National Records of Scotland - NRS

From 1 April 2011, the General Register Office for Scotland merged with the NAS to become the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

The NAS has been making the archives of Scotland available through its publications since the early 19th century. So whether you are studying history or reading it purely for your own pleasure, our range of Publications can help bring the past alive.

In Edinburgh's city centre there are three search rooms where you can consult all government and private records which are held by the NAS and are open to public access. In the search rooms you have access to a full range of research services, including advice from staff. Alternatively, it is possible to carry out some research remotely, either by using this website, or by making enquiries by post, e-mail, telephone or fax.

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  • 27 August 2015 12:30-12:50pm

Trace is a new, part-improvised, group-vocal acoustic performance work created within and in response to the vast, neo-classical ‘Adam Dome’ of General Register House.

It emerges from an experimental vocal process of ‘opening up’ and ‘re-articulating’ relationships with space and place in the immediate and intimate moment that each work is made. For the Edinburgh Art Festival, the place is the historic purpose-built eighteenth century home of Scotland’s contemporary working archive of personal history.

This durational performance work will evolve moment-by-moment through a dynamic interchange between the vocalists and the acoustic dynamics of the space, and people who are present. There will be no special seating for this short performance, allowing the audience to move and experience the shifting quality of the sound from different positions within the room. Their movement, in turn will influence the performance of the vocalists and the acoustics of the room.

Using sound as a sculptural medium to explore perception of place and time through site-specific and immersive works, Deb Marshall’s approach is intensely personal and wholly public. It is collaborative in that no work is ever completed solo – depending always on the presence of others participating with or without intent as performers or audience. Her works emerge through live or pre-recorded sound interventions that respond to and challenge the meaning of what is manifest in the visual field - the nature of the specific place and the objects within it.


National Records of Scotland - NRS
The National Archives of Scotland, H M General Register House, 2 Princes Street




0131 535 1314

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