Scottish Life Archive

National Museums Scotland

Chambers Street

Edinburgh EH1 1JF


T. 0131 247 4076




The Scottish Life Archive was established in 1959. It aims to collect, record and preserve documentary and illustrative evidence of Scotland’s material culture and social history. It includes aspects of Scotland’s rural, urban, maritime and industrial communities, such as housing, work, warfare, leisure, customs and religion, all arranged by subject. The majority of the archive collection dates from the 1880s to the present day, and includes material relating to Dumfries and Galloway. Notable examples are Werner Kissling’s photographs taken in the 1960s and 1970s of farm buildings in Dumfries and Galloway, and the NMS’s Scottish Farm Buildings Survey of the 1990s. Examples of the collection can be accessed at The Archive is open to everyone; opening times are listed on the webpage.