Introducing 'Accessing Scotland's Past'
'Accessing Scotland's Past' (ASP) is an exciting
pilot project underway at the Royal
Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).
records and interprets the rich variety of sites and monuments and
buildings which together make up Scotland's built heritage. The
organisation also works to promote a greater appreciation of this
resource, through the National Monuments Record of Scotland, a national
collection of material which relates to the archaeology and architecture
At the heart of the NMRS lies the Architecture
and Archaeology Collections. These encompass a rich variety of material,
including photographs, aerial photographs, books and periodicals,
site reports and archives, maps, architectural drawings and models.
catalogue to these collections, together with information derived
from a variety of sources, is available online in CANMORE.
However, there has never been a clear guide to each archaeological
site and historic building. ASP aims to address this by providing
a short descriptive account of many sites and buildings, and a guide
to where further information can be discovered. This will include
links to other web pages. (N.B. RCAHMS does not endorse or recommend
any of the links on these pages, nor is it responsible in any way
for the content of the websites.)
In addition, the Aberdeenshire Council Sites and
Monuments Record (SMR) is now available on-line and links have been
placed in the ASP descriptions to the on-line information where
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund,
ASP is currently running as a 'proof of concept' for one year in
a limited geographical area. The target areas chosen are the Cairngorms,
in Aberdeenshire and Moray, and the Merse, in the Scottish Borders.
The project is being run in partnership with the local authority
archaeologists for Moray, Aberdeenshire Council and Scottish Borders
details for the local authority archaeologists are:
Aberdeenshire and Moray: Mr Ian
Shepherd, Archaeology Service, Aberdeenshire
Council, Woodmill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen AB16 5GB (e-mail:
Scottish Borders Council: Dr John
Dent, Economic Development and Environmental Planning, Scottish
Borders Council, Council HQ, Newtown St. Boswells, Melrose,
TD6 0SA (e-mail: email@example.com).
The Cairngorms and the Merse were chosen
for this initial phase of the project on account of the diversity
of their built heritage, showing a contrast between upland and lowland
landscapes, and rural and townscape locations.
The information available through ASP is currently
being restructured to enable sites to be grouped under a common
heading or theme, such as a particular estate or town, or type of
site. Some examples are available below.
ASP is an initiative which it is hoped will
prove a valuable resource to a wide range of users, both within
the local communities of the Cairngorms and the Merse, and wider
afield. The ASP team welcomes feedback on this project, and can
be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link your site
ASP would like to encourage websites to link
to the project. In order to create the link we now request a simple
registration process. Please read the information about the Registration