Local Studies Group

Local Studies Scotland (LocScot) is an organisation devoted to the care and dissemination of local and family history material in Scotland. Most of our members are librarians who work in the front line of local studies, but we also have academics, experts and interested folk and organisations from the history and heritage sector.

We are the Scottish sub-group of the CILIP Local Studies Group.


LocScot Dayschool 2013

This year's LocScot Dayschool focusses attention on one of the most powerful tools at the disposal of the local studies researcher - the map.

The day's sessions will give an overview of the history of mapping, will look at working with maps specifically for local studies research, and of the practicalities of curating collections of these materials. A variety of types of map will be looked at (beyond the well-known OS maps) which all provide different types of information and are of interest to researchers in a wide spectrum of fields. The more technical aspects of cataloguing; classification; metadata; finding aids; storage and conservation will be looked at too, to provide guidance and assistance in dealing with these special collections materials. The day will also look at digital mapping and map resources available online, and the impact that these can have in the field of local studies.
It should be of interest to anyone working/researching in local studies; to those who are responsible for map collections as part of a wider remit; and to anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of this extremely useful material.

Tea/coffee will be available at registration and a sandwich lunch will be provided.

This event is free to LocScot members, and is available to non-members at the bargain rate of £3 (as a contribution towards catering costs). Non-members: please register above using the Non-Member ticket option and pay on the day.

Click here to register for this event.


More about us

  • Locscot ethos
  • Locscot runs and helps to organise various events throughout the year
  • Locscot represents Local Studies interests in a wide variety of Scottish cultural and historical forums
  • Locscot sets guidelines for local studies provision in libraries
  • Locscot produces a twice yearly journal
  • Locscot provides advice to the Scottish Screen Archive on selections of film for conservation as part of their Heritage Lottery funded programme
  • Locscot is represented on the Newsplan Scotland Committee and the Scottish Local History Forum

How to join Locscot

  • CILIP members - to add as a new group, or switch groups, contact CILIP membership. Tel: 020 7255 0602   email: membership@cilip.org.uk
  • Affiliate membership - contact us with your details using our online form