Archives

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

Mandate

  • Collects, preserves, and makes available to the public, archival material pertaining to Esquimalt from the earliest times to the present and within the current and historical boundaries of Esquimalt.
  • 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 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 request records in advance of your visit 

Public Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. 
Tel: 250-412-8540
Email: [email protected].

Affiliations

The Esquimalt Municipal Archives has a membership in the BC Museum Association and the Hallmark Heritage Society.