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‘A very arduous period’ the Register Houses at war, 1914-1918

For an organisation dedicated to maintaining a large tranche of the nation’s collective memory, it seems strange that the National Records of Scotland has not inherited from its predecessor organisations memorials to all the staff who died in both world wars, writes Dr Tristram Clarke
Members of staff of the General Registry Office (Scotland) serving as officers, 6 April 1918 (NRS, GRO1/545, p. 868)

National Records of Scotland (NRS) is not alone among the national collections in lacking a war memorial listing its dead, but one of the reasons for the omission may be connected to the fact that its two historic buildings, General Register House and New Register House, were home to eighteen departments and about 300 staff. This may have hindered any scheme to commemorate those who had perished in the war.

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Explore centuries of history and archaeology in the first History Scotland issue of 2019. Inside you’ll find history, archaeology, genealogy and heritage from some of the country’s top experts. Top reasons to read this issue: • Discover the tough reality of life as a Dundee whaler – and why the city’s female population was crucial to the success of the whaling industry • Read about Mary of Guelders – the Stewart queen who used her European connections to succeed in her royal role • See amazing images from the restoration of Monteath Mausoleum • Discover history events around the country during the winter months • Explore a new project to discover what we know – and have yet to discover – about the uses of gold in prehistoric Scotland