Clarington Museums & Archives

The Clarington Archives have been collecting local history and genealogy materials for 50 years and would be happy to assist you with your research.

The collection is made up of the amalgamation of the archives from the Bowmanville and Clarke Museums. Geographically we cover the entire Clarington area (former Townships of Darlington and Clarke and including the towns of Bowmanville, Newcastle and Orono). We have family files, subject files, and business files. We have church, local organizations, sports, and school information in our files. Many of the resources we have are unique.

We also have local newspapers, census records, cemetery records, old photographs, and
assessment rolls.

Collection Highlights include records on the Dominion Organ and Piano Collection, World War II German P.O.W. Camp 30 in Bowmanville, and legal papers belonging to Bowmanville founder Charles Bowman. We have the diaries of J.L. Powers of Kirby spanning the years 1896 to 1926 and the diaries of John Stewart of Clarke Township for the years 1900-1934.

How to contact Curator Heather Ridge
Phone: 905-623-2734
Email:                                                                                Website:

Hours: Open Monday to Friday 11:00am to 4:00pm and by appointment. Booking an appointment is preferred, but not necessary

Archival visit cost is $10.00                                                                                                                 Scans are $1.00                                                                                                                               Photocopies are .25 cents each                                                                                                     Research services for $25.00 per hour.                                                                                               Feel free to call with questions. We do not charge for consultations. Museum members get free archival visits and 10 % discount on other fees.