Travel & emigration

Aiming high

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

Asian directories and chronicles

Listings of corporations, foreign residents and government agencies of all nationalities in Asia, 1917 to 1941

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

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

John Francis Campbell of Islay

Journals, watercolours and sketches by Gaelic folklorist, artist, traveller, and scientist John Francis Campbell (1821 to 1885)

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

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

Scots abroad

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

Soviet posters

Around 70 posters issued in the Soviet Union between 1919 and 1930, relating to the Russian Civil War and economic and social issues

The photographs of John Thomson

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

The travels of Henrietta Liston

Henrietta Liston's travel journals covering North America and the West Indies (1796 to 1801) and the Ottoman Empire (1812 to1820)