Local History Collection

The local history collection at Paisley Museum gives a fascinating insight into the social and industrial heritage of the town.


From the story of the textile industry in Paisley, to the history of the old jail in County Square, and the devastating effects of both world wars, reminders of Paisley’s social and industrial past are represented here.

One of the most poignant sections of this collection is the memorabilia relating to the Glen Cinema disaster, where 71 children died in a fire in 1929. Artefacts such as a projector reel, a pair of shoes and telegrams from all over the world are displayed here in a reminder to the tragedy.

Contact Us

E-mail: heritage@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Phone: 0300 300 1188

Visit: Heritage Centre, Central Library, High Street, Paisley, PA1 2BB

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Renfrewshire Leisure
11 Christie Street

Tel: 0300 300 0250