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Doors Open Day 2018

Date: Sat 22 and Sun 23 September 2018
Location: Argyll Estates Office, Cherry Park, Inveraray

For Doors Open Day 2018 the Argyll Papers at Inveraray Castle will be open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, from 1.00pm to 5.00pm.

Join us for ‘Behind the Scenes’ tours of the archives stores: hear about the amazing collections we hold; find out how the records may be able to help you with your own research projects; try your hand at a little palaeography challenge. This year you also have the opportunity to join a tour of Old Inveraray, the town razed to the ground in the 18th century. Volunteers who have been researching the history of the old town, will be on hand to guide you around the outside of  the current Inveraray Castle, recreating the old town, its streets, houses and pubs.

Tours are free but must be pre-booked. Email Alison at or phone 01499 302698 or 07943 667673 to book.  

‘Behind the Scenes’ tours are at 1.30pm and 3.30pm

‘Old Inveraray’ tours are at 2.00pm and 3.00pm

For a total Archive Adventure, why not also visit the Live Argyll Archives (formerly the Archive and Bute Council Archives) in Lochgilphead in the morning of Sat 22 September? Pre-book tours of the archive stores at Lochgilphead by email:

Doors Open Day 2018 at the Argyll Papers is part of the HLF funded Written in the Landscape project, opening up the family archives in Argyll and Bute held by the Argyll Papers and at Live Argyll Archives in Lochgilphead.

Practical workshop for cleaning and packaging archival maps and plans

Date: Mon 20 August 2018
Location: Argyll Estates Office, Cherry Park, Inveraray

On Monday 20 August 2018, Richard Aitken ACR, Senior Conservator, High Life Highland, will be leading a practical workshop on DIY cleaning of maps and plans and the options for preservation packaging.

There are a limited number of places for this workshop due to available space and its practical nature.

The training is targeted primarily at those who wish to volunteer regularly between September 2018 and March 2019, to clean and re-package the maps and plans in the Argyll Papers.

Please note your interest in volunteering and training by emailing Alison at or by phoning 07943 667673 before 31 July 2018. A registration form will be sent out nearer the time.

If you wish to participate in the workshop but are unable to volunteer with the Argyll Papers, your name can be added to a reserve list and available spaces will be allocated (on a first-come, first-served basis) after 31 July.

Please note that this workshop will include hands-on cleaning and packaging which requires handling large and sometimes unwieldy objects, and appropriate clothing.

This workshop is part of the HLF funded Written in the Landscape project, opening up the family archives in Argyll and Bute held by the Argyll Papers and at Live Argyll Archives in Lochgilphead.

Friends of the Argyll Papers second annual meeting

Date: 14 April 2018
Location: Nicoll Hall, Inveraray

We are delighted to announce that the second annual meeting of the Friends of the Argyll Papers will be held on Saturday 14 April 2018 at 11.15 a.m. in the Nicoll Hall, Inveraray. All members of the Friends are warmly invited to attend.

Coffee/tea and biscuits available from 11.00 a.m.

The meeting will include an update on Friends’ activities and fundraising over the year as well as an update on the development of the archives.  See links below to the agenda and last years minutes.

Following the business meeting, we are delighted that Marian Pallister has accepted our invitation to talk about her research into mining in Argyll, much of which was undertaken in the Argyll Papers.

After the meeting, friends are invited to continue to network over lunch in the George Hotel. Please note that friends are responsible for paying for their own lunches but the craic is free!

Please email the Argyll Papers to confirm your attendance or to offer your apologies.


Minutes 2017




Friends of the Argyll Papers launch event

Date: 30 September 2016
Location: Inveraray Castle

‘One of the most important private archives in Britain.’ This is how Professor Allan Macinnes, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Strathclyde and expert on Highland history, described the Argyll Papers at the start of his entertaining and informative talk at Inveraray Castle last Friday. Professor Macinnes proceeded to relate some of the highlights of his many years of research in the archives – when the Papers were stored in the Castle itself – and told at some length a true tale of piratical adventures on the high seas which ended at Loch Craignish.

The talk was the last part of the launch event for the Friends of the Argyll Papers, an organisation established to support the development of the family and estate archive of the Campbell family, dukes of Argyll, and to promote its use and enjoyment by a wide audience. Thirty-five Friends, partners and interested parties arrived promptly at 5pm for a tour of Inveraray Castle. The tour was led by Monika, one of the Castle guides, who enthusiastically shared her knowledge of the family and the Castle. Following the tour, refreshments were served in the Armoury Hall, surrounded by roundels of muskets and Lochaber axes, before moving through to the saloon where Professor Macinnes was to talk.

The Friends of the Argyll Papers has now been launched in style. New ‘friends’ are always welcome – please join online or ‘like us’ on Facebook/friendsoftheargyllpapers.

Archive Awareness Campaign 2015

Date: November 2015
Location: The Argyll Papers, Cherry Park, Inveraray

With support from The Friends, The Argyll Papers will participate in this national initiative aimed at raising the profile of archives and making them more accessible to the general public.

This is a free event, open to Friends and the general public. For further details about the national initiative see