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ARCHIVES LIBRARIES AND Ayrshire Archives a South Harbour Street, Ayr KA7 1JA

t 01292 521819 e archives@south-ayrshire.gov. uk

w ayrshirear­chives.org.uk

The archive service for South, East and North Ayrshire councils is closed ahead of a relocation to a new purpose-built HQ in South Harbour Street. Watch the website for updates plus facebook.com/AyrshireAr­chive

and twitter.com/ayrshirear­chive. East Ayrshire Local History a Burns Monument Centre, Kay Park, Kilmarnock KA3 7RU t 01563 553654 e info@eastayrshi­releisure.com w tinyurl.com/east-ayr-arch

The Local History Research Department at the Burns Monument Centre has reopened on an appointmen­t-only basis, and holds newspapers, maps, historic photograph­s and books. North Ayrshire Heritage a Irvine Townhouse, 66 High Street, Irvine KA12 0AZ

t 01294 310090 e naheritage@north-ayrshire. gov.uk

w tinyurl.com/north-ayr-heritage The Townhouse has census returns for Ayrshire and the Isles of Arran and the Cumbraes on microfilm; the records of an unofficial census carried out by Rev David Landsborou­gh between 1819 and 1842;

Old Parish Registers (OPRs); memorial inscriptio­ns; records of poor relief; and other resources. Scottish And Local History Library a Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB

t 01292 272231 e localhisto­ry@south-ayrshire. gov.uk

w tinyurl.com/ayr-carnegie

Visit for local newspapers, photos, pamphlets, directorie­s and maps.

GROUPS AND SOCIETIES East Ayrshire Family History Society e enquiries@eastayrshi­refhs. co.uk

w eastayrshi­refhs.co.uk Publicatio­ns sold by the society include titles once published by the defunct Alloway and Southern Ayrshire Family History Society. North Ayrshire Family History Society a c/o Largs Library, 26 Allanpark Street, Largs KA30 9AG e webmaster@largsnafhs.org.uk

w northayrsh­irefhs.org.uk

The society was formerly known as the Largs and North Ayrshire Family History Society.

The Troon @ Ayrshire Family History Society a c/o MERC, Troon Public Library, South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF e info@troonayrsh­irefhs.org.uk

w troonayrsh­irefhs.org.uk

This group focuses on Troon and other parishes in South Ayrshire.

MUSEUMS Dick Institute a Elmbank Avenue, Kilmarnock KA1 3BU

t 01563 554300 e info@eastayrshi­releisure.com w tinyurl.com/dick-institute The institute houses the central library for East Ayrshire. e a

t e a Museum Of The Cumbraes a 2 College Street, Millport, Isle of Cumbrae KA28 0AZ a t 01294 464174 naheritage@north-ayrshire. gov.uk

w garrisonho­usecumbrae.com This museum is part of North Ayrshire Council and run by the heritage service team.

North Ayrshire Heritage Centre

Kirk Gate, Manse Street, Saltcoats KA21 5AA 01294 464174 naheritage@north-ayrshire. gov.uk

w tinyurl.com/na-heri-centre The centre houses the principal museum collection.

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Murdoch’s Lone, Alloway KA7 4PQ

01292 443700

t e w tinyurl.com/burns-birth

Visit the cottage of Burns’ birth. burns@nts.org.uk

Scottish Maritime Museum

The Linthouse, Harbour Road, Irvine KA12 8BT t 01294 278283 e visitorser­vices@scotmariti­me.

org.uk w scottishma­ritimemuse­um.org The library here has periodical­s and the Lloyd’s Register of Ships.

Ayrshire Working Lives

w workingliv­es.org.uk

Browse historic images from various local-history collection­s.


w tinyurl.com/fs-ayrshire

This guide for family historians has links to online collection­s.


w tinyurl.com/fmp-ayrshire

The website’s records for the area include a valuation roll of property in Kilmarnock from 1874.

Future Museum

w futuremuse­um.co.uk

View the collection­s of Ayrshire, and of Dumfries and Galloway.

North Ayrshire Yesterdays

w tinyurl.com/flickr-north-ayr See postcards and photos of North Ayrshire through the years.

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