West Dunbartonshire Council Local History and Archives

About this Organisation

West Dunbartonshire Council Local History and Archives are part of Libraries & Cultural Services. The Local History and Archive collections hold a huge volume of documents that describe the history of the area and its communities. West Dunbartonshire Council’s local history and archive collections are held in three locations: Clydebank Library Heritage Centre; Dumbarton Library Heritage Centre and Libraries & Cultural Services HQ in Dumbarton.

The industrial history of the area is particularly well represented including shipbuilding in both Clydebank and Dumbarton; and the Vale of Leven Turkey Red printing and dyeing industries. Featured collections include: records and photographs relating to the Singer Factory in Clydebank; reminiscences, documents and photographs from the Clydebank Blitz; an extensive map collection; the local newspapers of the Clydebank Press 1891 - and Dumbarton and Lennox Herald 1851; the official records for the burgh of Clydebank dating from its formation in 1886 and for the Burgh of Dumbarton the Town Council Minutes dating from 1578; plus earlier archive documents dating back to 1488 including a letter under the Privy Seal of James III.

Visitors are very welcome to visit and the heritage teams are happy to help with family history and local history enquiries.

Organisation Type

Public Library or Archive


Libraries & Cultural Services HQ
19 Poplar Road
West Dunbartonshire
G82 2RJ

Other Information

Entry last updated: March 26th, 2019

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