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National Library of Scotland

The NLS' Map Library is one of the ten largest in the world, with unrivalled collections; as the Library of the Faculty of Advocates from 1689, maps of Edinburgh were actively collected; as a Copyright Library, the collections are particularly strong in the printed mapping of Scotland. Since 1998, NLS Map Library has scanned over 50,000 historical maps of Scotland, including over 500 of Edinburgh and its environs (available for viewing as high-resolution colour images at Recently, several large geo-referencing projects have been made available online in user-friendly applications, furthering technical expertise in this field.

The University of Edinburgh

The School of History, Classics & Archaeology has for long had a reputation for the historical study of towns and cities. Recently this has taken the form of online courses for an Msc in Landscape, Environment & History and in this project uses Edinburgh materials from a number of scholars concerned with mapping the city. New technologies are enriching our understanding of the social and economic history of cities and this partnership with the NLS is developing these with a view to extending them to other towns and cities.

The project is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.