Welcome to Portal to the Past - East Renfrewshire Council's local history and heritage website. East Renfrewshire has an exciting and interesting history, which is reflected in the broad range of resources it holds, including: old maps, photographs, documents, statues, paintings, ephemera and other information; giving a taste of daily life in the past.
The Heritage Catalogue contains details of many of the resources we have in East Renfrewshire, including photographs, documents and museum items.
We hold many resources to help the family historian including local records and online resources. We can also offer advice to help you trace that elusive ancestor.
Explore our online exhibitions and features to discover our collections and to find out about some of the people and events connected to East Renfrewshire's history.
Online Exhibitions and Features
Join us on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest news from our Heritage Service, information on our collections and word of upcoming events.
Heritage Facebook page
Need some help with your local or family history research? Why not book a place on one of our informal sessions and make the most of our online resources?
We have thousands of photographs showing the places and people of East Renfrewshire over the past 150 years. Use this link to browse by area and popular topic.