Professional Visits

On Friday 16 September, several institutions in Scotland will open their doors with special tours for iPres 2022 delegates focusing on digital preservation and showing off their collections. You are all invited to register now.

The last day of the conference (Friday 16 September) is reserved for visits to Scottish institutions. The Professional Visits Program allows all iPres 2022 attendees to take a peek into the digital preservation world of Scotland and to see how some of Scotlands’ best collections are being preserved.

If you are registered, you will receive an email to sign up to the visits.  Should you have any issues please email

Travel to the Venue

Most of the venues you can visit are in Glasgow, some of them at a longer distance away from Glasgow and we also offer one virtual tour. You will travel on your own (except for the visit to Edinburgh) and a host will welcome you at the venue.

Guided Tours

The hosting organizations will offer guided tours in which they will present their achievements in digital preservation. The tours start at different times, so please read up on your favorite professional visits by clicking on the institute of your choice here below:

Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Length of visit: 2 to 3 hours

We will offer conference delegate the chance to hear about the work of the moving image & sound collections in preserving and providing access to our collections, there will be opportunity to browse and discover our digital collections, we will provide tours of our digital and digitisation facilities, covering digitisation of film, video and audio, digital restoration and physical and digital workflows. We will provide a short information Q&A session on the challenges of digital preservation in our work to preserve Scotland’s moving image and sound heritage.

How to get there
Kelvin Hall, 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AW

Nearest subway station is Kelvinhall, then a 5 minutes walk to the destination.
Nearest bus stop is Bunhouse Road, the 2 and 3 buses go from the city centre to this stop.


Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
Length of visit: 2 hours

The Library is home to the teams that manage and deliver services such as open access and the institutional repository (StrathPrints), research data management and preservation, archives and special collections, transformative agreements and digital literacy. During the visit, Strathclyde staff will give a brief presentation regarding our provision of the services, followed by an open discussion of any related matters (1 hour) and a tour of the Andersonian Library (1 hour). Relevant platforms used at Strathclyde: ePrints, Archivematica, AtoM, Samvera, LibGuides, ALMA & Primo, and PURE.

How to get there
Andersonian Library, Curran Building, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow – please use main entrance (opposite Strathclyde Sport)

 Access to the Library for those with mobility difficulties is via the lift just inside the main entrance. Please indicate in advance if access using this route is required.

Time: 10am – 3:30pm
Length of visit: 5.5 hours

The University of St Andrews offers coffee and cake and then a visit to the Wardlaw Museum including born digital exhibition items, followed by a walking tour of the medieval town and university. After lunch (bring or buy your own) there will be a discussion of challenges and achievements in digital preservation in higher education. After the visit, visitors may be interested in visiting the World Golf Museum, St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews Castle, the Old Course, the West Sands beach, Dundee for the V&A Dundee museum (n.b. closes at 17.00) or local distilleries.

How to get there
University of St Andrews, College Gate, St Andrews, Fife
From Glasgow to Fife it takes around 2:30 hours:

Time: 10.30am
Length of visit: 1 – 1.5 hours

This professional visit offers a tour of the Dewar’s Archive. Founded in 1846 by John Dewar, John Dewar & sons Ltd has grown from a small wine and spirits merchant shop in Perth, Scotland, to become a globally renowned and celebrated blended scotch whisky. There are two archive storerooms and one bottle storeroom. The tour includes a show and tell of some of our most interesting items, a talk about the history of our company, and a discussion of the kind of work we do.

How to get there
UK Operations Centre, 1700 London Road, Glasgow

Nearest bus stop is Birnham Road, 64 goes from centre to here.

Time: 2pm
Length of visit: 1 hour 15 minutes

A Self guided Heritage Exhibition experience! This visit gives a tour of our production area to understand the production process of whisky. Including 2 x 15ml samples of whisky. Driver’s pack available to book in advance/on request.

Our archivists will NOT be on site at the distillery as they are offering tours back at our archive store in Glasgow (see above visit), but there is a carefully curated museum as part of the experience which includes original archive materials. Get a taste of the experience here.

How to get there
Aberfeldy, Perthshire, PH15 2EB, Scotland

From Glasgow to Aberfeldy it takes about 3 hours:

Time: 9.30am – 5pm
Length of visit: All day
Deadline for registration: 1 September 2022

You’ll travel by private coach from the iPres venue in Glasgow to Edinburgh and get to visit one of the following institutions: the National Records of Scotland, National Library of Scotland, Museum on the Mound or the University of Edinburgh. You will be guided to Edinburgh City Chambers for a reception lunch (hosted by Edinburgh City Archives) with representatives from local community and heritage organizations with an interest in digital preservation. Laura Mitchell, Deputy Keeper of the Records of Scotland, and former Chair of DPC, will provide a short address to welcome delegates to the city. Back in Glasgow by 5pm!

Time details
0930am: In-person delegates collected from Glasgow Technology & Innovation Centre (iPres venue)

1030-1045: Arrival in central Edinburgh.
Delegates to be met by Ed Preserves ‘welcome party’, split into four groups of c.10-20 and guided to each respective host venue.

1100am-100pm: In-person visit + light refreshments – NRS, NLS, Museum on the Mound, University of Edinburgh

1.00pm: Delegates guided to Edinburgh City Chambers for a reception lunch (hosted by Edinburgh City Archives).

3.30pm: Pick up from central Edinburgh and return to Glasgow

5.00pm: Arrival at Glasgow Technology & Innovation Centre

How to get there
Transport between Glasgow and Edinburgh (private coach) will be covered for all in-person delegates. Catering will be provided for all delegates.

Click here to see drop-off point and location of in-person visit locations.

How to get back
A coach will be provided collecting delegates from the pick up from central Edinburgh at 3.30pm and taking delegates back to Glasgow if they wish.

OPTIONAL EXTRA: Post-lunch Tour
Following lunch at Edinburgh City Chambers, up to 12 delegates will be welcome to make their way to Johnnie Walker Princes Street, one of Edinburgh’s newest and most exciting tourist attractions, and home to part of the Diageo Archive. Whilst there, delegates will be treated to a tour of the Johnnie Walker Archive Room, followed by a Journey of Flavour tour and whisky tasting (2 hours in total).

Approximate timings for this optional extra are as follows:
1530 Leave lunch venue and walk to Johnnie Walker Princes Street (approx. 15 min walk)
1545 Arrival at Johnnie Walker Princes Street and tour of Archive Room
1630 Journey of Flavour tour and whisky tastings
1800 Finish

Please note that delegates will have to pay the cover charge of £28 per person for the Journey of Flavour of tour and will also need to arrange their own travel back from Edinburgh. Haymarket Railway Station is approximately a 15 minute walk from Johnnie Walker Princes Street.

Places for this optional extra are first-come-first-served, so please email to confirm this tour and to get the booking link which you will then book directly.

Time: 11am – 12pm
Length of visit: 2 hours

NatWest Group Heritage Hub/Archives

Sign up for a tour of the aArchives of NatWest Group, made up of nearly 250 past and present banks that have joined together over the centuries.

Time: 11am to 12.30pm
Length of visit: 1.5 hours

Guests will be welcomed to our Library Reading Room where there will be a chance to see some treasures from our collection and hear a bit more about them and the College’s history from the Heritage team. There will also be a chance to chat and enjoy some tea/coffee and sweet treats.

How to get there
232-242 St Vincent St, Glasgow G2 5RJ

From Glasgow Central Train Station – 7 minutes walking
From Queen Street Train Station – 12 minutes walking
From Buchanan Street Subway Station – 10 minutes walking

The College is fully accessible for wheelchair users and there is an easy-access toilet.

Time: Morning – 10.30am / Afternoon – 2pm
Length of visit: 2 x 1.5 hour visits

The professional visit to the BBC offices will offer a short tour of Pacific Quay, BBC Scotland’s television and radio studio complex, and a demonstration of the Digital Library used to manage Scottish archive content.

How to get there
BBC, Pacific Quay, Pacific Drive, Glasgow

Nearest bus stop is Festival Park, x19 goes from City of Glasgow College to here.
Nearest train station is Exhibition Centre, delegates can get the train from Argyle Street which is a 10 minute walk from the iPres venue.

Length of visit: 3 hours
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

We welcome IPres delegates to the University to explore some of our world class collections across The Hunterian and Archives & Special Collections. 

  •  Starting at the Hunterian, we’ll enjoy a tour of the Art Gallery before visiting the Museum and the Curating Discomfort exhibition. Then onto Archives & Special Collections to explore our work engaging with the University’s heritage and enjoying a glimpse of some of our treasures. Light refreshments will be provided along with plenty of opportunities for discussion. 
  • 10:00: Meet at The Hunterian Art Gallery & The Mackintosh House
  • 10:45: The Hunterian Museum
  • 11:30: Refreshments at the University Library
  • 12:00: Archives & Special Collections

Following your visit, you may wish to discover more of the University campus through the University’s self-guided tour:

 Or book a spot on the guided tour of the University departing at 14:00. Please note, this tour must be booked separately in advance, payment is required:

How to get there:

Nearest subway station is Kelvinbridge and then a 10 minute walk.

Length of visit: 2 hours
Time: 1:30 – 3:30pm

Staff will lay out a small display which tells the story of Glasgow and its emergence as one of the great cities of the Empire. A member of staff will speak to the exhibition. Tea/coffee and cake will be provided.

How to get there:

Nearest train station is Charing Cross, can get the train from Glasgow Queen Street

Can get the 18 bus from Queen Street Bus stop to Sauchiehall Street and then a 5 minute walk

Length of visit: 1.5 hours
Time: 2:00 – 3.30pm

Primary Address –  2060 Pollokshaws Road, Pollok Park, Glasgow, GB G43 1AT

The Burrell Collection has recently reopened after a £68.25 million project to refurbish and re-imagine this iconic museum. It houses the vast art collection of Sir William and Constance Lady Burrell who gifted their vast riches to the City of Glasgow in one of the greatest civic gifts of all time. A key part of the project was to bring the collection alive through the imaginative used of digital media and AV. Join David Scott, Digital Manager of the project on a tour of magnificent art and architecture.

Contact Person – Martin Bellamy and Celine Blair

Length of visit: 1.5 hours
Time: 2:00 – 3.30pm

Primary Address –  200 Woodhead Road, South Nitshill Industrial Estate, Glasgow, G53 7NN

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (GMRC) is the store for the museums’ collections when they are not on display at our venues.It is a vast building with rooms full of fantastic objects, from animals to armour, fine art to fossils, and much, much more. The main collections stored here are Art and Paintings, Arms and Armour, Natural History, Technology and World Cultures.The 17 purpose-built and environmentally controlled storage ‘pods’ house around 1.4 million objects. In fact, only 2% of our collections are on display at any one time and the majority of the remaining objects are stored here.Join Dr Martin Bellamy, Research and Curatorial Manager on a tour behind the scenes at the museum.

Contact Person – Martin Bellamy, Neil Johnson-Symington and Heather Robertson

Length of visit: 1.5 hours
Time: 2:00 – 3:30pm

Primary Address –  Riverside Museum 100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, GB G3 8RS

Riverside Museum is Scotland’s museum of travel and transport. It houses the city’s fabulous transport and technology collections, which have been gathered over the centuries and which reflect the important part Glasgow has played in the world through its contributions to heavy industries like shipbuilding, train manufacturing and engineering.The museum was designed by internationally renowned architect, Dame Zaha Hadid. It opened in 2011 and was voted European Museum of the Year.

Join the museum’s transport curators on a tour around this award winning museum.

We are still adding professional visits to this list.