The Welcome Café on the Corner of Ayr Road and Glaisnock Street, Cumnock c 1965. Reference CO3/17/1/22/1
Today we are celebrating the release of our new Kilmarnock Academy catalogue. This collection contains a wide variety of records from school log books, to admission registers, pupil record cards and school magazines. This is one of the most extensive school collections we hold at Ayrshire Archives, with the records in this collection extending from 1876 until 2018. An additional 341 items has been added to this catalogue and are now available to researchers for the first time. These records are held at the Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock, should you wish to view any of the records within this collection, please contact us.
Recently Ayrshire Archives staff had the opportunity to provide the Scottish Genealogy Network with a behind the scenes tour of our facilities at the Burns Monument Centre.
After a brief introduction to the history of Ayrshire Archives, the group had the rare opportunity to view the archive store. This provided the group with the chance to view the extent of our collections, as well learning about preservation methods used by archivists. The Scottish Genealogy Network also had the chance to view some of the hidden gems within our collections including the Papal Bull of Clement VI, one of our oldest records at the Burns Monument Centre, dating back to the 18th of June, 1348.
The tour then concluded with an exhibition of our collections were we placed on display a wide variety of records including those useful for conducting genealogy searches, such as the Kirk Session minute books. Archive staff also used the Kilmarnock Academy Admission Registers and Pupil Record Cards to demonstrate how school records could be used by those conducting their family history research. Also on display were local business, estate and society records such as the Kilmarnock Burns Club Minute book and the writing albums of Margaret Auld and Effie Kennedy – please view their online catalogue here!
To learn more about the Scottish Genealogy Network, please visit their website: http://scottishgenealogynetwork.blogspot.com/