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COVID-19 Archive Updates

Archive Update

Highland Archive Service facilities in Inverness, Portree and Fort William have reopened to the public in line with the government timetable for the easing of restrictions.

Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archive remains temporarily closed until further notice, however the staff are able to provide assistance remotely.

Summary of our updated procedures;

  • We will be operating a booking system with slots between 10.00am – 12.30pm and 2.00pm – 4.30pm. This will be reviewed regularly, and changes made accordingly.
    • Highland Archive Centre (Inverness) – Tuesday and Thursday (also Mondays from 21st June)
    • Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre (Portree) – Tuesday and Thursday (also Mondays from 21st June)
    • Lochaber Archive Centre (Fort William) – Fridays
  • You must make an appointment and pre-order all documents before visiting. Please do this a week in advance to ensure that the documents you require are available.
  • We can provide access to original archive documents, PCs, microfiche and microfiche readers and reference books. Access to ScotlandsPeople is not yet available.
  • You must wear a face covering whilst in our buildings (exceptions accepted)
  • Physical distancing and hand sanitising stations will be in place throughout our buildings.
  • The buildings will close over lunchtime (12.30-2.00) to allow for enhanced cleaning of public areas.
  • Please note that, in line with Scottish Government guidance, we will retain your name and contact details for use in Test and Protect for 21 days.

For more detailed guidance on what to expect during your visit, select the Centre you wish to use:

Visiting the Highland Archive Centre

Visiting the Lochaber Archive Centre

Visiting the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Accessing the collections at Nucleus; The Nuclear and Caithness Archives