History

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From Mary Queen of Scots' last letter, written six hours before her execution, to photographs of the First World War, learn about the history of Scotland and the wider world through National Library of Scotland (NLS) resources.

Discover the past and understand people, past events and societies.

Learning resources
Specially designed to support classroom teaching using NLS collections.

A suffragette

'A guid cause: The women's suffrage movement in Scotland' learning resource with activities for secondary school students.

 

Map detail

'A home away from home' interactive learning resource based on the NLS emigration archive.

 

Drawing of a man wearing a hat

'Northern lights: The Scottish Enlightenment' resource for secondary school students featuring printed material, manuscripts, and maps, plus suggested activities.

 

Women in the Great War resource looks at women's role in the First World War using archive material from the National Library of Scotland collections.

 

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Research tools
Access to an extensive range of research tools when you register.

 

Web features
NLS websites featuring collection items with interpretation and background information.

 

What's in the collections
Information on what NLS holds and is recommended for learning audiences.

 

Digital images
Online access to a large selection of digital images.

 

Learning Zone main page

 


Library video guides

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Watch our video guides to find out how to access National Library of Scotland resources from home, school or in person.

Library favourites

Nicola Stratton

Find out about the Scottish witch hunts in this fascinating insight by Curator Nicola Stratton. Watch video.

NLS learning for you

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