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 now offer free access to the library edition of Ancestry from any of our community libraries.
Ancestry Library Edition
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
Visit our heritage centres at Giffnock and Barrhead Libraries and search through our collections of local photographs, maps, newspapers and other records.
Heritage Services & Resources
Take a look at our blog, keep up to date with East Renfrewshire heritage news and events and be first to hear about the latest additions to our collection.
Heritage Services Blog