Archives

The Esquimalt Municipal Archives provides a safe, permanent, and accessible home for municipal records of historical and legal value for both the township and the community. 

Located at 103-1249 Esquimalt Road, the township welcomes visitors to pop in and chat with an archivist or community volunteer. 

The Township of Esquimalt is within the Traditional Territories of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations.

Hours

  • Tuesday, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday/ Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mandate

  • Collects, preserves, and makes available to the public, archival material pertaining to the Township of Esquimalt from early settler times to the present and within the current and historical boundaries of the municipality.
  • Promotes public awareness and understanding of Esquimalt’s rich heritage
  • Records current events and acquires present day information.

Holdings

The Archives’ permanent collection includes:

  • Local government records (i.e. inactive and historically valuable records of the Corporation of the Township of Esquimalt)
  • Graphic records (e.g. photographs, slides, drawings, prints, maps, and plans)
  • Manuscripts (e.g. letters, diaries, oral histories, business records, and family papers)
  • Library collection, including books and journals on topics of local historical interest
  • Vertical files (i.e. newspaper clippings, notes, and biographical files)

For information about donating historical materials, please contact the Archives.

Plan a visit

Space is available by appointment for on-site research during the Archives' public hours. Materials may not be removed from the archives; however, copies of unrestricted material may be ordered through the archives at a reasonable cost. 

Please phone or email the Archives to schedule an appointment and request records in advance of your visit. 

Contact information

Tel: 250-412-8540
Email: [email protected]

 

Affiliations

The Esquimalt Municipal Archives is a member of the Archives Association of British Columbia and the Hallmark Heritage Society.