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An Inventory for the Nation


Established in 1908, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland worked for over a century collecting, recording and interpreting information on the architectural, archaeological, industrial and maritime heritage of the nation. The Royal Commission was tasked with making an ‘inventory’ of sites and constructions ‘connected with or illustrative of the culture of the people of Scotland from earliest times’. It is a task that is still ongoing today and An Inventory for the Nation is the remarkable story of the pursuit of this vision.

In October 2015, RCAHMS joined with Historic Scotland to create a new lead heritage body Historic Environment Scotland.

170 pages, paperback.