The catalogues for schools starting with ‘C’ in the Ayrshire area are now available on our School Records page. Please take a look and remember to check back as we will be adding to this.
A list detailing the Monumental Inscriptions booklets held at Ayrshire Archives is now available on our Resources page. These have been produced by local family history societies and contain details of headstones in cemeteries in the local area. These can be used in order to identify where your ancestor was buried. Please check back as we will be adding more helpful resources to this page.
Our Frequently Asked Questions page is now available. Please take a look to find answers on a range of topics.
Today for our mini exhibition we have chosen to display the marriage contract of Abe Shockley, one of Cromwell’s soldiers and Margaret Campbell who got married in 1657. This details the financial agreement between the two families which occurred before the marriage.
Please see below for some of our other collections which offer insight into marriage and love throughout the ages.
Our catalogues for Ayrshire schools are gradually being published online. We currently have the catalogues for schools beginning with A and B. Please check back as we will be adding to this over the coming months.
As part of my role as graduate trainee at Ayrshire Archives I have been given the opportunity to experience other archives as well as attending courses and conferences. Last Tuesday the assistant archivist and I went to Edinburgh to attend a workshop on writing a disaster plan at the National Records of Scotland
This workshop was run by the Scottish Council of Archives to enable archivists to be fully prepared if a disaster should happen. As the graduate trainee, this provided valuable insight into how an archive building is managed as well as the preparation that is necessary to ensure that valuable records are protected as much as possible. It emphasised the different roles people played if anything were to happen – including the importance of a cup of tea! We were also able to get a brief look at the inside of the NRS building when we were guided to the conference room, we passed through the legal library which was truly impressive.
After the workshop was over we were able to go to the National Library of Scotland in order to view the exhibition, ‘A journey through maps.’ The exhibition contained a range of maps from the modern day to those where Scotland was barely recognisable from what we understand today. This was extremely interesting as we hold a significant collection of maps and plans at Ayrshire Archives.
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