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Portal to the Past

Explore East Renfrewshire's rich heritage with specially written local history articles, online exhibitions and access to thousands of digitised images at your fingertips on Portal to the Past

About Portal to the Past

Every town or village in East Renfrewshire has its own unique history and the Portal to the Past website is the number one place to access it.  Packed with local history and old photographs, it's the perfect way to gather information for that school project, answer a tricky question or just while away the hours reminiscing about times past. With more being added all the time there is always something new to explore.

Searching the Heritage Collection

By searching Portal to the Past's online catalogue you can see thousands of items lovingly preserved in East Renfrewshire's heritage collection. Take a wander through our maps and museum objects and browse through photographs from long ago. Many items can be viewed online and you are welcome to visit your local heritage centre to see anything that's not.

Old photo and documents Learning about the past

It's relatively easy to find general information on key historical events and topics but it can be a bit more difficult to find the role your local area played in history. To help you explore closer to home, you can access specially written articles on Portal to the Past which tell the stories of some of East Renfrewshire's most interesting people and places.  Delve a bit deeper with online exhibitions which shine a spotlight on popular topics such as East Renfrewshire during World War 1 or the history of that great Barrhead company, Shanks & Co.

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