Sunday, 11 October 2020

Hawick Heritage Hub reopens at reduced capacity

From the Heritage Hub website at Hawick (

The Heritage Hub is open now for pre-booked visits and at a reduced capacity.

Visitors can now safely return to the Heritage Hub, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 09:30 to 16:30 by booking in advance.

To book a slot to access Scotland’s People or the archive collection please phone 01450 360699 within those hours or email

The Heritage Hub is the home of the Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Service. It cares for a wide range of archive documents and local history publications from the four historic counties of Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire.

The Heritage Hub is a ScotlandsPeople Centre. For £15.00 a day you can have unlimited access to one of the world’s best online sources of original family history information. There are almost 100 million records to look through for Scottish ancestry research, with census, wills, statutory birth, marriage and death, Old Parish and Roman Catholic records and a growing series of Valuation Rolls.

When you visit the Heritage Hub for the first time you’ll be asked to register. Please bring two forms of identification (at least one must be photographic).

Comment: This is good news for those who are seeking access to the ScotlandsPeople service, although there is reduced capacity initially. There is still no news whatsoever from the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh about the ScotlandsPeople Centre re-opening at any point, but it provides a bit of hope that perhaps some of the other centres may soon be able to restore access to the ScotlandsPeople service at Kilmarnock, Glasgow etc.


My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

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