out of Africa: The Kirk papers

An overview of the personal papers of Sir John Kirk, a British Consul in Africa who explored the Zambesi with David Livingstone.

Pencils of light

Pencils of light

Delve into photographic history with 300 images taken in the 1840s by the Edinburgh Calotype Club - the world's first photography society.

Photographs of the south side of Edinburgh

Photographs of the south side of Edinburgh

Black-and-white photos of tenements and shops around St Leonards, Edinburgh, taken in 1929 by Alfred Henry Rushbrook.

Scots abroad

Scots abroad

Read and hear six stories of Scots who emigrated to start a new life between the 1770s and the 1930s.

Scottish bridges

Scottish bridges

Photographs showing the building of the Forth Bridge, taken from 1886-1887, and the Tay Bridge after its collapse in 1879.

Sporting photos

Sporting photos

Who are the people in these photos of sporting events in Scotland around the late 19th century? Can you help us find out?

The photographs of John Thomson

The photographs of John Thomson

Find out about the Scottish photographer and traveller who helped pioneer photojournalism on London's Victorian streets.

Thomas Annan's Glasgow

Thomas Annan's Glasgow

Photographs of Glasgow taken by Thomas Annan in the 1860s, with related maps and downloadable learning activities.