Your Local Council Archives
The records of the City of Edinburgh, East, Mid and West Lothian Archives are yours to explore and uncover. Your local council archives hold the records of families, individuals, businesses and organisations. These personal and public records are kept because of their historical value. They are a rich heritage resource and offer unrivalled insight into our history.
Every Record Tells a Story
The councils’ archives are full of fascinating historical documents telling unique and little known stories about Edinburgh and the Lothians in times gone by. Whether you’re an archive novice or a well-seasoned researcher, the sheer variety and occasional random nature of local council archive collections will surprise you.
The Lothian Lives project is part of a wider ‘Archives Awareness’ campaign aimed at opening the doors to archives and inviting you to discover the unique story of your local area and community. The Lothian Lives blog explores the secret world of the past in Edinburgh and the Lothians, and helps you to discover the hidden history of our region.
Planning a Visit
Local council archivists are always happy to assist you with any questions you might have about planning a visit or exploring the records. Please find contact details and further information in the ‘Contact Us’ section at the top of the home page.