Local History Centre

 Contact Details

Central Library
The Wellgate
 Email: local.history@leisureandculturedundee.com
 Tel: 01382 431550
 FAX: 01382 431504

 Opening Hours

Day Time
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday   9.00am to 6.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday 9.30am to 5.00pm

Local History has a collection of over 20,000 items, including books, pamphlets and directories relating to the City of Dundee and surrounding areas. There is also an extensive collection of prints, photographs, postcards, maps and plans.

The Wighton Heritage Centre, home to one of the world's finest collections of Scottish music, forms an annex to Local History.

Newspapers, Periodicals and Magazines – An extensive collection of local newspapers and periodicals and a range of magazines dealing with historical topics. Back copies are retained and are available on request please check for details.

  • Maps and Plans – a wide range of maps and plans from early times to date
  • Lamb Collection – a unique and varied resource of 450 archive boxes of ephemera, mainly from the latter part of the nineteenth century.
  • Family History Collection – including the International Genealogical Index for Scotland and Old Parish Registers and census returns for Dundee and some surrounding areas.
  • Tay Bridge Disaster – a wealth of maps, plans, books, documents, drawings and photographs on the two Tay rail bridges.
  • William McGonagall Collection – a wide-ranging collection of works by and about McGonagall.