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Archive

Our archive is open to the public for self-guided research during Timespan’s opening hours.  If you’re interested in the social history of our parish, or our museum has sparked your curiosity about the local and global implications of the Highland Clearances, our archive is a great place to find out more.

The archive holds around 1500 original historical photographs and documents, 11,000 digital copies of photographs held by community members, and oral histories in audio and audio-visual formats. In addition, we hold copies of census records, parish registers, estate records and rentals, gravestone transcriptions, and secondary literature on a number of local historical themes: the Kildonan Clearances 1810–25, the Kildonan Gold Rush 1869, Sea and River Fishing, Land Ownership and the History of Crofting including the Highland Land League and much more.

We welcome and encourage people to come and work with our archive. Please get in touch if you think we can help with your research or have any questions about what documents we hold enquiries@timespan.org.uk.

You can search our digital archive here.

Genealogy Service

Tracing Highland genealogy can be frustrating,especially to those not familiar with local records, places and people.  We have an experienced Genealogy Group who can help with enquiries or undertake research on your behalf. Details and the costs of our services are available here. Your fees help us to continue to care for our archive and to maintain our genealogy resources.Please fill out our genealogy enquiry form with as much information as you have, and email it to genealogy@timespan.org.uk.

Developing the archive into an accessible and welcoming space was generously supported through Heritage Lottery Funding.