Buildings

Buildings

Community Life

Community Life

People

People

Places

Places

Timelines - all areas

Timelines - all areas

Transport

Transport

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Welcome

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.


Catalogue

Database Records

The Heritage Catalogue contains details of many of the resources we have in East Renfrewshire, including photographs, documents and museum items.

Family History

Family History

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.

Online Exhibitions and Features

Online Exhibitions and Features

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.

Heritage Facebook page

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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 sessions

Rec1061 Jamieson family, Barrhead

New dates for Ancestry and ScotlandsPeople sessions released. Book now to grab your free place and start discovering your family history!

Photo Collection

Giffnock School Football Team, c.1920, Record No. 2234

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.