Whether you are a student researching a project, a genealogist tracing their family history, or simply a person with a curious itch that needs to be scratched, anyone who is interested in the people and history of Bruce County will find the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre’s Reading Room the ideal place to begin to find the answers. The Reading Room is the access point to countless records that chronicle Bruce County’s rich heritage.
The Reading Room is a well-lit workspace with comfortable seating, spacious tables, microfilm readers, computers and reference materials for the visitors.
Adjacent to the Reading Room are the Bruce County Archives that contain original records that can aid in any kind of research.
Some of the resources available include:
- The Audrey Webster Uncerwood Library of the Bruce County Genealogical Society
- Area Histories
- Census records
- Local newspapers on microfilm
- Family Histories
- Copies of Women’s Institute Tweedsmuir Histories (scrapbooks)
- Photograph Finding Aid
- And much more
Access to the Reading Room
Members of the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre have access to the Reading Room included in their fees.
There is a charge of $5.00 per day for non-members or a Reading Room pass can be purchased for $25.00 giving daily access to the Reading Room for a full year.
A knowledgeable staff supervises the Reading Room and is always available to assist you. The Archivist and Archival Assistant are on hand Monday to Friday. While the records stored in the Archives are available to the public, the archival storage area is a closed space. If there is anything needed from the Archives, the Archivist and Archival Assistant will retrieve the materials upon the completion of a call sheet. Archival materials are not available on weekends unless the researcher makes arrangements ahead of time. It is always a good idea to call ahead before your visit to the Reading Room. It will allow the archives staff to prepare materials in storage and to reserve the microfilm readers if necessary.
When you arrive in the Reading Room, you will be asked to read our access and use policy and fill out a registration form. A consultation with the archives staff is always a good way to begin your visit as they will be able to direct you to the appropriate resources quickly.
Please note that while we are more than willing to assist you in your research, we cannot do the work for you. Reasonable requests for information can be accommodated for a small fee. If in depth research is necessary and you cannot visit on your own, we may be able to provide you with a list of researchers who can help you.
Click the links below to download the appropriate forms: