Leaking dome at Nationwide Data of Scotland causes huge injury to treasured historic paperwork

A few of Scotland’s treasured and irreplaceable historic data have been broken after torrents of rain leaked in by means of a dome which has wanted restore work for various years.

The injury to a number of paperwork, together with marriage and demise certificates courting from 1800 occurred final Tuesday night time on the Nationwide Data of Scotland (NRS) on Princes Road, following hours of torrential rain and thunder storms swept massive elements of Scotland.

The National Records Scotland building on Edinburgh's Princes Street. Picture: Richard Rogerson/Creative Commons 2.0

The Nationwide Data Scotland constructing on Edinburgh’s Princes Road. Image: Richard Rogerson/Artistic Commons 2.zero

Former workers mentioned the dome, behind the constructing, had been leaking for a few years however that regardless of it being reported on many events by a lot of workers it was not given precedence for restore.


Checks carried out for the reason that flood injury have revealed that stories of the leaks had not been forwarded to the related division.

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It’s understood the issue was found by the Register of Scotland and workers final Wednesday morning once they turned up for work.

The workplace went in to “emergency” mode as extra leaks had developed.

Workers then spent the remainder of the day transferring heritage paperwork from “excessive danger” areas to secure areas, however it’s believed various data have been soaked to such an extent they might not be capable of be salvaged.

Final Friday civil servants had been e-mailed as a plea went out for volunteers to present their phone numbers in order that they may very well be contacted at quick discover to return in and assist safeguard paperwork if there was extra rain on the weekend.

The Met Workplace issued climate warnings for thunderstorms and heavy rain from final Friday into early this week for big elements of Scotland.

The official “remember” warning was in place from 7pm final Friday till 10am the next day. In a press release the NRS admitted some injury had been finished, water had received into the constructing and typically it relied on workers volunteers.

A spokeswoman at NRS mentioned: “A small variety of marriage, demise, and nonetheless start data from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century had been barely affected by water.

“There was no lack of info as we have now strong procedures for coping with incidents which have the potential to have an effect on our data and paperwork. These procedures, which embrace a workforce of volunteer workers being on stand-by to reply if needed, had been applied. All data held in New Register Home have been digitised and the place open to public entry, will be accessed on-line through our ScotlandsPeople web site.”

NRS holds data spanning the 12th to the 21st centuries together with many native and personal archives.