About the Scottish Records Association

The Scottish Records Association (SRA) was founded in 1977 and is concerned with the preservation and use of historical records in Scotland.

Its aims are:

  • to arouse public awareness of matters affecting records;
  • to promote the role of archives in providing evidence of the past and preserving cultural heritage;
  • to encourage co-operation regarding the custody, preservation, accessibility and use of records of all media;
  • to give voice to users and custodians in discussing topics of common interest.

The Association holds an annual conference and organises visits of archival interest. A bi-annual newsletter, Retour, reports on developments in the archival world and includes research advice, answers to enquiries from users and short reviews of recent publications. Summary lists of archival collections in museums and libraries in Scotland and accessions of Scottish documents to repositories in the United Kingdom are also circulated to members.

The annual journal, Scottish Archives, reflects both the distinctive interests of the Association's members and appeals to a wider audience. It features illustrated papers from conferences as well as other commissioned and submitted articles focussing on Scottish archives and historical sources, their use and interpretation.

In conjunction with the National Records of Scotland, the Association publishes a guide to Scottish palaeography pack: Scottish Handwriting: a self help pack.

The constitution of the Scottish Records Association, the Annual Reports for 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 as well as the Accounts for 2015-16 can be downloaded as pdfs.

The Association has charitable status (Scottish Charities No. SC008896).

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