Archives - general information

Where to find usStirling Council Archive building

5 Borrowmeadow Road, Stirling FK7 7UW

Tel: 01786 450745

Opening hours

The office is open to the public on Monday to Thursday (closed Fridays) from 9.00 - 12.30 and 1.30 - 4.30 (the office closes for lunch between 12.30 - 1.30). While no appointment is necessary, it is advisable to contact us in advance, as reader spaces are limited.

PLEASE NOTE the Council Archives will be closing for the festive season on the 18th DECEMBER 2014 and will not re-open until the 5th JANUARY 2015.

Park and Ride

*There are currently alterations to the Park & Ride bus route due to railway bridge replacements.  Please check for up to date information before travelling*

A park and ride bus service runs from the city centre bus station (Stance 1) to Forthbank Stadium every 12 minutes - there are stops just two minutes' walk from the archives.  See map for details of these.

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Refreshments

While the archives has no refreshment facilities, there are a number of outlets within a short walking distance that can provide refreshments for readers.

Car parking

Free car parking spaces are available on the premises. If full, additional free parking is available on Borrowmeadow Road.

Facilities

Public toilets, including disabled toilets, are located on the ground floor adjacent to the public search-room.

Disabled access

The archives is accessible to wheelchairs and we do our best to accommodate disabled users. Please telephone in advance if you have any special requirements.

Where to stay

If you are planning to stay overnight, there are a number of hotels and bed and breakfast establishments in Stirling and the surrounding area. For further information and booking details visit the Visit Scotland website. 

Preserving the past

The aim of the Archives Service is to make sure that the records in our care are kept safe and secure for present and future generations of users. As records are unique, fragile and largely organic they require specialised storage and care to ensure their continued survival.

Cleaning Documents Our archival collections are stored in the strong room: a secure and environmentally stable area that offers optimum conditions for the preservation of records. Records are also placed in archival preservation materials, such as acid-free boxes and envelopes, to provide additional support and protection. This preservation environment ensures that the records are free from agents that could cause them harm, such as damp, mould or insects.  

Records that are mishandled or stored in poor storage conditions can often become damaged and illegible. Such documents require specialist repair work to ensure their survival and future use. Conservators carry out this work and the archive service regularly identifies items that are sent to professional conservation units for repair.