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!
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