Collections

The Heritage Hub is the key source for 800 years of archives for the Scottish Borders (Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire).  The diverse collections highlight the rich culture and heritage of the Scottish Borders. 

Collections range from local business records and accounts, including textile, fishing and farming industries, to archives of schools, churches, clubs and societies, charities and families. Resources available include title deeds, maps and plans, photographs, letterheads, correspondence and diaries.

The Local Studies collection contains published information on every aspect of life in the Scottish Borders including material on the locality, or written by local people with a Scottish Borders connection.  Resources available include information on local industries, towns, people, houses and buildings.

Items include the Statistical Accounts of Scotland – 1791-1799, Volume III, which contains information on the population, landscape and agriculture of the area at that time. Periodicals such as the Border Magazine, an illustrated monthly miscellany, provide an insight into the history, biography, poetry and folklore of the Scottish Borders.

Collections in libraries

Local books including fiction by local authors and biographies on local people are available for loan through the library service.  Items can be requested from the local collection through your local library.  Some items can only be consulted on an appointment only basis, please contact the Heritage Hub for details.