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Museums and Archives Service

West Lothian has a rich history and heritage.

West Lothian Council Museums and Archives Service is the starting place for any enquiry about the history of West Lothian. Use our services to gain access to informative historical resources, original historic records and a wide range of local history objects. Find out more in the pages below about family & local history, visiting our museums, accessing the archives and making donations.

West Lothian Council Archives preserve and makes accessible records relating to the history of West Lothian.
Our museums service cares for and displays local history objects. We are responsible for several Community Museums and offer outreach services for schools and more.
The Local History Library is based in Tam Dalyell House (formerly County Buildings) in Linlithgow High Street. The Library is the best starting point for your family history research.
West Lothian's past is still very much present all around us. Important historic sites like Cairnpapple and Linlithgow Palace, stately homes like Hopetoun and the Binns, and the many museums and heritage attractions all help to bring the past alive.
There are many ways to get involved with West Lothian Heritage Services.
West Lothian Council has an agreed protocol for dealing with requests for the naming or renaming of heritable council property, public spaces or any other places otherwise in the control of the council.