Five reasons why now is the perfect time to explore Scotland’s history


06 April 2020
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The National Wallace Monument, Stirling
With so many of us based at home at the moment, there has never been a better time to immerse yourself in the country’s past.

1. There are so many amazing online resources to explore

The last few weeks have seen an explosion in the number of online resources for those exploring Scottish history – many of which we looked at in our round-up here

Sketchfab has some great 3D models of ships, buildings and historic structures and Palace of Holyroodhouse recently introduced via 360-degree tour of the King’s Bedchamber here

And don’t miss the current free access to British History Online available until the end of July 2020 and comprising over 1,200 volumes of primary and secondary sources.

DON’T MISS: History Scotland’s collection of digital history guides 

2. This is the perfect time to explore your Scottish ancestry

If you keep meaning to delve into your Scottish roots, the coming weeks could see you make great strides in either starting or expanding your family tree. We have lots of free advice and resources in the family history section of our website. 

A few years ago, the temporary closure of archives and libraries would have made tracing your family history nigh-on impossible. And whilst having access to these facilities is hugely helpful for family historians, it is possible to make good progress using the many websites available, including ScotlandsPeople and National Library of Scotland.

DON’T MISS: Family Tree Magazine's tracing your Scottish ancestors guide 

3. You have time to delve into that topic you’ve always meant to explore

Is there an aspect of Scotland’s history you keep meaning to explore? Perhaps you’re fascinated by the Scottish diaspora, the life of Mary Queen of Scots or Scotland’s brochs. Here, Google can be your ally. Search for possible resources such as:

  • A specialist society related to the topic
  • Digitised archive material
  • Related books and journals
  • Forums and social media groups

DON’T MISS: Explore the life of Mary Queen of Scots with our souvenir magazine 

4. Virtual museums are open as never before

Scotland’s museum community has responded to the Coronavirus situation with resilience and ingenuity. From National Museums Scotland through to the hundreds of independent museums that are at the heart of our heritage, be sure to check out the website of your favourite places for news, udpates and activities. 

We’re also sharing these on our website and in History Scotland magazine.

5. You can take time to read and reflect

Whether it’s a book you’ve been meaning to read, a documentary series you haven’t started yet or a research project you want to get off the ground, history is the perfect way to immerse yourself in another world and give yourself an escape from the realities of everyday life.   

History Scotland is here for you during this time. We are printing and publishing the magazine as usual (see our latest issue here) and you can join in with our community via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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