The Scottish Roads Archive (formerly Glasgow Motorway Archive) is the largest private collection of roads and transportation records in Scotland. An independent organisation managed by volunteers, its aim is to locate, preserve and share these unique artefacts and to promote a wider understanding of the significant civil engineering projects behind them.
The Archive was inspired by John M. Cullen (1928-2018), formerly of Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners, and was made real by the generous donation of his private collection of engineering and technical records. Founded in 2010 with an initial focus on the Glasgow urban motorway system, it has since widened its interest to include all Scottish roads projects of the 20th century.
Through its website, the SRA seeks to provide a record of the planning, design, construction and subsequent development of Scotland’s post-war roads system. The social, economic and environmental issues associated with its construction are also considered.
The Archive’s work is keenly supported by Transport Scotland, CIHT Scotland and the ICE, and the team works closely with others in the archives and heritage sector such as Historic Environment Scotland and Glasgow City Archives. The SRA participates in regular events such as public talks, academic lectures and the annual Doors Open Days programme.
The Scottish Roads Archive is happy to accept donations of new material. Contact Us if you wish to get in touch.
Accessing the Archive
A catalogue of the records held by the Scottish Roads Archive is available below.
We are happy to discuss specific research requests and provide access to documents within the archive. Please contact us to discuss your requirements, providing a minimum of 1 weeks notice. Requests to use specific photographs or diagrams should also be made in writing.
Digitised copies of some records can be found within the "From the Archive" section of our articles.
The Scottish Roads Archive is grateful to the following companies for their support:
Eastford Excavations Ltd.
T: 01555 812452
HBS Scotland Ltd.
34 Burnbrae Road, Shotts, North Lanarkshire, ML7 5DW
If you would like to support the SRA's work please contact us to discuss.
The information and articles contained within this website are for educational and historical purposes only. All text, photographs and illustrations remain the copyright of the Scottish Roads Archive and must not be copied or reproduced without express permission.
The Scottish Roads Archive recognises that some of the images and illustrations presented on this website may be subject to external copyright and/or restrictions. These are acknowledged and highlighted where necessary and attributed to the original owners where possible/appropriate.
The Scottish Roads Archive is happy to acknowledge original authorship or ownership of any material produced here. Please contact us for more information.