Travel & emigration

English ballads

English ballads

Browse over 2,300 broadside ballads, mostly from 19th-century England, with subjects ranging from courtship, occupations and emigration to patriotism and wars.

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.

Paddy Leigh Fermor's 1933 travel diary

Paddy Leigh Fermor's 1933 travel diary

Read the journal written by Patrick ('Paddy') Leigh Fermor when he travelled on foot around Europe in 1933.

Scots abroad

Scots abroad

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

Soviet posters

Soviet posters

Around 70 posters issued in the Soviet Union between 1919 and1930, relating to the Russian Civil War and economic and social issues.

The North American journeys of a diplomat's wife

The North American journeys of a diplomat's wife

Henrietta Liston's travel journals, 1796-1801, covering the United States and the West Indies.

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.