Scottish Genealogy Network Tour

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:


AA/DC/151/1/1: Margaret Auld and Effie Kennedy of Kilmarnock



AA/DC/151/1/1: Margaret Auld and Effie Kennedy of Kilmarnock



AA/DC211/1/6: Glenfield and Kennedy Catalogues



AA/DC211/1/3: Glenfield and Kennedy Catalogues


Glasgow Women’s Library Visit

As part of the graduate trainee programme, the archives team recently visited the Glasgow Women’s Library for a guided tour around the library and archive stores.20181029_133955

Opened in 1991, the Women’s Library has been located in Bridgeton since 2013 with the aim of collecting items and works by or about women.  The collection reflects on the lives of women of all ages and races throughout time. Alongside magazines and postcards depicting propaganda both for and against woman’s suffrage, the Library holds material relating to domestic violence charities such as Franki Raffles Zero Tolerance campaign for Women’s Aid and also the photo album of a World War Two Ambulance driver.


A selection of some of the material that can be found in the Women’s Library archive

Glasgow Women’s Library is also home to one of the most notable LGBT historical collections in the UK.

We learnt a great deal from our visit and would like to thank Glasgow Women’s Library for their fantastic tour!