Historic Collection

Own a piece of unique Scottish Industrial Heritage!

Scottish Canals’ collection of historical manuscripts is of national importance as it contains primary evidence for the construction, management and administration of the canals from circa 1790 to the present. The collection is not only historically important but in many cases has an aesthetic appeal and artistic merit.

This diverse collection includes beautifully coloured plans of the great Caledonian Canal in the Highlands, looking as fresh as they did in 1843 when they were first printed, down to the detailed engineering drawings of the Inclined Plane on the Monkland Canal.

Here are a small selection of the collection available to buy on MediaStoreHouse.

Notes to Editors

We understand that there is growing public interest in our historic collection.  From February 2017, in response to the Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011, part of Scottish Canals’ historic collections will be available to consult via the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh.  The collection comprises records relating to the canal network in Scotland from 1790 to 1962 and includes maps, plans, drawings, correspondence, and other material.  Please contact National Records of Scotland directly to arrange access to this collection.

Records relating to the Caledonian Canal can also be found at the Highland Council Archive.  Please contact the Highland Council Archive directly to arrange access to this collection.