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Browse our varied publications, ranging from visitor guides and coffee table books to conservation guidance leaflets and academic reference reports.
To find and download historic research publications – Search Canmore
Our books are telling the stories of Scotland. Our aim is to explore ideas and start conversations about the past, present and future of our nation’s history and heritage.
Edinburgh is a city renowned for critical thinking, cutting edge breakthroughs and unique creativity. At the heart of these enlightened ideals lies the University of Edinburgh.
A unique collaboration between Historic Environment Scotland and the University of Glasgow has resulted in this lavishly illustrated book about the University’s architectural history.
A teacher-led trail exploring maths around Edinburgh Castle
This trail is a cross-curricular activity covering the Numeracy and Mathematics and Social Studies areas of the Curriculum for Excellence.
"Code of Good Practice in Research" is a policy document outlining the Code of Good Practice in Research at Historic Environment Scotland. Available for download in PDF format.
Illustrated Activity Booklet
A partnership project between Historic Environment Scotland & National Records of Scotland, this booklet for young learners commemorates the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath.
Updated 2019 in English and other languages
Visit key locations in the castle and see if you can discover the answers to these questions about the Jacobite Risings
Edinburgh Castle Research
Research Investigating into the origins of names within Edinburgh Castle.
The development of Edinburgh Castle as a visitor attraction
Research report on the castle’s role as a gun house.
Our Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) handbook offers practical guidance and information to those involved in the process.
The Go Roman Handling Box contains replica Roman objects for use in the classroom.