Highland Archive Service is pleased to welcome you back to our facilities. We are re-opening in a phased way to help us to ensure that our centres provide a safe space for all, and that our services can be delivered safely.
For opening dates and booking details, see our Updates page. Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archive currently remains closed to the public. For more information on services currently available at Nucleus, see the Nucleus update.
The Highland Archive Service
The Highland Archive Service preserves, conserves and makes accessible the archive collections in the care of The Highland Council. It also provides a Records Management Service to the authority.
Highland Archive Service Centres
We have four centres covering the Highland region in Caithness, Inverness, Lochaber and Skye and Lochalsh. The archives held at these centres are the records of official bodies, businesses, societies and individuals and are a unique record of our Highland past. They date from the 14th century to the present day and include records of schools, poor relief, churches, businesses and family and estate papers. You are welcome to consult the archives during opening hours and staff will be on hand to assist you. Remote enquiries are also welcome.
Find out more about:
- Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives
- Highland Archive Centre, Inverness
- Lochaber Archive Centre, Fort William
- Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre, Portree
If you are interested in genealogy, you can consult a variety of records and reference books at our unique Family History Centre, based at the Highland Archive Centre in Inverness. You can also book direct access to the Scotland’s People network through our Registration Service. Our Family History one-to-one consultations are very popular (charges apply). You can book a one or two-hour slot, with the creation of a bespoke family tree. Alternatively, if your visiting time is limited, your request can be fulfilled remotely. Find out more.
The Highland Archive Centre in Inverness provides a central secure storage facility for The Highland Council’s records. Dedicated Records Management staff offer guidance and support in records management practices to all Highland Council services. Find out more.
The Highland Conservation Studios are based in the Highland Archive Centre in Inverness and the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore. Our professionally trained, accredited conservators play a fundamental role in preserving the Highland’s heritage collections. We also offer conservation and preservation services to external clients. Find out more.