A guid cause

The history of the women's suffrage movement in Scotland, with photographs, newspaper reports, diary entries and other sources. Activities for secondary schools. Includes downloadable PDFs

A Scots buik on the plague

Scotland's first printed medical book (1568), written in Scots. Learn the history of the plague in Scotland. Downloadable learning activities

Aiming high

A look at the achievements of seven pioneering women explorers and mountaineers from the 19th to 20th centuries

Ceòl nan Gàidheal

A dual Gaelic / English overview of historic sources, song, instruments and the Living Tradition of Gaelic music

From shore to shore

Celebrating Scotland's coastal communities with a small sample from the MacKinnon photographic collection from the late 1800s

Gaelic Bards of Keppoch

Songs written by Gaelic bards Iain Lom and Sìleas na Ceapaich. Available in Gaelic and English. Downloadable PDFs for teachers

Getting started with Shakespeare

Resources to help school pupils understand some of Shakespeare's works by exploring scenes and characters or writing sonnets


Learn about the sinking of HMY Iolaire on 1 January 1919 through Library items and contributions from the Isle of Lewis

Lifting the lid

Explore Scotland’s natural larder, from the 17th century to the 21st, using items from our collections. Downloadable PDFs for teachers

Mapping history

An interactive guide to reading historical maps and using them to learn more about your area. Downloadable PDFs for teachers

Oor Wullie: Guide to Scots language

Oor Wullie an his pals hiv fun weys fur bairns tae learn Scots, an ideas fur parents an teachers

Struggles for liberty

Stories of the lifelong struggle for social justice by 19th-century African American freedom-fighters

The 1715 Jacobite Rising

A guide to the 1715 Jacobite rising, which changed Scotland. Includes interactives and resources for teachers

The Scottish Enlightenment

Explore the spirit of enquiry, debate, and improvement which characterised the Scottish Enlightenment during the 18th century

Thomas Annan's Glasgow

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

You are here

10 things you need to know about maps, how they are made and how we use them. Includes interactive quizzes and downloadable PDFs for teachers