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