Ayrshire Archives is currently closed to visitors and enquiries -unfortunately, various factors, including the impact of Covid restrictions and the effect on our relocation to our new HQ have combined to delay the reopening of our searchrooms. The pandemic has been a testing time for all Archive services and we thank all our researchers for your patience and support. Relocating and stocktaking one of the largest local authority collections in the country during a pandemic, whilst also maintaining our statutory duties to the three Councils in Ayrshire has been a challenging time but hopefully we are approaching a new phase. Please check our website and social media platforms for regular updates on our reopening plans which we will post as soon as we can.
Ayrshire Archives is the local authority archive service for South Ayrshire Council, East Ayrshire Council and North Ayrshire Council.
The Ayrshire Archives Service was established in 1996 by the three Ayrshire councils to preserve and make accessible Ayrshire’s documentary heritage. The archive service looks after and provides access to records of historical importance belonging to the three local authorities and their predecessors, as well as private records that relate to the historical development of Ayrshire and Arran.
Ayrshire Archives covers the whole of Ayrshire including the Cumbraes and Arran and our collections are located at various repositories across Ayrshire.
The oldest record we hold is the Burgh Charter for the Town of Ayr, dated 1205, and signed by William the Lion, King of Scotland.