Explore the Collection

Historic Environment Scotland cares for more than 35,000 objects at 160 properties across Scotland. Explore a wealth of objects from archaeological settlements, castles, abbeys, historic houses and industrial sites in our care – including many of Scotland’s most culturally significant objects.

This large and diverse collection provides a key source of evidence for understanding and appreciating our properties and everyday life and key events in Scotland’s past.


The Search allows you to look for any words describing an object.

Enter the words you wish to search for. For more specific results: you can search on a phrase "oil on canvas", include a word +portrait, exclude a word -portrait, search on part of a word paint*. Please see the Help topic on the Search for more details on how to formulate your searches.