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Archives and information governance


The archives are stored in the records store at Williamwood High School. We hold the historic records of several of our previous local authorities, and of various other local organisations of historical interest.

Detail from an 18th century map of Renfrewshire

I want access to a specific item I already know is in the archives

Copies of our archival lists (where these are available) can be found under related documents.

You can find out more about our archives or arrange a visit by contacting the Council Records Manager on 0141 577 3059. Alternatively, you can make a request online:

I want to find out about my family history

image of Capelrig particulars

If you have a genealogical enquiry and are not sure where to start the heritage service can help:

The registration service can look for historical copies of birth, marriage and death certificates for you (this is a charged service):

I want to find out about local history but don't know where to start

Access to the council archives is by appointment. If you are not sure exactly what you want to look at, but would like to learn more about the local area or to view our local studies collections held in our libraries, the heritage service can help:

[uncatalogued] image from WW2

You can also have a look at Portal to the Past. This contains a searchable database allowing you to access information about thousands of items in our collection including, maps, photographs, documents, museum objects and much more. Many items are available to view online, particularly our photograph collection.


I want to find out about old Barrhead Buildings

The Archives have prepared a list of the building plans from the Burgh of Barrhead from between 1894 and 1910. For details, follow the link on this page.

How do I get to the archives?

Access to the archives is by appointment only. The Council Records Manager will provide full details of where to go when your booking is confirmed. The archives are stored at Williamwood High School.

Williamwood High School
Eaglesham Road
East Renfrewshire
G76 8RF

If you are unsure how to get there by public transport, we recommend you use the Traveline Scotland journey planner to find the best route from your location.

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