Who we are
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) is a government funded organisation responsible for the creation of the national record of Scotland's archaeology, buildings and maritime heritage. To achieve this, we undertake survey programmes, aerial reconnaissance, research and are actively creating a substantial archive of material (e.g. antiquarian records, historic and modern photographs, excavation archives, architects drawings etc) which documents how the nation's archaeological, industrial and architectural heritage has changed over time.
For more information see www.rcahms.gov.uk
Aerial photography collections
RCAHMS also holds one of the largest aerial photographic archives in the world. In 2008 in a joint initiative between the National Archives and Keele University, RCAHMS took on the responsibility for The Aerial Reconnaissance Archives (TARA) to ensure its long term preservation and to open up access to this internationally significant resource. TARA contains tens-of-millions of UK Government aerial images, declassified and released by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre (JARIC) and comprises imagery for locations throughout the world from the Second World War to the late 1980s. As a major source of historical geospatial data, it provides a unique aerial perspective on many key moments of twentieth century history and offers considerable potential for archaeological researchers.
For more information see aerial.rcahms.gov.uk
Over 6.75 million hits were made in 2010-11 on the different RCAHMS websites, as people from across the world explore and discover more about the heritage of Scotland or the international collections. RCAHMS undertakes programmes of education and outreach and actively encourages community groups and individuals to contribute their knowledge and images to the national collection.
John Sinclair House,
16 Bernard Terrace,
Edinburgh EH8 9NX
Tel: +44(0)131 662 1456
Fax: +44(0)131 662 1477