Community Archive and Heritage Group (CAHG) Scotland

The aim of CAHG Scotland is to create a self-sustaining network of community archive groups within Scotland, committed to a vision and ethos of collaboration and mutual support. CAHG Scotland listens to and delivers outcomes for communities and heritage organisations based in Scotland, celebrating and highlighting its diversity. The network embraces sharing and providing knowledge, training and best practice whilst supporting and advocating on behalf of community archives and heritage groups.

The Archives and Records Association UK and Ireland (ARA) supports this specialist Community Archives and Heritage Group, including the 1,800 community groups currently registered within CAHG.

Follow all the latest CAHG Scotland news on Twitter @CArchivesScot 

CAHG Scotland Committee

Audrey Wilson

Audrey is the Partnerships and Engagement Manager at the Scottish Council on Archives. Audrey sits on the Board of Community Archives Heritage Group (CAHG) a speciality group of Archives and Record Association UK & Ireland.  She is leading on the pilot project of forming a CAHG Scotland Network  – bringing together people based in Scotland with an interest in community heritage archives. Any questions about CAHG Scotland please email

Dr Nicky Imrie

Nicky is a trustee and volunteer coordinator at OurStory Scotland, which has been collecting, archiving and sharing LGBTQ+ stories from across Scotland since 2002. She is an experienced built-environment researcher, community-engagement practitioner, volunteer coordinator, modelmaker and translator from German to English.


Paula Larkin

Paula is the trust archivist at the GovanHill Baths Archive. The archive is an independent community archive, with permanent exhibition space which was set up in 2014. It has a fascinating and truly unique collection which reflects the wide and varied activities which have taken place in the Baths for over 100 years.


Sean Rippington

Sean is the Digital Archivist and Copyright Manager at the University of St Andrews Libraries and Museums, and volunteers at the Tayport F.C. archive. He’s interested in digital preservation, digitisation, sporting collections, and sustainability for community heritage.



Dr Alison Rosie

Alison is Registrar at the National Register of Archives for Scotland (NRAS), the body which has been supporting private owners in Scotland with advice on all issues relating to the care and preservation of their archives since 1946. There is now information on over 4500 private collections on the Register and the NRAS is always keen to add more to reflect Scotland’s rich archival heritage.


John Pelan

John Pelan is the Director of the Scottish Council on Archives. John has worked in the culture and heritage sectors in Scotland for several decades including as the Director of the Scottish Civic Trust and he has held senior positions with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. John is passionate about archives and the role they have in fostering a sense of identity and engagement with the past.

Stevan Lockhart

Stevan is a volunteer administrator, trainer and technology architect at the Assynt Digital Archive, established in 2011, and consisting of an eclectic and growing set of collections held at the offices of the Assynt Crofters’ Trust. Stevan has wide experience in corporate IT, and a more recent degree in Scottish Cultural Studies, studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Alison Mason

Alison is Highland Archivist at Highland Archive Service (part of High Life Highland)  which collects, preserves, catalogues, and celebrates the documentary heritage of the Highlands and has collections spanning over 700 years. 



Seonaid McDonald

Seonaid is the Archivist at Tasglann nan Eilean, the archive service of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar – the local authority which serves the Outer Hebrides. As well as running the public archive service, part of her role involves offering advice and support to the network of thirty comainn eachdraidh (local historical societies) and community heritage organisations throughout the islands in regard to caring for their archives.

Phil Astley

Phil Astley is City Archivist for Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives. With over twenty years’ experience in the archive sector, he has previously worked at Aberdeen University (2004-2008), the North Highland Archive (2003-2004) and the Orkney Library and Archive (1994-2003). He is also a trustee of the Scottish Council on Archives.


Lorna Steele

Lorna Steele is the Community Engagement Officer for the Highland Archive Service, whose four archive centres contain historic documents, covering a third of Scotland’s landmass and dating from the 1200s to the present day.  Her role involves connecting a diverse range of audiences, from school pupils to prison inmates, with these fascinating documents.


Ishbel MacKinnon

Ishbel is Senior Officer for Archives and Local & Family History at Culture Perth and Kinross where she is responsible for managing Perth & Kinross Archive and the related Local Studies collections in AK Bell Library, Perth. The Archive looks after official, business, community, family and personal records relating to all aspects of the history of Perth & Kinross. 


CAHG Scotland Current Events

CAHG Scotland Past Events

Community Archives and Heritage Group Posters

CAHG Conference, Glasgow 2019. Theme: Moving Memories: migration in community archives


Colourful Heritage, Glasgow.

Forth & Clyde Canal Society.

Govanhill Baths

Makers Memories, Cornwall.

Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust.

Moycullen Heritage, Galway.

OurStory, Scotland.

Salt of the Earth.