The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre is dedicated to preserving Scotland's Jewish heritage. Since 1987 we have been collecting historic material relating to the experiences of Jewish people in Scotland over the past 200 years. We document, preserve, exhibit and publish aspects of the collections and make the collections available for education, academic research, tourists and visitors of all kinds.  We welcome research enquiries and visitors and organise regular Open Days and events.

Our Collections

The Centre collects a wide range of material, and its large collection includes old synagogue minute books and registers, membership lists, over 6,000 photographs, oral history recordings, annual reports of many communal organisations, a small library of books of Scottish Jewish interest, friendly society regalia, personal papers, war medals, ceremonial keys, newspapers, magazines, trophies, plaques, paintings and sculptures.

Open to everyone

These collections are documented, preserved and exhibited for the benefit of the general public, and visitors including researchers, school pupils, students, postgraduates, journalists, television producers, tourists, family historians and others.

Founded in 1987 and based in Garnethill Synagogue in Glasgow (Scotland's oldest), the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre aims to document and illustrate the religious, organisational, social, economic, political, cultural and family life of Jews in Scotland since the eighteenth century. It provides a research facility and an educational resource for the Jewish, and also the wider community, in order to heighten awareness of the Jewish heritage in Scotland and to stimulate study of the history of the Jews in this country.