Thursday, 28 January 2016

NLS launches 1930s Land Utilisation Survey maps

From the National Library of Scotland (

New map viewer compares Scottish land use in 1930s with today

This new viewer is a collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland, and allows 1930s Land Utilisation Survey maps to be compared to the 2015 Historic Land Use Assessment Layer (HLA). The link is

The HLA layer has been deliberately coloured to closely match the six main categories of the 1930s Land Utilisation Survey and shows striking changes in Scotland's land use during the 20th century, including afforestation and expanding urban areas. At the local level, you can see new reservoirs, roads, and significant changes to patterns of farming.

View the land-use comparison viewer.

In other NLS news, the Scotland on Film website has also been updated at

Screen website has re-launched with improved capabilities. This educational website, built in partnership with Education Scotland and Creative Scotland, can now be viewed on all platforms including tablets and smartphones.

Containing hundreds of free-to-watch short films and clips from our Moving Image Archive, the website also has guidance on how to use archive film in school projects and lessons.

Finally, the new NLS blog is now up and running at

(With thanks to the NLS)


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