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Visitor Information & Contact Details

17 March 2020: In line with advice from the UK and Scottish Government and to delay the spread of Coronavirus our public search rooms at Old Aberdeen House and the Town House are now closed until further notice. A limited enquiry service will be available by email: archives@aberdeencity.gov.uk but please bear in mind that we have limited access to the collections at this time.

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives runs two public search rooms for the consultation of original material, one at the Town House in the city centre and one at Old Aberdeen House, to the north of the city. Please note that different material is held at each office.

As spaces are limited, all readers are asked to book a seat in advance, particularly those readers coming from a distance or who intend to work in either office for several days or weeks. Please note the following public holidays where the service is closed:

  • Christmas Holidays 25th December 2020 - 5th January 2021

Broad Street
Aberdeen
AB10 1AQ
03000 200 292
archives@aberdeencity.gov.uk
Fax: 01224 522310

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Searchroom opening hours

Wednesday to Friday
9.30am to 4.30pm

Facilities

  • reference library
  • information leaflets
  • photocopying/scanning available
  • e-mail, telephone & postal enquiries
  • research service
  • internet access, including free access to Deceased Online and access to Kirk Session records
  • laptop facilities

Dunbar Street

Aberdeen
AB24 3UJ
01224 481775 - please note this phone number is not being monitored whilst we are closed,  please email or call the Town House number above
archives@aberdeencity.gov.uk
Fax: 01224 495830

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Searchroom opening hours

Monday to Wednesday
9.30am to 4.30pm

Facilities

  • free car parking
  • reference library
  • information leaflets
  • photocopying available
  • e-mail, telephone & postal enquiries
  • research service
  • internet access, including free access to Deceased Online and access to Kirk Session records
  • laptop facilities

Before you visit the Archives, you can find out what we have that might be useful to your research on our Online Catalogue or using our Guides and Indexes. If you see something you want to look at, note its reference number, title and covering dates and contact us to make an appointment.

If you haven't found anything on our Catalogue (it is a work in progress) or if you're not sure what we have that could help your research, please contact us with your query via email or telephone.

Preparing for your visit

It helps if you do the following:

  • Bring as many of your notes with you as you can!
  • Think about what you're aiming for in your research - what do you want to find? Try and focus on one person / research interest at a time before moving on to the next.
  • If you are looking at a large date range, try and narrow it down - this saves you having to look through multiple volumes with the same information (and reduces unnecessary handling of the collections).
  • Bring some notepaper, a pencil and a rubber - pens cannot be used in the searchroom.
  • You can bring your own digital camera to take copies - there will be a small charge for using your camera - details of our charges are available via our Table of Fees or on request.
  • You can bring your laptop / tablet / iPad.

In the searchroom

On arrival, you will be asked to sign in and comply with our Searchroom Guidelines: 

Failure to do so may result in you being refused access to the searchroom. You may be asked to provided identification in order to access some records covered by the Data Protection Act: you will be advised about this when you make your appointment. 

Some records may only give you a small amount of information, or even what may look to be incorrect information.  This is because the archives we hold were (on the whole) created for administrative purposes, and would have served an administrative function when they were being used.  Records created annually, for example, only show information from a particular time of the year and not any changes which happened throughout the year. 

Above all, we want you to get the most out of your visit!  Staff are always available to answer any questions you might have both before and during your visit. If you are unsure of what you are looking at, please ask, we will be happy to help!

If you are planning on staying for a whole day, please note that neither office has facilities for you to eat your own lunch on site. Both sites have a number of cafes nearby. 

The office at Old Aberdeen is on the ground floor, and is easily accessible by wheelchair.  The office in the Town House is on the third floor, and there may be issues with access for larger wheelchairs - please contact us on 03000 200 292 (option 6) if you think there may be an issue with access, and we can make alternative arrangements. 

Parking

A car park is available at Old Aberdeen House, although it can get busy. A number of city centre car parks are available close to the Town House branch, and disabled parking is available on site: please let us know in advance to access this car parking.

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