Local Studies, Museum & Archive Collections

Local Studies Collection

This includes archives, ephemera, framed photographs and paintings and other miscellaneous items. To find out more about what we have in our extensive collection, you can search our Heritage catalogue.

Museum Collections

The vast majority of the collections contain 20th century material (26 in total), while 10 of the collections contain 19th century material. There is even some green glazed mediaeval pottery.

Perhaps the most interesting of the museum collections is the one which relates to the Gibson family of Barrhead. Most of the objects in it belonged to Margaret Gibson, who died in 1933 aged 11. Items include her clothes, jewellery, toys, books, school books and personal treasures, giving a rare and comprehensive view of a child's life.

To find out more about what we have in the museum collection, you can search our Heritage Database. The collection contains a wide variety of material - here are a few examples:

  •     Crum Collection of Sample Prints from Thornliebank Printworks
  •     William Gemmell Statues
  •     John E Maguire Paintings
  •     South Arthurlie Printworks Collection
  •     Gibson Family of Barrhead

Archive Collection

There is a separate archive collection under the care of the Records Manager. Some of these archives are listed in our Heritage Database and include:

  •     East Renfrewshire Minutes 1996 to present
  •     Eastwood District Minutes 1976 - 1996
  •     Barrhead Burgh Minutes 1895 - 1975
  •     First District County of Renfrew, Scavenging and Lighting

Contact Us

Local Studies Collection

Some of our Local Studies collections are based at off-site storage. For more information, or to view anything from the Local Studies and Museum Collections, contact the Heritage service at:

Heritage Service
Giffnock Community Library,
Station Road,
East Renfrewshire.
G46 6JF
Phone: 0141 577 3872
Email: localstudies@ercultureandleisure.org

Archive Collection

For more information, or to view anything from the Archive collection, contact the Records Manager: 

Craig Geddes
Records Manager
Phone: 0141 577 3059
Email: craig.geddes@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk