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Based on the advice from the Town of Cobourg and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, face to face meetings at Victoria Hall have been cancelled until further notice. In order to stay connected and to keep you safe during the pandemic, monthly meetings are taking place by Virtual Zoom webinars. You can join by desktop or a laptop computer, tablet or smart phone!


Cobourg and District Historical Society Meetings are held every month except May, June, July, August and December.  Meetings are held in the Citizen's Forum in Victoria Hall on the fourth Tuesday in the Month.  Meetings start at 7:30pm but coffee and cookies are available starting at 7:00pm.  Meetings are $5 for non-members and free for members of the society and students. 

More on our About page.

Covid-19 - currently closed to the public Details here.

Northumberland County looks after the historical archives for Cobourg.  They are currently located at the Cobourg Public Library at 200 Ontario Street (corner of Albert Street and Ontario Street).

They have a good collection of material and have two staff:

  • Abigail Miller – Records and Archival Services Coordinator
  • Katie Kennedy – Records and Archival Services Assistant

They can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 905-372-0677

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They offer:

  • Research support
  • Access to artefacts and documents representing lives from all over Northumberland County - historical and contemporary - including municipal records, family and genealogical records, property records, photos, maps, and other items
  • Programming-in-class 'Intro to Primary Sources' for young primaries, as well as a comprehensive lesson package for Grade 3 entitled 'Life in the 1800's in Northumberland County'
  • Engaging tours to small groups, which can be customized by interest.

You can research Cobourg History but genealogical research is best done at the Cobourg Library (same building – more on the Library here).

The archives will work with educators and offers personalized educational programs targeted towards the specific needs of students.

A new building is planned (currently under construction) when the services will be expanded to include:

  • Enhanced community programming for all age levels, including specialized programming for the residents of the Golden Plough Lodge
  • A permanent display about the history of Northumberland County
  • Changing exhibits about content important to Northumberland residents, developed in collaboration with community groups
  • An expanded reading room for public research
  • A forum for community groups to showcase the stories they wish to tell.

Details on the planned upgrade are provided here.


Regular hours (September to May): Tuesday and Wednesday 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Summer hours (June to August): Monday to Thursday 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closures: The Archives and Museum is closed on all statutory holidays.