Explore Your Archive Month & Archives 40th Anniversary

Perth and Kinross Archive celebrates its fortieth anniversary in November 2018. From humble beginnings in the basement of the Sandeman Library, the archive now occupies purpose-built facilities within AK Bell Library, with over 750 collections comprising over 2 million unique, individual items relating to every aspect of Perth & Kinross history.
We shall mark this significant anniversary by holding a month of events around the national initiative Explore Your Archive. Talks, tours, exhibitions, and film screenings will be held in the Archive and local libraries throughout November.


Pop-up displays:

This year our Explore Your Archive theme celebrates Scotland’s Year of Young People, 2018 with a closer look at some of our records relating to young people throughout the history of Perth & Kinross. Original archival material will be on display in the AK Bell, North Inch, Loch Leven and Strathearn libraries throughout the month.
November 1st – 30th

40th Anniversary:

This year the archive celebrates its 40th birthday. Join us for an evening celebrating the past, present and future of our collections.
2 November, 6pm – 8pm
AK Bell Library, Perth
Invitation only

Ancestry Taster Sessions

Ancestry is free in your library! This wonderful online resource can connect you to your family history. Come and join us for short introductory taster sessions.
5pm – 7pm
7 November, Auchterarder Library
22 November, Scone Library



Archive Open Day

Go behind the scenes to view our strong room and some of the archive’s treasures. Hear our volunteers talk about their projects with some practical demonstrations.
17 November, 10am – 12.30pm
AK Bell Library, Perth







Lost Country Houses of Perthshire

The Friends of Perth & Kinross Archive bring you this fascinating talk by Dr David Robertson, based on his illustrated book of the same title.
22 November, 2pm – 3pm
Soutar Theatre, AK Bell Library, Perth
Booking is recommended







Film Screening – ‘War at Home’

We round up Explore Your Archive Month with a film screening focusing on the ‘War at Home’. Films from the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive provide a glimpse into life in Aberfeldy and a look at the Territorial Army in Scotland during World War II. The evening will also debut recordings of First World War soldier John Alex Veitch’s letters, held in the Perth & Kinross Archive, performed by local students. Join us for a unique chance to see this rare footage and these new recordings on the ‘big screen’.

30 November, 6pm – 7.30pm
AK Bell Library, Perth

Booking Essential

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