Ayrshire Archives Centre
Ayrshire Archives Headquarters is based at the Watson Peat Building at Auchincruive, near Ayr .
The Search Room
- The public search room can accommodate up to 10 researchers with additional space at lecture style benches if required.
- Lockers are provided for the safe storage of bags and coats.
- You are welcome to bring your laptop but we have limited electricty points to plug them in to so please make sure the battery is fully charged.
As space is limited we request that you telephone or email us to make an appointment - 01292 521819.
How to use the Archives Centre
On arrival all visitors will be asked to fill in a simple visitor form. Proof of identity will also be required. Because of the unique nature of the records we hold it is important for all visitors to agree to our searchroom regulations on display. These are designed to protect the records and to create a suitable environment for study. For example, we ask you to switch off your mobile phone so as not to disturb other visitors and to use only pencil. Food and drink pose a risk to the records so we ask you not to bring either into the search room.
Staff are on hand to help you locate the appropriate records for your research. Once you have identified the reference number of the records from the catalogues, we ask you to complete a document request slip for each item required. We will then remove the item from the store rooms and bring it to your desk. Please note – a maximum of 3 items will be produced for you at any one time. There is no limit on the number of items you may request during your visit.
If you would like a copy of any material, depending on the condition of the document, we may be able to make a photocopy. Alternatively, we can take a digital photograph or you may use your own camera. If you wish to use your own camera there is a charge of £5 per day and we ask that you do not use flash as this can damage the records. For any form of copying you will be asked to sign a copyright disclaimer form because in many cases copies for personal study only may be made