Aberdeenshire Museums Service – HQ Building

Station Road, Mintlaw, Peterhead, AB42 5EE

01771 622807


´╗┐Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.30pm
(note – Mondays by appointment only), closed Aberdeenshire statutory holidays

Aberdeenshire Museums Service HQ building houses the central stores for the service’s reserve
collections of artefacts, archives and photographs, which reflect the history and natural history
of Aberdeenshire.

The photograph collection is strongest in images of the Peterhead, Inverurie and Banff areas,
dates varying from 1860s to 1950s. A variety of miscellaneous archival records are held; those of particular interest to genealogical researchers include:

  • A selection of business records relating to Crosse & Blackwell and Cleveland Twist Drill
    in Peterhead, as well as some rural trade and farming businesses
  • A small number of whaling journals kept by crew members of Peterhead whalers
  • The Arrivals/Sailings registers of Peterhead Harbour Board, 1865-1935
  • The prisoner of war diaries of Thomas Ainsworth who was held at MARLAG und MILAG
    NORD camp from 1941 to 1945
  • A major archive relating to the Troup and MacDonald families from Huntly, descended from the preacher and author, George MacDonald. This archive includes original manuscripts, correspondence, photographs and other memorabilia
  • There is a good, though incomplete, run of the Transactions of the (Royal) Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland from 1872 to 1968