Archives Services

Derry City Heritage and Museum Service

The Archive and Genealogical Service is based within the Heritage and Museum Service of Derry City Council, which has responsibility for the preservation of the civic records of the Council and its predecessor, the Londonderry Corporation.

The archive and genealogical collection constitutes an extremely valuable source of information both for the history of the City and the Council. The collections provide a comprehensive record of significant socio-economic and political development within the City from the latter half of the seventeenth century to the present day. The extensive archive collection consists of minute books, letter-books and correspondence, legal documents, architectural drawings and plans and a limited photographic collection.  The Heritage and Museum Service also acquire and preserve private collections.  This material ranges from entire business archives, literary collections, military items, railway and maritime collections and political documents.


The main record groups may be summarised as follows:

  • Minute Books - Minutes of Council & Committees meetings for the period of 1673-1969
  • Correspondence & Letter Books - Council correspondence relating to a wide range of subjects for the period of 1849-1969
  • Legal Documents - relating to land and property within the city for the period 1679-1969; access restrictions may apply
  • World War One Records - War Memorial Records
  • Cemetery Records - selection of registers from local cemeteries
  • Architectural plans and drawings - relating to public development and private dwellings constructed in the city from the mid nineteenth century
  • Maps of the city - a range of maps that trace the growth and the development of the city from the mid nineteenth century
  • Photographic collections - limited collection
  • Private collections including records relating to Gwyn's Charitable Institution, the City Factory, Tillie & Hendersons Factory, the Civil Rights Movement, the Transport & General Workers Union and local writer Kathleen Coyle.

Opening Hours:
Public access to the collections is presently by appointment only as refurbishment work is planned for the Harbour Museum building.  The Archivist and Genealogist will shortly relocate to another Council Museum site.  Members of the public should note that whilst collections are in the process of being listed, they will be unavailable for consultation.



Harbour Museum, Harbour Square, Derry, BT48 6AF

Telephone: +44 28 71377331
Fax:    +44 28 71377633
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