Archive

Our public archive holds a unique collection of documents and images spanning the last 250 years of Helmsdale, Kildonan and Loth’s history.  Containing over 11,000 items, the archive holds a wealth of information for visitors, genealogists and researchers.  Treasures of our archive can be explored in our dedicated archive space:  from estate accounts to shop receipts, from blow-by-blow accounts of dramatic coastguard rescues to school photographs, and changing views of Helmsdale from the late eighteenth century to the present day. 

Timespan’s Archive exists to collect, preserve and promote records of the area’s heritage.  We provide an accessible and engaging place of research for:

Visitors
Inspired to find out more about the Highland Clearances after visiting our museum?  Curious about the Kildonan Gold Rush?  Discover how you can find out more on our visitor’s page.

Genealogists
Searching for a long-lost ancestor from Kildonan or Loth?  For research resources and services, please visit our genealogist’s page.

Researchers
From land management to maritime history, photography to sport, our archive holds primary sources of interest to historical researchers.  Find out more about our collections and how we can help you on our research page.

This is an exciting time in the life of the archive as we undertake a major development project to transform our archive.  Our vision for the archive, details of the project, and how you can get involved can be found on our transforming our archive page.