Five fantastic ways to enjoy virtual history


17 March 2020
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Explore the country's rich past online with our top five ideas for exploring Scotland's past through virtual history - and all are free!

1. National Museums Scotland

Experience the treasures of four National Museums Scotland from your own home via the Google Arts and Culture programme, which offers you the chance to see more than 20,000 historic objects at National Museum of Scotland, National Museum of Flight, National War Museum and the National Museum of Rural Life here. Be sure to check out the games and resources section on the NMS website.

2. Future Learn

Future Learn from the University of Strathclyde offers a variety of history courses on topics that currently include mining history & heritage, Scottish family history research and Hadrian’s Wall: Life on the Roman frontier. See the full list here.

3. Sail Scotland 

Virtual reality videos from Sail Scotland explore our coastal heritage, with eight virtual journeys that include McCaig’s Tower, Dunstaffnage castle, Fingal’s cave and St Kilda. Visit Sail Scotland.

4. Sketchfab

Sketchfab acts as a virtual museum, allowing you to enjoy seeing 3D models of historic buildings, artefacts, marine vessels, carved stones and many more. The models have been created through collaborations between heritage professionals and 3D experts, making this an engaging experience.

5. Family history

If you’d like to explore your Scottish ancestry there are several webinar resources offering free of charge experiences, including Legacy and Family Search.

And you can enjoy History Scotland magazine wherever in the world you live. Click here to try one of our latest issues.