We would be delighted to come and speak to your local history or community group about our collections and services. Our talks seek to expand people’s awareness of Perth & Kinross’ history through the records and resources held in the Archive and Local & Family History collections. Available talks:

An Intro to Archives, Local & Family History – in this talk we will introduce you to our service, look at some examples of the collections we hold and how they can be used for different research purposes. Where possible we will use examples of records from your area.

Hidden Not Lost: Women in the Archive – it can often be difficult to find the voices of women in archival collections due to a strong patriarchal record keeping history. In this talk we explore the records made by women in the Perth & Kinross Archive.

Finding Perth & Kinross Maps on the National Library of Scotland’s Maps Website – the NLS’s maps website is a wonderful resource hosting over 250,000 maps. We will show you each of the areas of the website, the added value added to the map collections, and some extra little tricks that are often hard to find, all with a focus on Perth & Kinross.

We welcome donations for the first talk given to any group and have a fixed fee of £50 for any subsequent talks for the same group in any 12-month period.

Behind-the-scenes tours

We offer tours to local history and community groups interested in learning more about our service and the collections we hold. In these tours you will get the rare opportunity to see inside an Archive store and gain a better understanding of how archives and local & family history collections are cared for. With examples from our rare and unique collections we will demonstrate the importance of historic record keeping and how it benefits our society.

There is a fee of £1 per person, with a minimum of £30 per group visit.


We welcome class visits to the Archive, Local & Family History department where we will take pupils behind-the-scenes to learn all about our collections and how we look after them. In these visits we will discuss the value of primary and secondary sources, the importance of caring for our history and how our historic records can help us understand the past.

There is a fee of £1 per pupil, with a minimum of £30 per class visit.


We are working to develop a series of education resources using records from our collections to support in-class learning based around the curriculum. Available education resources:

The Experience of a First World War Soldier – This resource introduces pupils to a first-hand account of a soldier’s experience during the First World War. Through a series of activities, centred round the letters of a young soldier from Pitlochry, pupils will consider how his words inform their understanding of life for a soldier and his family during the War.

For more information, including related curriculum outcomes, please contact the Archive [email protected]

Ancestry Taster sessions is one of the leading family history resources in the world and you can access it for free in all Culture Perth & Kinross libraries. If you would like to start using Ancestry, but are a bit unsure where to begin, you might benefit from attending one of our Ancestry taster sessions. In these sessions our Local History Officer will introduce you to the website and demonstrate some simple techniques to get the most out of using it.

These sessions will be held at the AK Bell Library and all community campus libraries throughout Perth & Kinross. Please keep an eye on the What’s On page to see when one is available in your area.