Twenty Treasures: Selection Announced

Twenty Treasures: Selection Announced

24 October 2022

We are delighted to announce the selection for SCA’s ‘Twenty Treasures’ project!

As part of the Scottish Council on Archives’ 20th anniversary celebration, we invited archive services and organisations from across Scotland to nominate a special item from their collection. From the many nominations we received, a small panel chose twenty items which were of national or local significance with an interesting story to tell.

The ‘Twenty Treasures’ include an admission card for a young Jewish evacuee; a diary of a Jacobite officer who fought at Culloden; Scotland’s earliest surviving banknote; the first smallpox vaccination register from two hundred years ago; a brochure for the 1970 Commonwealth Games; a short film showing Queen Victoria at Balmoral in 1896; and a promotional leaflet for the hugely successful Cervical Smear Campaign from 1988.

Twenty Treasures also contributes to Scotland’s Year of Stories in 2002 as archives are full of stories, reflecting the rich cultural and social history of the nation.  This is NOT a ‘best of’ list – that would be impossible – but it does give a flavour of the incredible collections and items held across Scotland for all to enjoy.

To view the list of Twenty Treasures click here. Information about the twenty items will be displayed in a small exhibition at the Scottish Parliament at SCA’s 20th anniversary reception on 23rd November, and a podcast series about the list will be broadcast earlier in the month.

For more information or queries contact:

John Pelan, SCA Director