Inverclyde Heritage Hub

About this Organisation

The Inverclyde Heritage Hub is Inverclyde's centre for local archives, local history, family history research, historical newspapers and photographs.

There are displays of objects connected with local history such as shipyard flags, logbooks, advertisements. The local history book collection covers the history of all parts of Inverclyde - Greenock, Gourock, Port Glasgow, Kilmacolm, Inverkip.

Talks on local and family history are held regularly.


Organisation Type

Museum Library or Archive
Public Library or Archive


Inverclyde Heritage Hub
75-81 Cathcart Street
PA15 1DE
Entry last updated: August 14th, 2018

Resources Available

Title Description Type
Newspapers on Microfilm

Inverclyde Heritage Hub holds back issues of several local newspapers on microfilm:

Gourock Advertiser: April 1908 – Sept 1909
Gourock Times: May 1915 – Aug 1980
Greenock Advertiser: 1802 – 1879
Greenock Advertising Gazette: Jan – June 1866
Greenock and District News: Oct 1947 – Feb 1950
Greenock and Port Glasgow Angus: May – June 1850
Greenock ... read more

Primary, Newspaper
Intimations Index

Inverclyde Heritage Hub has a printed and online index, called Intimations, to notices of births, deaths and marriages that appeared in local newspapers from 1800 to 1918.

Secondary, Online/Digitised
Census Returns on Microfilm

Inverclyde Heritage Hub holds on microfilm the Census returns for 1841 to 1901 for the old Renfrew County area now covered by Inverclyde Council. The Census is arranged by parish and then by street name. There is a printed index for each Census, compiled by Hub staff.

Old Parish Registers

The Old Parish Registers (Church of Scotland parishes) for the old Renfrew County area (now covered by Inverclyde Council) from 1690 to 1854 are available on microfilm in the Hub.

Historic Maps

The Hub has pre-Ordnance Survey maps from 1857 to 1860, 1898 to 1899 and 1930, and OS map series 1, 2, and 3.

Primary, Maps

The Hub has a large collection of local photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries. Subjects covered include streets, schools, harbours, factories, shipping, farms. A large selection of these is available on the following website:

Primary, Images/Photographs
Post Office Directories

The Hub has Post Office Directories from the early 1800s to 1976. These list individuals and their occupations, and local businesses. The printed indexes have been digitised by the NLS and can be viewed online at:

https://www.inverclyde. ... read more

Primary, Online/Digitised
Heritage Hub Book Collection

The Hub has an extensive collection of books on all aspects of Inverclyde’s local and family history. Subjects covered include the history of shipbuilding, shipping lines, clubs and societies, cinemas and theatres, churches and local transport (trains, buses, ferries). The catalogue of the collection and the rest of Inverclyde Libraries bookstock across our branches is available at:

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Secondary, Catalogued
Inverclyde Archives

The Archive looks after documents and records covering the last 400 years of Inverclyde’s fascinating history. These include the records of local government including the three historic Burghs of Greenock, Gourock and Port Glasgow. The Archives also hold the records of local businesses, community organisations, clubs, local societies and family papers. Rare historic maps and plans are also ... read more


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