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The Kilmacolm Civic Trust (KCT) Archive has a collection of photographs, slides, postcards, documents, books, artifacts and maps, mainly from the 19th Century to the present day. The holdings reflect the varied donations of the residents over the years and provide a fascinating insight into village life.
A small team of dedicated local people are currently working their way through the Archive and creating an Accessible Electronic List of what we have. We also plan to digitise some of the more iconic images from the collection. When the project is complete, the List and electronic images will be searchable and publically available via the KCT Website. We are three quarters of the way through this project and intend to complete it in 2019 - our 50th Anniversary year.

We welcome new material that is likely to enhance the Collection. If you think you might have something to donate, please contact:
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Over the years of its existence Kilmacolm Civic Trust has been building up an archive of material relating to the history of the village. For a number of years this was looked after by the late Mrs Irene Dunn. The History of Kilmacolm by David Roe, which is mentioned elsewhere on the website, was a project encouraged by Mrs Dunn and aided by reference to the archives. It has also been of use in academic research. St Columba's School have provided space for storage while decisions are made how best to make it readliy available for general access. We wish to thank the school for their kind gesture.

The archive has information on a number of different topics, such as agriculture, education, local societies, and railways. The material is in a variety of forms, e.g. photographs, books, memoirs, newspapers, show programmes and maps.

The Trust is keen to continue to build up the Archive. If anyone has material that they might wish to donate, contact can be made via this website, or by communicating with any member of the Executive Committee. Another key way to add to the Archive is in the form of personal memories. These may be at length or brief notes about people, places, events, changes etc.

The Archive holds a copy of an address given by Brown McMinn in 1953 where he spoke about the village at the start of the twentieth century. A complete transcript of this address can be found by following this link: Memories of Kilmacolm. The document is a pdf file and may take a few minutes to download.

Memories of Kilmacolm: Brown McMinn

For any further information on helping with the development of this database of personal memories, please contact the Archivist.

Addendum July 2009: we have received two interesting articles from Julia Lawrence about her life in Kilmacolm from 1932 to 1955. Both can be downloaded as pdf files:

Living in Kilmacolm: Julia Lawrence

More memories of Kilmacolm: Julia Lawrence

We have made application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for assistance to record the memories of some of our longer term residents of Kilmacolm around the middle of the twentieth century.