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Local archives

We hold records that tell the story of over 600 years of Dumfries and Galloway's history. These include official records and those of individuals, families, businesses and institutions.

Check for records

Find out what records we hold in the local archives using our online catalogue:

We hold three major groups of records:

  • Dumfries and Galloway Council and its predecessors, from 1425 onwards
  • Dumfries and Galloway Health Board and its predecessors, from 1775 onwards
  • Gifts and deposits, from 1418 onwards

Visiting the archives

Anyone can visit the local archives for free.



10am to 1pm

2pm to 5pm


10am to 1pm

2pm to 6.30pm


10am to 1pm

2pm to 5pm


10am to 1pm

2pm to 5pm

Saturday (first in every month)

10am to 3pm


We'd recommend contacting us 24 hours before you visit so we can make sure that the records are available to view, particularly if there are specific records you want to see:

Our staff will help you to handle the records appropriately and to interpret and read handwriting if needed. Pens and paper are also provided for taking notes.

How to find us

Ewart Library, Catherine Street, Dumfries, DG1 1JB

Disabled parking is available.

Research service

Staff will be able to help you with some basic research work.

Our researcher can also help with more detailed or extensive research for a fee of £30 per hour. Call 01387 260301 or email to discuss your requirements.

Page last updated: 02/06/17