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Commandos and WWII Event

Towards the end of 2019, the West Highland Museum & the Lochaber Archive hosted a joint event in the Commando Room at the West Highland Museum. There were demonstrations of close combat commando training as taught at Inverailort and Achnacarry from Paul MacDonald of MacDonald Armouries, Edinburgh. Assistant Archivist Peter also offered attendees the change… Read more »Read more

How did we do?

How did we do? If you have recently visited the Lochaber Archive Centre, or our Archive Centres in Inverness or Skye please take a moment to fill out this survey and help us improve our services. Thanks! Take the survey! Read more

School’s Out!

CL-B-3-102 Jacobite Cypher

Over the summer we ran Schools Out Events called ‘Symbols, Cyphers and Secrets’ on 29th July and 14th August 2019 for children aged between 8-11. The inspiration for the event came from a key to a cypher showing code names of prominent members of the Jacobite cause which is held at the Lochaber Archive Centre…. Read more »Read more

Latest Event – Lochaber During World War I

On Monday 19th November, Lochaber Archive Centre hosted an event to mark the centenary of the Armistice.  The display was dived into the Home Front and The Front, with the object of giving an insight into a variety of war-time experiences. The Home Front display looked at life in Lochaber between 1914 and 1918. Police… Read more »Read more

Using Valuation Rolls for Research

Valuation Rolls record the rateable values of inhabited properties and the names of the proprietors, tenants and occupiers. They are excellent resources for establishing when a building was built, demolished or altered, or for determining when an ancestor moved house. Find out more about how Valuation Rolls can help with your research by clicking here.Read more

Using School Records for Research

Our Highland School Records include Admission Registers, Log Books, Feu Charters and Minute Books. They come from hundreds of schools and school boards and management committees. They can also include photographs and other school documentation. School Records can be used for a wide variety of research purposes including finding out if/when someone attended school, discovering what… Read more »Read more

Lochaber and North Argyll Family History Group

Christine Wood, Archivist at the Highland Archive Centre in Inverness, gave a evening talk on Tuesday 10th January 2017 to members of the Lochaber and North Argyll Family History Group in Fort William. Ten members enjoyed a presentation on the many kinds of archive resources available for consultation at the Lochaber Archive Centre which is located at… Read more »Read more

Diary of FRANCIS PALMER ASTLEY (1825-1868), kept during a voyage he made in 1846, when he sailed to Iceland and crossed the island on horseback. Francis Astley later bought Arisaig estate (in 1852) and his descendants, the Astley-Nicholsons, owned it until 1956

‘After crossing the river for seven or 8 miles we kept crossing dreary swells of oldish lava, very barren, there being large patches of stones and sand without any vegetation and the rest showing moss of the same sort as found in the Cairngorms and a few plants, all most all of them very small… Read more »Read more