Please note: due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak the Centre is currently closed, but our website is still open for business.

Treasures in the Local History Centre

The Local History Centre is your first stop for local research, whether it’s to discover more about local families (with records and registers dating back beyond the 1600s) or to find out more about a town, village or area of the county (with a wealth of maps, plans and photographs). Here you can read up on local news going back to 1859, check censuses, investigate valuation rolls and burial records … and a host of other resources. Here are some highlights from the collection.EarlyCar_Archives_ICCLA71_w

Photographic collection – 50,000+ images covering the entire county, ranging from the Victorian period to the modern day. Includes some local newspaper photo archives.

Local collections – families, businesses, local interest groups, individuals. These include: Burns clubs; angling clubs; protest groups; local solicitors’ papers; and many more …

1845 Stevenson plan: N Berwick–Elie ferry

The 1845 Stevenson plan:
N Berwick–Elie ferry

Maps & plans – Lots of local maps and plans/drawings of all sorts of developments and schemes; even includes a plan for a harbour in North Berwick, drawn up by the Lighthouse Stevensons!

Local History book stock  Including some 16th-century printed books which were in the Dunbar Presbytery Library, but also a wide range of local publications on all sorts of topics.

Newspapers  We hold microfilm copies of local newspapers going back to the 19th century for all major local newspapers. Online you can browse indexes of the Haddingtonshire Courier between 1859 and 1902.

Microfilm & other collections  We hold censuses, Old Parish Registers, valuation rolls and electoral registers. Also we hold various supporting indexes and topical research folders on a range of topics.

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  1. Neville Bougourd says:

    Can anyone please help with a bit of North Berwick local history? on 17th December 1943 a Polish Officer Training School moved to North Berwick. Its Polish name was Szkola Podchorazych Piechoty I Kawalerii Zmotoryzowanej and it was intended for army officers but also ran courses for air force officers. Does anyone know the exact location of this establishment?

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