1151 Bronte Road, Oakville
Ontario, Canada, L6M 3L1
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Toll free: 1-866-442-5866
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Heritage Services cares for a collection of artifacts and archival materials which are owned by Halton Region. These tangible records of our past are preserved for future generations and used to develop exhibits and programs.
Halton’s heritage collections
Donating artifacts or archival material
Researching Halton’s heritage
What is the geographical scope of the Halton Region collection?
Items in the collection cover present-day Halton Region and the historic townships of Nelson, Esquesing, Nassagaweya and Trafalgar, which comprised Halton County from 1816 to 1974, after which it was restructured into the Regional Municipality of Halton.
What is in the Halton Region collection?
Halton’s artifact and archival collections are comprised of over 20,000 items of significance to Halton region’s history, culture and heritage.
What kinds of artifacts are in the collection?
The artifact collection, which dates from the pre-contact period before European settlement through to the present day, includes:
What kinds of archival materials are in the collection?
The archival collection, which dates from the early 1800s through to present day, includes items from Halton organizations and businesses such as:
What is Heritage Services collecting now?
At the present time, we are particularly interested in:
Do you accept donations?
Yes. Heritage Services is interested in collecting artifact and archival material that speaks to the history and culture of Halton.
Do you accept all donations?
Not necessarily. Decisions about whether to accept a proposed donation are based on how well the donation would help us meet our objectives to preserve the material and cultural heritage of Halton Region.
Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?
If you are interested in receiving a tax receipt for your donation, please let us know when proposing it so that we may discuss your options with you.
How does Heritage Services decide which donations to accept?
When you propose a donation, we consider:
Can I do research through Heritage Services?
Yes, by appointment. We offer an on-site reference library and research assistance to genealogists, academic researchers and the general public looking to discover more about the history of Halton region.
What research resources do you offer?
The main focus of the Museum’s library is published and unpublished local historical and genealogical materials. The holdings relate to the modern municipalities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville and the historic townships of Nelson, Esquesing, Nassagawaya and Trafalgar.
These research files also include family information such as local family trees and biographical material, as well as information on historic places within the region.
Can I borrow materials from your library?
Our collections are non-circulating and must be used on-site.
Can I carry out research in the archives or the artifact collections as well as the library?
Yes, by appointment.
Will you do research for me?
After we receive and review your research request, we will work with you to determine the best way to provide the information you are seeking.
Ask us about research
For problems or questions regarding this site, please email Halton
or dial 311 or 905-825-6000
Toll free 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866) | TTY: 905-827-9833
Halton Region is composed of
the City of Burlington,
the Town of Halton Hills,
the Town of Milton,
and the Town of Oakville .