Ayrshire Archives and Libraries
Ayrshire, under the 1960s local government reorganisation of Scotland, became part of the Strathclyde Region which had a number of archives.
The regional archives are the Strathclyde Regional Archives at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow. The former Strathclyde District Libraries for Cunninghame, Cumnock & Doon, Kilmarnock & Loudon and Kyle & and Carrick, following further reorganisation have been restructured with centres serving Ayrshire as a whole as well as three District Archives:
Ayrshire Archives Headquarters (South Ayrshire) are now located at the Watson Peat Building, SAC Auchincruive, Ayr KA6 5HN, telephone 01292 616260. They are open to visitors every Tuesday from 9.30am-1pm and 2pm-4pm by appointment only. Please telephone 01292 521819 Monday to Friday to make an appointment or email archives[at]south-ayrshire.gov[dot]uk
North Ayrshire - Saltcoats
(The Heritage Centre will be closed to the public until further notice to allow for vital improvement works. Email naheritage[at]north-ayrshire.gov[dot]uk or call 01294 464174 with any enquiries.)
(Looking at their web site this may now be out of date as they are advertising opening times throughout 2019.)
North Ayrshire Heritage & Cultural Services, including its genealogy & local history service, is now located at the Townhouse, Irvine. See their Facebook page.
East Ayrshire - Kilmarnock
Burns Monument Centre,
Tel: 01292 616260
The former three addresses are included below for convenience.
South Ayrshire District
Main Street, Ayr
Ayrshire KA8 8ED, Scotland
Tel: (01292) 286385; Fax: (01292) 611593
North Ayrshire District
39/41 Princes Street
Ardrossan Ayrshire KA22 8BT, Scotland
Tel: (01294) 469682 Fax: (01294) 469682
East Ayrshire District
The Dick Institute
Kilmarnock, KA1 3BU, Scotland
Museum & Gallery opening hours
Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm
Closed Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays.
Full disabled access available.
Tel: 01563 554300
Baird Institute History Centre and Museum
Lugar Street, Cumnock
Ayrshire KA18 1AD, Scotland
Tel: (01290) 427084.
The Baird Institute History Centre and Museum holds collections of Mauchline Ware of world importance complemented by many items of Cumnock Pottery as well as a wide range of resources which relate to the history of Cumnock and the Doon Valley area – museum collections, archives, photographs, audio visual materials, books, maps and newspapers. One room is also dedicated to James Keir Hardie, founder of the Labour Party, and contains many of his personal belongings.
Opening hours Thursday – Saturday 11am – 5pm, Closed on public holidays.
The following national archives may be useful to family historians:
SCRAN The Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (SCRAN) is a Millennium Project to build a networked multimedia resource base for the study, teaching and appreciation of history and material culture in Scotland. Their website has an easy to use search engine.
Family History Societies
Family History Societies covering Ayrshire include: