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Scots at Work

Celebrating Scotland's extraordinary working archives

The Scots at Work exhibition was held in the Adam Dome room in General Register House at the National Records of Scotland from Monday 29th April to Friday 21st June. 

From Antarctic adventure to tartan, from banking to engineering, and from coal to the world’s best-selling whisky, this exhibition celebrated the diverse heritage of Scotland's businesses, and their products and services. Scotland's working archives provide fascinating evidence of the nation’s companies, consumers and employees at home and abroad over hundreds of years.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, welcomed the exhibition as a celebration of: 

‘the diverse heritage of Scotland's businesses, and their products and services. Visitors have the chance to see fascinating evidence of the nation’s companies, consumers and employees at home and abroad over hundreds of years.’

Although the exhibition closed in June, you can find out more about the six key areas chosen to represent the lives of Scots at work. They highlight our precious archival legacy, and the special role that archives play in preserving it for the benefit of all.

This exhibition was been created to support the National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland and the Working Archive campaign by National Records of Scotland, in partnership with the Business Archives Council for Scotland and the Scottish Council on Archives. The help of the following is gratefully acknowledged:

Ballast Trust | Diageo Archive | Dundee University Archive, Records Management and Museums Service | Fife Council Archive Centre | Harris Tweed Authority | Lloyds Banking Group Plc Archives | Museum Nan Eilean, Stornoway | National Mining Museum Scotland | The Royal Bank of Scotland Group Archives | Scottish Fisheries Museum | Scottish Screen Archive | Standard Life Company Archives | Tasglann Nan Eilean Sar (Hebridean Archives) | University of Glasgow Archive Services | Western Isles Libraries