About the Archives and Museum

We collect, care for and provide access to archival materials and artefacts that represent the stories of the people, places and development of Northumberland County.

Our history

The Cobourg & District Historical Society began the Archives in 1980. The collection grew to be a great representation of early life in Cobourg thanks to dedicated volunteers and the contributions of residents. In 1995, the Archives moved to its current location in the C. Gordon King Centre. In 2012, Northumberland County began managing the Archives, expanding its services to cover all of Northumberland. In 2019, the Archives was renamed the Northumberland County Archives & Museum (NCAM) to reflect its diverse collection of documentary materials and objects, and align with future exhibitions and public programs. 

Our staff and volunteers

Our team has two full-time staff who also balance the operations of Records and Information Management for Northumberland County. We accept student placements and find their project work invaluable. We also currently have six regular weekly volunteers who assist in transcribing and collections management projects.

If you are interested in a student placement or volunteer role, please contact us. Due to space restrictions, opportunities are limited.

Our future

A new Northumberland County Archives and Museum facility is scheduled to open in Cobourg in 2022. We will share an innovative new building space with the County's long-term care facility, the Golden Plough Lodge. The space will include an expanded reading room for research, programming space for exhibitions and community groups, storage rooms and a conservation lab. We are excited to collaborate with our community partners to ensure a future for our past.

Our 2020-2023 Strategic Plan will guide our activities over the next three years as we transition to our new space.