Heritage Centre

Discover your history at the Heritage Centre

Explore the archives, climb your family tree and learn more about Paisley and Renfrewshire at the Heritage Centre. 

Trace your family history and relax in the quiet of the Heritage Centre. Heritage Services run free family history surgeries to help you research, with friendly and experienced staff at hand to help you get started.

Explore the origins of your name and activities of your ancestors – who knows what you will find?

The great resources available also let you dive into the history of Renfrewshire, its people and places. From the earliest times to the present day. With significant archives, this is a fantastic opportunity for historians, students and people who just want to know a little more.

Heritage Services are bought to you by OneRen.

Before you visit

The centre are continuing to encourage visitors to pre-book their visits as this allows the team to discuss your research requirements and to prepare resources in advance for the visit. Bookings are in two-hour slots, 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday; please arrange by emailing heritage@renfrewshire.gov.uk  or by calling 0141 487 3722.

History and Heritage online

As well as the incredible resources available at the Centre in-person, we have a host of information online. Check out our Towns and Villages Stories section for a deeper dive into the history and heritage of our place.


Heritage Centre
Studio 907
Mile End Mill
Abbeymill Business Centre
12 Seedhill Road

Opening times
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

Bookings are in two-hour slots, 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday; please arrange by emailing at heritage@renfrewshire.gov.uk  or by calling 0141 487 3722.

Visitors are also welcome to drop-in during our opening hours of 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday where Heritage Centre staff will assist with their enquiries. Face coverings are no longer required on visits, however visitors can wear a face covering if they prefer.





Paisley has a wonderful historic heritage from the medieval until very recently, and is simply one of Scotland's most important places.

Professor Gerard Carruthers
Professor of Scottish Literature
University of Glasgow

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