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Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives

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Old Aberdeen House will remain closed for refurbishment until Friday 17 November. During this closure the Town House office will open Monday to Friday between 9:30am and 4:30pm. Access to records stored at Old Aberdeen, with some exceptions, will be provided at the Town House if two working days' notice is given. Please contact us via or on 03000 200 292 (option 6).

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News and What's On...

  • New guides to the Aberdeen Endowments Trust collection

    New guides to our AET collection are now available, including information about its predecessor charities like the Aberdeen Boy's and Girl's Hospital and Poor's Hospital.  There is also a name index to the Boys' and Girls' Hospital minute books, and we hope to add further indexes in due course. Aberdeen Endowments Trust page.


New funding to unlock secrets of city records

A new project to unlock the secrets of Aberdeen's Burgh Records has been awarded funding of 310,000.

Researchers have previously delved into the records to uncover tales of shipwrecks, piracy and even royal demands and the new funding, from the Leverhulme Trust, will enable them to analyse legal practices in the city - how was the law applied, who used it, when, and to what ends.

Commenting on the award, Phil Astley, Aberdeen City Council City Archivist, said "This is a tremendous opportunity for exciting new work with Aberdeen's important collections. It will enable new forms of access to these records, and open up new scope for local, national and international collaborations. We are pleased to be involved in this project which has such long-term potential to enhance Aberdeen's wider cultural offering".

For more information, visit the University of Aberdeen's page at: Leverhulme funding for burgh records

  • Online payments page now live

    You can now make online payments and donations using our Archives Payments Page. Donations can be made at any time and will be put towards the conservation of the records. You will need a reference and an amount for research and copy payments, so please get in touch for a quote for these services first.
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  • Aberdeen's medieval burgh records recognised by UNESCO


    An extraordinary collection of burgh records for Aberdeen held by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives has been recognised by UNESCO. The first eight volumes of Aberdeen burgh registers, which cover the period 1398 1509, will now be included in the UK Register of Important Documentary Heritage, part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme.

    We are delighted by the inclusion of these records on the UK Register. For further information, visit the  UNESCO UK Memory of the World website.



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