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The National Records of Scotland

The NRS provides the registration and statistical functions of the Registrar General for Scotland, including responsibility for demographic statistics and census, and the archival functions of the Keeper including maintaining the archives as one of Scotland’s five National Collections, and providing a leadership role for Scottish archive and record professionals. They are also responsible for the service for family history provided under the highly successful ScotlandsPeople brand. ScotlandPeople is available online, in their offices in Edinburgh and, increasingly in Local Family History Centres.

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
You will find many Portobello examples among the numerous drawings and photographs of Scotland’s built heritage.

The National Library of Scotland
Apart from its millions of books, periodicals and manuscripts the NLS also hosts the Scottish Screen Archive and the Scottish Map Library.

Scotlands Places
Here you can get access to a number of national databases by simply entering a place name such as Portobello into a box and clicking Search.

Capital Collections
This is a collection of images and material from the collections of Edinburgh City Library, museums and galleries.

Portobello Online

This is the Portobello community website. It has Directories of local businesses and organisations, Galleries of old and new photographs, information about “What’s On” and useful Links, including to archive copies of the community newspaper, the Portobello Reporter.

Big Things on the Beach

Here you can find out what this public art trust, formed by local people, has done since its formation in 2003 and what its plan are for the future.

Portobello Open Door (POD)

POD was set up to harness the talents of Portobello’s many resident artists, musicians and various performers not only to put on events but also to develop arts and culture among all sections of the community.

Musselburgh Conservation Society

A similar group in our neighbour burgh; The Musselburgh Conservation Society was founded more than 25 years ago, and exists to preserve Musselburgh’s built heritage and encourage good-quality new designs which will last into the future.

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