Stirling Council Archives

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Stirling Council Archives

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      • Municipal

      Contact area

      Pam McNicol Primary contact


      Council Archivist


      Street address

      5 Borrowmeadow Road, Springkerse Estate





      Country name

      United Kingdom

      Postal code

      FK7 7UW


      01786 450745





      Description area


      Stirling Council Archives was originally formed as Central Region Archives after local government reorganisation in 1975 and held the records for all the local authorities and their predecessors making up the Central Region area of Scotland. This covered all of historic Stirlingshire and part of historic Perthshire. After a further reorganisation in 1996, Stirling Council was created and may of the records for the new Councils of Falkirk and Clackmannanshire were transferred to the custodianship of those Councils. The Archvies was originally situated in the old Stirling High School building and moved to its present location in 2003.

      Geographical and cultural context

      Stirling is situated at the heart of Scotland and the Council adminsters a wide area from Fintry in the south to Killin in the north. The core holdings of the Archives are the records of local government administration from the 14th century to the present day.

      Mandates/Sources of authority

      The Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (s.65) gave the mandate for the creation of the Central Region Archives. The Local Government (Scotland) Act 1994 (c. 39) provided the mandate for the creation of Stirling Council Archives.

      Administrative structure

      The Archives sits in the Communities and Culture Department of the Council along with Libraries. The section is known as Libraries and Archives.

      Records management and collecting policies

      The Council has a separate Records Management unit and staff there work closely with the Archives team. The Archives has an acquisition policy which is available on request. Largely, this policy confines the acquisition of archives to those of the present Council and its predecessors and to the records of local organisations and individuals who operate within the Council's present administrative area.


      The Archives has one building which serves as both repository and public access point.


      Holdings consist of the records of Stirling Council and its predecessors from the 14th century to the present day, records relating to the Church of Scotland, the Justices of the Peace and the Customs and Excise authorities in the Stirling and Clackmannanshire areas held under a Charge and Superintendence agreement with the National Archives of Scotland, and records that have been deposited by private individuals and organisations in the Stirling Council area, including clubs and societies, business records, records of solicitors and family papers.

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      Opening times

      The Council Archives are open Monday, to Thursday of each week from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm then from 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm. The office is closed on Fridays so that we can take group visits. Group visits are available on request.

      Access conditions and requirements

      The service is free to all although charges will be made for copies of any items. Researchers are requested to complete a registration form on entry to the search room that binds them to abide by the Archives Search Room Regulations. No I.D. is required to use the service.


      The Archives is fully accessible to disabled people and wheelchair users and has a disabled toilet facilty.

      Services area

      Research services

      Remote users can request a half hour search in the Archives for free. Longer searches will be charged for at £21 per hour or part thereof.

      Reproduction services

      Both photocopies and digital images may be provided for researchers. Provision of copies is dependent on the condition of the archive concerned. The Archive has a policy of not supplying copies from bound volumes, digital images may be provided in these cases. Members of the public are not permitted to take their own digital photographs of archives in the search room.

      Public areas

      The Archives has a public search room and toilet facilities. There is no cafe or area for researchers to eat and drink. There are cafe facilities available within a short walk of the Archives.

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      Dates of creation, revision and deletion

      Created on 25 October 2010


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