Locations visited by Monty Don
21 City Square
The City Archives hold official records relating to the history of Dundee, together with a wide range of historical papers deposited by local businesses, trade unions, voluntary organisations and others.
The Keiller archive is held here, making it an appropriate place for Monty to meet Bill Matthew, an expert on the history of the family and the confectionary company that bore their name. Members of the public visiting in person should either email or telephone the office in advance to make an appointment.
H M General Register House
2 Princes Street
Based in central Edinburgh, the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) holds a very wide range of records for the family historian, including government, court church and private archives. You can learn more about using the archives for research here.
The ScotlandsPeople Centre shares the same address. The centre provides access to the digitised records of the General Register Office for Scotland, the wills and testaments held by NAS, and the coats of arms from the Public Register of all Arms and Bearings in Scotland that's maintained by the Court of the Lord Lyon. Further information is available here.
In Edinburgh, Monty Don researched his Keiller forebears. In scenes that didn't make the final show, he also used the archives of the Erskines, Earls of Mar, to research his father's ancestors, the Erskines of Gogar, a family intimately connected to the young King James VI in the 1560s.
The Moelfre Lifeboat Station has a rich history dating back to the Victorian era. Subject to operational requirements, you can go inside and look around the station throughout the year (please contact the station beforehand regarding Christmas and New Year's Day). It's here that Monty Don learns about the sinking of the Royal Charter in 1859.
Kings Meadow Campus
Manuscripts and Special Collections, part of information services at the University of Nottingham, holds extensive archive and printed collections, including material relating to the East Midlands, ecclesiastical court history, and family and estate collections. It’s here that Monty Don sees papers relating to his great-great grandfather, Rev Charles Hodge. Click here for more information on visiting the reading room.