School of Scottish Studies Archives


27-29 George Square
United Kingdom


The School of Scottish Studies was established in 1951 at the University of Edinburgh to collect, archive, research and publish material relating to the cultural life, folklore and traditional arts of Scotland. Over the past sixty years, fieldworkers at the School have made thousands of recordings of songs, instrumental music, tales, verse, customs, beliefs, place-names biographical information and local history. Material in the Sound Archive comes from all over Scotland and its diaspora, and as well as being a rich repository of oral tradition it is invaluable for its range of dialects and accents in Gaelic, Scots and English. Donated material, including published discs, is also held. Further information is available at

Opening Times: 

10-5 Mon-Fri, by appointment

Access conditions: 

The School of Scottish Studies Archives is a research archive with a small staff. The Archive Search Room contains finding aids, in-house accessions database, registers, listings and indexes, which may be consulted on the premises under the supervision of the Curator. Normal opening hours are Monday to Friday, 10-5, and access is by appointment. Visitors are required to show photographic identity, register for use, sign in and abide by conditions of access as documented and relevant legislation. Documents and recordings may be viewed or listened to in the Archive Search Room. As these are subject to copyright, access to some items may be restricted. Users are not permitted to make copies of any material themselves but may request copies from the Archives for which a charge is normally made reflecting the costs of undertaking this work. Enquiries and requests for visits should be made to the Curator. A selection of material from the Sound Archive has been made available on-line Photographic images appear on the scran website:


0131 650 4159

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Cathlin Macaulay

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