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Welcome to Scottish Archives for Schools (SAfS), the education service of the National Records of Scotland.

Our service sets out to connect and engage teachers and pupils with Scotland’s history, heritage and culture.

Archives tell stories and our fascinating collections of documents, dating from the 12th to the 21st centuries, provide insights into the growth of a nation through good times and bad. We draw on these written records, created by people from every walk of life, from kings and queens, lawyers, businessmen and ministers to teachers and children, to reveal Scotland's history.

Our resources support a Broad General Education, Nationals 3, 4 and 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications. Join us in Edinburgh or, if your school is too far away to visit us, we can deliver sessions directly into your classroom by web conference.

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Schools Programme, 2014-15

Our new schools programme for 2014-15 is available and includes learning sessions on the Scottish Wars of Independence and the First World War in Scotland.

We aim to make our sessions interactive and enjoyable, using our resources to spark pupils' interest and imagination across the curriculum.

Use one of our learning sessions to provide an inspirational starting point for citizenship or literacy; investigate well-known stories from a new perspective; and introduce pupils to research and analytical skills.

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Explore Your Archive campaign 2014

As part of the Explore Your Archive campaign, which begins on Monday 10 November, why don't you visit National Records of Scotland to participate in one of our workshops?

The Explore Your Archive campaign is encouraging people to discover the stories, the facts, the places and the people that are at the heart of our communities. Archives across the UK and Ireland are taking part to raise awareness of the value of archives to society and of the rich variety of content that is held, preserved and made available to users.

Each of our workshops can take you on an adventure – you may end up discovering much more than you imagined. Archives are full of fascinating content to read, touch and explore - and it isn’t available from Google! Have look at our programme, choose your preferred workshop and call us to confirm a date.

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New online resource launched - The Union of the Parliaments of England and Scotland, 1707

The Union of the Parliaments of Scotland and England in 1707 was a pivotal moment in Scottish history.

This new online resource was originally created as part of the A Union for a' That schools education project in 2007. This was a joint project between the National Archives of Scotland (now the National Records of Scotland), the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, Historic Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, The Scottish Government, the Law Society of Scotland and Learning and Teaching Scotland (now Education Scotland). Originally issued to all schools in Scotland as a DVD, it is now available online and we would like to thank all the former project partners for their support in making this resource available online.

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Scottish Soldiers’ Wills from two World Wars go online

National Records of Scotland (NRS) recently made the Soldiers’ Wills series available online through ScotlandsPeople as part of commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Among the 31,000 wills of Scottish soldiers are 26,000 of men who died in the Great War, which form part of the records of the Commissary Office in Edinburgh, held in NRS. The wills will also continue to be available in the Historical Search Room at General Register House.

Read more about these poignant records on the National Records of Scotland website.

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