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Collections

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

  • Extensive rugby and textile collections
  • Local government and administration, police, law and order records
  • Business records and accounts, including textile, fishing and farming industries
  • Archives of schools, churches, charities, clubs and societies, families and
  • Title deeds, maps and plans, letterheads, photographs, correspondence and diaries

Research

At Heritage Hub, you can research your family tree or the history of your house, investigate the lives, activities and other aspects of the people and lands of the Borders. You can investigate families, communities, places and people (famous or not), land ownership and support for the poor.

Our archives can also assist with school, college or university work and with legal matters. Our wide range of history books, major postcard and map collections and other printed sources explain, guide and add to the archive resources.

Many of our resources are available online through our catalogue or ScotlandsPeople centre. We offer an initial free 30 minute enquiry service. In the time available, we can check a record for a specific date/place and advise on sources, the cost of supplying printouts/photocopies and the other services we offer. If you’re unable to visit us, take advantage of our enquiry and remote research services.

Resources

Visitors to Heritage Hub are welcome to purchase copies of the resources used, provided that this will not beach any copyright restrictions. We offer a range of options, including photocopies and digital copies of documents.

A pricelist (PDF) for these services is available.

If you would like to view presentations from our recent Stobs Internment Camp Study Weekend please click here.

Catalogue

HUBCAT, our online catalogue, contains general and detailed descriptions of archives held at Heritage Hub. With almost 70,000 records it is increasingly possible to identify sources prior to a visit. Please note HUBCAT does not yet contain information about all of our holdings - you may want to use Scottish Archive Network for further collection-level information on Scottish Borders archives.

Remote research service

For a more detailed response to enquiries we offer a remote research service for any topic relating to the heritage of the Scottish Borders. For £25 per hour you’ll receive: a report on sources consulted and results found (both positive and negative; please note the fee is for time taken and does not guarantee everything asked for), photocopies and printouts to illustrate key events (at extra cost) and suggestions for further research.

To request a search, first fill in a standard request form (PDF). We’ll ask you to provide a description of the information you’re looking for, any existing knowledge you have and what sources you’ve consulted. To ensure the most efficient use of research time, it’s essential that you are as specific as possible – particularly regarding names, dates and places. Your standard request form must then be printed, signed personally and returned with your payment. Advance payment in sterling is required in full for all requests; we also offer remote research gift vouchers.

ScotlandsPeople

Heritage Hub is a ScotlandsPeople Centre. For £15.00 a day you can have unlimited access to one of the World’s best online sources of original family history information. There are almost 100 million records to look through for Scottish ancestry research, with census, wills, statutory birth, marriage and death, Old Parish and Roman Catholic records and a growing series of Valuation Rolls.

Copyright

A copyright declaration form (published work (PDF) and unpublished work (PDF)) must be completed whenever a copy of our collection is requested. This ensures that the copy is being used for private study only, not commercial purposes. Please contact the Archive Manager if you wish to publish records stored at Heritage Hub.

Payment

Payment can be made by cheque or International Money Order, drawn on a British bank and made payable to Scottish Borders Council. We also accept payment by debit or credit card.