Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

13/12/2004

A Directory of Scottish Archives

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Aberdeen City Archives *
Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen AB10 1AQ
T: 01224 522 513
F: 01224 638 556
E: archives@aberdeencity.gov.uk
W: http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk
Opening times: By appointment only; Wednesday – Friday 0930 – 1630

University of Aberdeen *
Special Libraries and Archives, King’s College, Aberdeen AB24 3SW
T: 01224 272598
F: 01224 273891
E: speclib@abdn.ac.uk
W: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/heritage
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 0930 – 1630 (prior contact advisable)
For a Virtual Tour click on the University of Aberdeen Special Libraries and Archives website.

Aberdeenshire Council Archives *
Old Aberdeen House, Dunbar Street, Aberdeen AB24 3UJ
T: 01224 481 775
F: 01224 495 830
E: archives@aberdeencity.gov.uk
W: http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk
Opening times: By appointment only; Monday – Wednesday 0930 – 1300, 1400 – 1630

Angus Archives *
Montrose Library, 214 High Street, Montrose DD10 8PH
T: 01674 671 415
F: 01674 671 810
E: angus.archives@angus.gov.uk
W: http://www.angus.gov.uk/history/default.htm
Opening times: Monday to Friday 0930 – 1700
Click here for a General Information Leaflet
Click here for the Virtual Tour

Argyll and Bute Council Archives
Kilmory, Manse Brae, Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8QU
T: 01546 604 774
F: 01546 606 897
W: http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk
Opening times: Tuesday to Friday (by arrangement only) 1000 – 1300, 1400 – 1630

Ayrshire Archives*
Ayrshire Archives Centre
Craigie Estate, Ayr KA8 0SS
T: 01292 287 584
F: 01292 284 918
E: archives@south-ayrshire.gov.uk
W: http://www.ayrshirearchives.org.uk
Opening times: Tuesday to Thursday (by arrangement only) 1000 – 1630

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Bank of Scotland Archives
12 Bankhead Crossway South, Sighthill, Edinburgh EH11 4EN
T: 0131 529 1288 or 1305
F: 0131 529 1307
E: Archives@bankofscotland.co.uk
W: http://www.bankofscotland.co.uk/
Opening Hours: By appointment only

Bute Archive at Mount Stuart *
Mount Stuart House and Gardens, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 9LR
T: 01700 503 877
F: 01700 505 313
W: http://www.mountstuart.com/
Opening hours: By appointment only

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Clackmannanshire Council Archives
26-28 Drysdale Street, ALLOA FK10 1JL
T: 01259 722 262
F: 01259 219 469
E: libraries@clacks.gov.uk
W: http://www.clacksweb.org.uk/dyna/archives
Opening times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 0930 – 1900;
Tuesday 0930-1630;
Saturday 0900 – 1230

Clan Donald Centre Library *
Armadale, Sleat, Isle of Skye IV45 8RS
T: 01599 534 454
F: 01471 844 275
E: library@cland.demon.co.uk
W: http://www.clandonald.com
Opening Hours: Easter to October: Monday to Sunday 0930 – 1730 November to Easter: by appointment only, Monday to Friday 0930 – 1700

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Dumfries and Galloway Archives *
Archive Centre, 33 Burns Street, Dumfries DG1 2PS
T: 01387 269 254
F: 01387 264 126
E: libarchive@dumgal.gov.uk
W: http://www.dumgal.gov.uk
Opening times (it is generally prudent to book):
Monday – 1100-1300, 1400-1700
Tuesday – 1100-1300, 1400-1700
Wednesday – 1100-1300, 1400-1700
Thursday -1800-2100
Friday – 1100-1300, 1400-1700
Click here for Virtual Tour

Dumfries and Galloway Health Board Archives
Easterbrook Hall, Crichton Royal Hospital, Dumfries DG1 4TG
T: 01387 244 228
F: 01387 269 696
Opening Hours: By appointment only: Tuesday to Friday 0930 – 1630

Dundee City Archives *
Archive & Record Centre, 21 City Square, Dundee DD1 3BY
Callers please use 1 Shore Terrace, Dundee
T: 01382 434494
F: 01382 434666
E: archives@dundeecity.gov.uk
W: http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/archives
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 0915 – 1300 and 1400-1645.
Appointments should be made 3 days in advance

Dundee University Archives *
Tower Building, University of Dundee Dundee DD1 4HN
T: 01382 344 095
F: 01382 345 523
E: archives@dundee.ac.uk
W: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/archives/
Opening Hours:
Term time (prior contact advisable):
Monday – Wednesday 0900-1300, 1400-1800
Thursday closed
Friday 0900-1300, 1400-1700
Vacation time (prior contact advisable):
Monday – Wednesday 0900-1300, 1400-1700
Thursday closed
Friday 0900-1300, 1400-1700

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East Dunbartonshire Council Information and Archives
William Patrick Library, 2-4 West High Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1AD
T: 0141 776 8090
F: 0141 776 0408
W: http://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/
E: sarah.chubb@eastdunbarton.gov.uk
Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday 1000-2000
Friday-Saturday 1000-1700
(prior contact advisable)

East Lothian Council Local History Centre
Haddington Library, Newton Port, Haddington, EH41 3HA
T: 01620 823307
W: http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/
Opening hours:
Monday 1400-1800
Tuesday 1000-1300, 1400-1900
Thursday 1400-1900
Friday 1400-1700
(prior contact advisable)

Edinburgh City Archives
City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ
T: 0131 529 4291
W: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 0900 – 1300, 1400 – 1630 (prior contact advisable)

Edinburgh University Library: Special Collections Division *
Edinburgh University Library, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ
T: 0131 650 8379
F: 0131 650 6863
E: special.collections@ed.ac.uk
W: http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk/lib/resources/collections/specdivision/
Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday (term-time) 0900-1900
Friday (term-time) 0900-1700 ;
Monday to Friday (vacation) 0900-1700.
Prior contact advisable.

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Falkirk Council Archives *
History Research Centre, Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk FK1 1YR
T: 01324 503 778 or 01324 503779
E: callendar.house@falkirk.gov.uk
W: http://www.falkirk.gov.uk/
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 1000 -1230, 1330 – 1700
Online leaflets available
1. Guide to Falkirk Museums History Research Centre
2. A Guide to Family History Research in the History Research Centre
3. A Guide to Local Industrial History Research in the History Research Centre
4. A Guide to Local Social History Research in the History Research Centre
5. A Guide to the Photographic Collections in the History Research Centre
Click here for the Virtual Tour

Fife Council Archive Centre *
Carleton House, The Haig Business Park, Balgonie Road, Markinch, KY7 6AQ
T: 01592 413256 or 01592 416504
E: andrew.dowsey@fife.gov.uk
Opening hours: By appointment only
Monday 0900-1700
Tuesday 0900-1915
Wednesday to Friday 0900-1700
Online leaflets available
1. Fife Council Archive Centre: A Brief Guide to the Records
2. Valuation Rolls at the Fife Council Archive Centre

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Glasgow Caledonian University Library and Information Centre *
Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA
T: 0141 331 3199
F: 0141 331 3005
E: C.McCallum@gcal.ac.uk
W: http://www.lib.gcal.ac.uk/speccoll/index.htm
Opening hours: Open during term time and vacation from Monday to Friday 1000-1600. External users should always contact the library in advance of their visit to arrange access.

Glasgow City Council Archives and Special Collections*
Level 2, The Mitchell, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN
T: 0141 287 2910 0r 2988
F: 0141 287 2815
E: lil@cls.glasgow.gov.uk
W: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/
Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday 0900 – 2000,
Friday to Saturday 0900 to 1700
Material is not available from the archives after 1700 on Monday and Wednesday.

Glasgow School of Art *
167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ
T: 0141 353 4592
F: 0141 353 4670
E: archives@gsa.ac.uk
W: http://www2.gsa.ac.uk/library/archives/index.html
Opening hours: By appointment only: Glasgow School of Art Archives are open for research Monday to Friday, 0930-1200 and 1400-1700

Glasgow University Archive Services *
13 Thurso Street, Glasgow G11 6PE
T: 0141 330 5515
F: 0141 330 4158
E: enquiries@archives.gla.ac.uk
W: http://www.archives.gla.ac.uk
Online Newsletter: http://www.archives.gla.ac.uk/about/dunaskin/default.html
Opening hours: Prior contact advisable
Monday 1330-1700
Tuesday to Wednesday 0930-1700
Thursday 0930-2000 (By appointment only after 1700)
Friday 0930 – 1700

Glasgow University Library Special Collections *
Hillhead Street, Glasgow G12 8QE
T: 0141 330 6767
F: 0141 330 3793
E: special@lib.gla.ac.uk
W: http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/
Opening hours: Prior contact advisable:
Monday – Thursday 0900-2030
Friday 1000-1700
Saturday 0900-1230 (term-time)
Monday – Thursday 0900-1700
Friday 1000-1700
Saturday 0900-1230 (vacation)

Greater Glasgow NHS Board Archive *
77-87 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow G11 6PW
T: 0141 330 2992
F: 0141 330 4158
E: gghb@archives.gla.ac.uk
W: http://www.archives.gla.ac.uk/gghb/
Opening hours: By appointment only. Access is mainly via the searchroom of Glasgow City Archives on certain days.

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Heriot-Watt University Archives *
Corporate Communication Division, Cameron Smail Library, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AS
T: 0131 451 3218 or 0131 451 3219
F: 0131 451 3164
E: A.E.Jones@hw.ac.uk
W: http://www.hw.ac.uk/archive/
Opening Hours: By appointment only: Monday to Friday 0930 – 1645

Highland Council Archive *
Inverness Library, Farraline Park, Inverness IV1 1NH
T: 01463 220 330
F: 01463 711 128
E: archives@highland.gov.uk
W: http://www.highland.gov.uk/educ/publicservices/archivedetails/highlandarchive.htm
Opening hours: By arrangement only: Monday – Thursday 1000 – 1300, 1400 – 1700
Click here for the Virtual Tour

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Jordanhill Archives *
University of Strathclyde
see Strathclyde University Jordanhill Library (including Jordanhill Archives)

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Lothian Health Services Archive *
Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ
T: 0131 650 3392
F: 0131 650 6863
E: lhsa@ed.ac.uk
W: http://www.lhsa.lib.ed.ac.uk/
Opening Hours: By appointment only:
Monday to Thursday (term-time) 0900 – 1900
Friday (term-time) 0900-1700
Monday-Friday (vacation) 0900-1700

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Midlothian Council Archives *
Local Studies Centre, Midlothian Library Headquarters, 2 Clerk Street, Loanhead, Midlothian EH20 9DR
T: 0131 271 3976
F: 0131 440 4635
E: local.studies@midlothian.gov.uk
Opening hours: Monday 0900 – 1700, 1800 – 2000
Tuesday – Thursday 0900 – 1700
Friday 0900 – 1545

Moray Council
Local Heritage Centre, Grant Lodge, Cooper Park, Elgin, Moray IV30 1HS
T: 01343 562 644
F: 01343 549 050
E: libstock@moray.gov.uk
W: http://www.moray.org/index.html
Opening hours:
Monday, Wednesday – Friday 1000 – 1700
Tuesday 1000 – 2000
Saturday 1000 – 1200

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National Archives of Scotland *
HM General Register House, 2, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY
T: 0131 535 1334 or 0131 535 1413
F: 0131 535 1328 or 0131 535 1411
E: enquiries@nas.gov.uk
W: http://www.nas.gov.uk
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 0900-1645.
It is advisable to contact the NAS in advance of any visit as many records are held off-site.
Click here for Virtual Tour

National Library of Scotland *
Manuscripts Division, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW
T: 0131 466 2812
F: 0131 466 2811
E: manuscripts@nls.uk
W: http://www.nls.uk
Prior contact advisable. Opening hours:
Monday to Tuesday, Thursday to Friday 0930 – 2030;
Wednesday 1000 – 2030; Saturday 0930 – 1300.
Manuscripts for evening use must be ordered before 4pm. On your first visit you will have to apply for either a temporary or long term reader’s ticket. Closed for stock-taking normally for a week in early October. Telephone for details of dates.

National Monuments Record of Scotland
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, John Sinclair House, 16 Bernard Terrace, Edinburgh EH8 9NL
T: 0131 662 1456
F: 0131 662 1499
E: nmrs@rcahms.gov.uk
W: http://www.rcahms.gov.uk
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 0930-1630

National Register of Archives for Scotland *
HM General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY
T: 0131 535 1405
F: 0131 535 1430
E: nra@nas.gov.uk
W: http://www.nas.gov.uk

National Trust for Scotland *
Wemyss House, 28 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4ET
T: 0131 243 9300
F: 0131 243 9301
E: information@nts.org.uk
W: http://www.nts.org.uk/
Opening hours: By appointment only.

Northern Health Services Archives *
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Woolmanhill, Aberdeen AB25 1LD
T: 01224 663 123 ext 55562
Opening hours: By appointment only: Monday to Friday 0900 – 1700
Online leaflet: General Information Leaflet available click here
Click here for the Virtual Tour

North Highland Archive *
Wick Library, Sinclair Terrace, Wick, Caithness, KW1 5AB
T: 01955 606432
F: 01955 603000
E: Rachael.Taylor@highland.gov.uk or Gail.Inglis@highland.gov.uk
W:http://www.highland.gov.uk
Opening hours:
Monday, Thursday – Friday 1000 – 1300, 1400 – 1730
Tuesday 1000 – 1300, 1400 – 2000
Wednesday 1000 – 1300

North Lanarkshire Archive *
Lenziemill Archive Centre, 10 Kelvin Road, Cumbernauld G67 2BA
T: 01236 737 114
F: 01236 781 762
E: museums@northlan.gov.uk
W: http://www.northlan.gov.uk/
Opening hours: Prior contact advisable.
Monday – Friday 0900 – 1700

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Orkney Library and Archives *
44, Junction Road, Kirkwall KW15 1AG
T: 01856 873 166
F: 01856 875 260
E: archives@orkneylibrary.org.uk
W: http://www.orkneylibrary.org.uk
Opening hours: By arrangement only:
Monday – Thursday 0900 – 2000,
Friday 0900 – 1800
Saturday 0900 – 1700
Click here for the Virtual Tour

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Perth and Kinross Council Archive *
A K Bell Library, 2-8 York Place, Perth PH2 8EP
T: 01738 477 012
F: 01738 477 010
E: archives@pkc.gov.uk
W: http://www.pkc.gov.uk/library/archive.htm
Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday, Friday 0930 – 1700; Thursday 0930 – 2000 (Thursday evenings by arrangement only)
Click here for the Virtual Tour

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The Royal Bank of Scotland Archives *
26 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2YB
T: 0131 523 2055 or 020 7615 6127
F: 0131 557 1623 or 020 7837 7560
E: archives@rbos.co.uk
W: http://www.rbs.co.uk/Group_Information/Memory_Bank/Our_Archives/default.htm
Opening hours: By appointment only: Monday to Friday 0930 – 1630

Royal College of Nursing Archives *
Scottish Board, 42 South Oswald Road, Edinburgh EH9 2HH
T: 0131 662 1010
F: 0131 662 1032
E: archives@rcn.org.uk
W: http://www.qmuc.ac.uk/hn/history/index.htm
Opening hours: By appointment only: Monday to Friday 0930 – 1600

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow *
234-242 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5RJ
T: 0141 221 6072
F: 0141 221 1804
E: carol.parry@rcpsg.ac.uk
W: http://www.rcpsglasg.ac.uk/library/archives.htm
Opening hours: By appointment only: Monday to Friday 0915-1700
Click here for the Virtual Tour

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh *
Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW
T: 0131 527 1630 or 0131 527 1632 or 0131 527 1702
F: 0131 557 6406
E: library@rcsed.ac.uk
W: http://www.rcsed.ac.uk/content/faciliti/Library/
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 0900 – 1700 (by prior arrangement only)

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St Andrews University Library *
Department of Special Collections, North Street, St Andrews KY16 9TR
T: 01334 462339
F: 01334 462282
E: library@st-andrews.ac.uk
W: http://specialcollections.st-and.ac.uk
Opening hours:
Term time:
Monday to Friday 0900 – 1230, 1400-1800
Saturday 0900 – 1230 (prior contact advisable)
Vacation:
Monday to Friday 0900 – 1230, 1400-1700
Saturday closed

Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre *
St Mary’s Mill, Selkirk TD7 5EU
T: 01750 724903
F: 01750 22875
E: archives@scotborders.gov.uk
W: http://www.scottishborders.gov.uk
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 0900 – 1300, 1400 – 1700; Friday 0900 – 1300, 1400 – 1530

Scottish Brewing Archives *
Glasgow University Archive Services, 13 Thurso Street, Glasgow G11 6PE
T: 0141 330 6079 / 5515
F: 0141 330 2640
E: sba@archives.gla.ac.uk
W: http://www.archives.gla.ac.uk/sba/default.html
Opening hours:
(by appointment only)
Wednesday 0930-1700
Thursday 0930-2000
Friday 0930-1700.

Scottish Catholic Archives
Columba House, 16 Drummond Place, Edinburgh EH3 6PL
T: 0131 556 3661
F: 0131 556 3661
E: sca@catholic-heritage.net
W: http://www.catholic-heritage.net/sca/
Opening hours: By appointment only:
Monday to Friday 1000-1600, but the Archives are liable to be closed on certain days and for lengthy periods. For up-to-date information see the SCA website.

Scottish Jewish Archives Centre *
129 Hill Street, Glasgow G3 6UB
T: 0141 332 4911
E: archives@sjac.fsbusiness.co.uk
W: http://www.sjac.org.uk
Opening hours: By appointment only: Friday 0930 – 1330

Scottish Life Archive
National Museums of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF
T: 0131 247 4076 / 4346
F: 0131 220 4312
E: d.kidd@nms.ac.uk or h.brunton@nms.ac.uk
W: http://www.nms.ac.uk
Opening hours: By appointment only: Monday to Friday 1000-1500

Scottish Music Centre
1 Bowmont Gardens, Glasgow G12 9LR
T: 0141 334 6394
F: 0141 337 1161
E: info@scottishmusiccentre.com
W: http://www.scottishmusiccentre.com
Opening times: 0930 – 1730, Monday to Friday

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Archive
Dean Gallery, Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DS
T: 0131 624 6252
F: 0131 623 7126
E: gmarchive@nationalgalleries.org
W: http://www.nationalgalleries.org/
Opening hours:By appointment only; 10.00-1.00 & 2.00 – 4.30, Monday –
Friday.

Scottish Screen Archive *
1 Bowmont Gardens, Glasgow G12 9LR
T: 0141 337 7400
F: 0141 337 7413
E: archive@scottishscreen.com
W: http://www.scottishscreen.com
Opening hours: researchers wishing to conduct research in person are required to make an appointment. Telephone enquiries can be made: Monday to Friday 1000-1200 hours, 1400-1600 hours. Outwith these hours researchers are welcome to fax or email their requests.
Click here for Virtual Tour

Scottish Theatre Archive *
Glasgow University Library, Hillhead Street, Glasgow G12 8QE
T: 0141 330 6767
F: 0141 330 3793
E: library@lib.gla.ac.uk
W: http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 0900-2030 (term-time), 0900-1700 (vacations); Friday 1000-1700; Sat 0900-1230 (except Christmas vacation).
It is advisable to make an appointment in advance of any visit.

Shetland Archives *
44 King Harald Street, Lerwick ZE1 0EQ
T: 01595 696247
F: 01595 696533
E: shetland.archives@sic.shetland.gov.uk
W: http://www.shetland.gov.uk/
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 0900 – 1300, 1400 – 1700;
Friday 0900 – 1300, 1400 – 1600

South Lanarkshire Council Archives and Information Managament Service*
30 Hawbank Road, College Milton, East Kilbride G74 5EX
T: 01355 239193
F: 01355 242365
W: http://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk
Opening hours: By arrangement only: Monday – Thursday 0930 – 1630; Friday 0930 – 1600

Stirling Council Archives Services *
Unit 6, Burghmuir Industrial Estate, Stirling FK7 7PY
T: 01786 450 745
F: 01786 443 005
E: archive@stirling.gov.uk
W: http://www.stirling.gov.uk/
Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday 1000 – 1230, 1330 – 1630. Prior contact advisable

Stirling University Library and Special Collections *
University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA
T: 01786 467 236
F: 01786 466 866
W: http://www.library.stir.ac.uk
Opening hours: By appointment only:Monday to Friday 0900-1700

Strathclyde University

Jordanhill Library (including Jordanhill Archives) *
University of Strathclyde, 76 Southbrae Drive, Glasgow G13 1PP
T: 0141 950 3308
F: 0141 950 3150
E: m.harrison@strath.ac.uk
W: http://www.strath.ac.uk/Departments/JHLibrary/archives/
Opening hours: Term time: Monday to Thursday 0900 – 2100; Friday to Saturday 0900 – 1700 (prior contact advisable) Vacation: Monday to Friday 0900 – 1700; Saturday 0900 – 1200 (prior contact advisable)
Strathclyde University Archives *
University of Strathclyde, McCance Building, 16 Richmond Street, Glasgow G1 1XQ
T: 0141 548 2397
F: 0141 552 0775
E: suarchives@mis.strath.ac.uk
W: http://www.strath.ac.uk/Departments/Archives/
Opening hours: By appointment only: Monday to Friday 1000-1400.

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West Lothian Council Archives *
7 9 Dunlop Square, Deans Industrial Estate, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 8SB
T: 01506 773770
E: archive@westlothian.gov.uk
W: http://www.westlothian.gov.uk/libraries
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 0900 – 1700; Friday 0900 – 1600

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