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How To: Record Buildings

Investigating Buildings and Urban Spaces

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Download this series of guides to help you investigate, understand and survey Scotland's buildings and urban spaces. Each document covers a different element of recording buildings:

  • An Introduction to Recording Buildings
  • Photography
  • Photograph - Top Tips
  • Sketching
  • Reading Buildings
  • Personal Safety
  • Risk Assessments
  • Building Recording Form

These How To guides were created as part of a series for Scotland’s Urban Past (SUP), a community-engagement project we ran from 2014-19. The project supported communities in recording, researching and celebrating the history on their doorsteps.

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