Some of the staff at Ayrshire Archives recently attended a training visit to Perth and Kinross Council Archive and the Royal Scottish Georgraphical Society Public Visitor and Education Centre. Organised by the Scottish Records Association, the day began with a tour around Perth and Kinross Council Archive. This provided the opportunity to gain an insight into the layout of the repository, including the searchroom and mezzanine store used to hold the records. The archivist discussed the environmentally controlled conditions which monitor and regulate the store in addition to the range of the collections held by the local authority archive. The archivist had also arranged an exhibition which was on display allowing us to view some of the intricate maps and plans the repository holds relating to the area.
The latter part of the day involved a visit to the Royal Scottish Geographical Society Public Visitor and Education Centre, located at Fair Maiden House. We received a tour of the centre and store by the volunteers who run the service. They informed us about the evolution and function of the society in addition to the vast collection of maps it holds. The society members and volunteers discussed how the society aims to promote awareness of the vast range of geographical sciences, research and exploration.
We would like to thank the Scottish Records Association for organising this event. We would also like to thank the staff at Perth and Kinross Council Archive and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for the highly interesting visits.