Archive & Reference Library

Opening Times: Mon-Fri: 9:30am-4:30pm

Prior Appointment Essential.


Tel: 01851 830778

Our archive holds many paper documents, including handwritten letters, school log books, local ledgers and visitor books. We also have a large collection of photographs and postcards covering the whole Kinloch area. You also find croft histories, background on Kinloch Residents involved in both World Wars, and background on emigration from the area.

Our large reference library includes history books, encyclopaedias, gazetteers, and a wealth of books on topics such as cookery, travel writing, place names, Scottish literature, Celtic studies, heroic poetry, Gaelic poetry, and more. 

We are the proud custodians of two donated reference collections. The G. N. Burns book collection was gifted to us by his widow, Jane Burns. “Norman” Burns was a distinguished linguist, fluent in eight languages and capable in six more.  His collection includes a great number of books in both Gaelic and English, the earliest of which dates from 1682, while many others date from the 18th and 19th centuries. 

The Derek Cooper collection once belonged to the well-known BBC Radio 4 presenter of The Food Programme. Predictably, there are a great many books representing his interest in Scottish cuisine and travel. 

If you wish to consult our archive or reference library, please get in touch either by phone or email to make an appointment. 

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