Carrickfergus Museum

Collections and Research

Carrickfergus Museum holds a range of material, both on display and in the reserve collections in storage. 

The museum gallery contains an object rich display which includes items of local and national importance.

While much of this comes from the legacy council’s civic collection, including the iconic ceremonial sword and mace, numerous items on loan from national institutions and private collections.

The stored collection holds a mix of material dating mostly to the 19th and early 20th centuries and covers a wide-range of themes including: Civic Life; Works of Art; Social Life; Industrial Life and Military Life, as well as a great deal of archival material useful to the researcher including old town records and Freeman rolls.

A separate Civic collection located mainly in the Town Hall consists of items in the Mayor’s Parlour, paintings in the chamber and the Livingstone collection of illustrations.

Should you have any queries regarding any of the collections held at Carrickfergus Museum, would like to view any material held in storage or would like to donate to the museum, please contact the Collections Access Officer:

T: 028 9335 8241 or

Old Town Records

The town records are an invaluable historical resource for any researcher and having become artefacts in their own right.

They possess a fascinating insight into development of the town. 

We have two collections available to view online:

1569 - 1747 and 1600 - 1800

Downloadable Resources

Town Records

Carrickfergus Museum holds a collection of town records dating back to 1765.

A short calendar can be downloaded here:

Heritage Guide

A walking trail around historic Carrickfergus.

Exploring Your Roots

Discover how the museum can be a treasure trove for finding out about your ancestors.

Carrickfergus Civic Collection

Find out more about this important collection in this exhibition guide.