Local History, Museums and Heritage Centres

Moray Connections

Moray Connections WebsiteMoray Heritage Connections is a membership organisation that aims to promote the culture and heritage of Moray through its heritage centres and museums. Go to the Main website to see all the heritage centres in Moray. This website has been created to provide more accessible information about places to visit and sources for genealogical research in the area.

Moray & Nairn Family History Society
Link to the website of the Moray and Nairn Family History SocietyMoray & Nairn Family History Society was established in February 2009, for people researching their ancestry in these old counties.  The society has members throughout Britain and overseas.

The aim of the Society is to promote the study of genealogy and family history in Moray and Nairnshire, as well as the production of publications relating to these counties.

Moray Burial Ground Research Group
Moray Burial Ground Research Group websiteThe group was formed in 2003 with the task of surveying every burial ground in Moray, which also includes part of the old county of Banff. The website features links to an extensive archive of information and a list of related publications.  

Buckie Heritage Centre and Website

Buckie Heritage Centre Website

The Heritage Centre exists to preserve the rich fishing heritage of Buckie and District and to provide assistance to research and gather information on the past, present and future history of this area. This is partially facilitated via the website at www.buckieheritage.org

Admission: Free but donations are welcome

Contact: For more information please visit
Tel: 01542 834702

Cullen, Deskford and Portknockie Heritage Group
Cullen Deskford and Portknockie Heritage Group
Opening Hours:
10am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday June until September, Cullen Memorial Hall, Cullen Town Hall

The Group also hold monthly meetings on the first Monday of the month 2pm-4pm, September to May in Hall Church, York Place, Cullen

No charge at displays but donations are appreciated.

Fochabers Heritage Centre

Link to the Fochabers heritage centre

High Street, Fochabers. IV32 7DX
01343 821204
The opening hours for Fochabers Heritage are:
Mon: closed
Tues-Fri: 11am-4pm
Sat-Sun: 2pm-4pm
Opens- Easter weekend.
Closed end of September.

Opened in 1984, the museum houses a collection of gigs and carriages and an eclectic array of everyday objects showing the way of life and traditions of the north east of Scotland in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Findhorn Heritage centre and icehouse
Link to Findhorn Heritage Centre and IcehouseThe Heritage Centre and Icehouse are open from 2pm to 5pm daily in June, July and August. During May and September, they are open on Saturdays and Sundays only.

The Heritage Centre and Icehouse are at the north end of the village.

Portgordon Heritage Group

Link to Portgordon Heritage GroupThis informal group meets in Lampie Hoose in the village of Portgordon every second Wednesday 2.00-4.00 p.m. The usual format is to have a speaker followed by refreshments. The social aspect is well worth the effort and the speakers cover a wide variety of subjects.
Women in Moray

Link to Women of Moray websiteA project has grown up around the book, Women of Moray, extending the promotion of women’s history into the community. A website/blog asks for posts of a short text, with photograph if available, of a woman’s life or a part of her life that is of interest. The book explores in detail the lives of more than seventy women connected to Moray. Any profits from the book will go to charity – to Moray Women’s Aid or Elgin Museum. There is an exhibition on women artists in Elgin Museum through April 2012.

Elgin Museum

Link to Elgin Museum WebsiteElgin Museum is Scotland’s oldest independent museum. The collections are housed in a Grade A listed building at the east end of the High Street. Here you will find objects displayed from all around the world, but especially from Moray, dating from before the dinosaurs to the present day. Elgin Museum actively encourage groups of children to participate in museum projects.

Keith Heritage Group

Keith Heritage Group WebsiteHere is a link to the Local Heritage Group in Keith which is part of Moray Connections. The Keith & District Local Heritage Group’s main aims are to advance the education of the public in the history of Keith and District and to collect and compile recorded items, artefacts and writings, which are stored in the Library.

The group also give talks to local schools and present slide shows for groups. They have also been involved in the production of walks leaflets and books and the installation of plaques on historic structures.

Falconer Museum in Forres
Friends of the Falconer have an Oral History Project they did a few years ago. Listen to their recordings here and there is also access to the recordings in the museum itself.
Forres Falconer Museum Oral History Project