Welcome



Welcome to The Irvine Archive. This resource was founded on 11th August 2012 by Clyde Imagineering, a volunteer group which helps communities to help themselves: https://sites.google.com/site/clydeimagine/ . On 1st April  2017 it was transferred to onsideirvine, who now run it on behalf of the local community. You can contact their team of volunteers via email: onsideirvine@gmail.com

Irvine, located on the Firth of Clyde in Scotland, is the administrative capital of North Ayrshire. Its history can be proven to date back to the time of the Roman occupation of Britain (and, in all probability, it served as a tribal centre before this). It has fulfilled many roles over the past 2,000 years: a base for the spreading of Christianity; it served as the military capital of Scotland for two centuries; it was the principal port for the City of Glasgow for six hundred years (effectively being Scotland's ancient Atlantic gateway); it was a significant administrative, legal and mercantile centre (holding sway over much of the north of the former County of Ayr); it became a major player in the development of the UK's chemical and munitions industries; in 1966 it was designated as Scotland's fifth New Town (Britain's only seaside New Town); it is linked to the development of Robert Burns as a published poet; and is the birthplace of artists (including George Henry - one of the world-famous 'Glasgow Boys'), engineers (James Steadman has been credited with the invention of the screw propeller), actors (including Broadway and Hollywood star Robert B. Mantell), writers (including John Galt), poets (including James Montgomery) and publishers (The Macmillan Press was co-founded by Irvine boy, Alexander Macmillan). 

The town was the location for the signing of one of Scots History's most infamous peace treaties between Scotland and England (The Capitulation of Irvine, 1297); and in May 1887, on Irvine Moor, Keir Hardie gave his first major Socialist speech (starting a process which would lead to the formation of the UK Labour Party; Hardie became its first Leader).

The main purpose of this website is to provide users of the Archive with a means of gaining rapid access to material stored elsewhere on the Internet (such as Flickr, You Tube and file-sharing sites). You will find links to these resources contained within the Catalogue and Film & Video pages of this site.

We hope that you will enjoy viewing this site and using it as a means to exploring the magnificent heritage of The Royal Burgh of Irvine.