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Archive Classes

Ever wondered what a county archive is and how to access the information?

Join us over the next few months for a journey through our collections and get to know your local archive.

The classes start with an introduction to the archive, followed by family history for the beginner. These classes will give you the knowledge and confidence to begin your own journey of research, whether for study or enjoyment.

The Caithness Collections classes will give you an opportunity to learn more about the individual collections we hold. At each Collections class you will learn about the history of the collection, why we hold it, and its extent. Then you will have the opportunity to explore the collection in the public search room.

Date: Class:

Thursday 28th February

1pm – 2.30pm

Archive 101 – An introduction to the archives. This first class will focus on why we have an archive, an overview of the different collections, Data Protection and Freedom of Information, what we do and how to use the archive for research, study and enjoyment.

Thursday 28th March

1pm – 2.30pm

Family History for Absolute Beginners – What’s it all about, how to make a start on your family history, the resources available from the archive and the wider family history community.

Thursday 25th April

1pm – 2.30pm

Caithness Collections: Northern Constabulary – we hold documents from the Caithness County Constabulary, Wick and Thurso Burgh Police dating back to 1841, including crimes and offences, standing orders and WWII incident files.

Thursday 30th May

1pm – 2.30pm

Caithness Collections: County Council Education – We hold the records of many Caithness schools dating back to 1870, including admission registers and school log books.

Thursday 27th June

1pm – 2.30pm

Caithness Collections: Wick Harbour Trust from Telford’s original designs of Pulteneytown through the herring boom up to modern times.

Thursday 31st October

1pm – 2.30pm

Caithness Collections: Drawings & Plans, we hold an extensive collection of maps dating from 1658, drawings from the Stevenson Engineers including harbour drawings and a fine collection of architects’ plans by Sinclair Macdonald of Thurso

Thursday 28th November

1pm – 2.30pm

Caithness Collections: Social History through the Private Deposits – from our oldest document of 1469 to the present day.


The aim of the classes is to provide an opportunity for you to learn more about the records and collections we hold at Nucleus.

The classes are designed for those with an interest in Caithness heritage and would like to learn more about accessing the information we hold.

You can join us for one or all of the classes.

Classes are free, though booking is essential

Classes will be held in the Nucleus Community Room; the classes start at 1pm and will run for about an hour and a half. Each session will start with a presentation in the Community Room and then continue in the public search room where you will have the opportunity to get hands on with documents.

To book your place or for further information contact;

Garance Warburton

Community Engagement Officer

[email protected]

 or call nucleus on 01955 602 444

Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/nucleuscaithnessarchive

or drop by the archive and meet the team.

Nucleus: The Nuclear & Caithness Archive is open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.

We have disabled access and parking, if you would like any assistance to access Nucleus, give us a call and we will be happy to help.