DesBrisay Museum has a wealth of information about the history of Bridgewater and Lunenburg County!
Our Research Centre provides researchers with access to numerous historical and photographic records about our community. The museum’s resources continue to expand due to the generous donations from local families and fellow researchers.
NEW! You can view a complete alphabetical and searchable index of our research library holdings by clicking here.
The fee to use the Research Centre is $5.00 per day, per person. Our Research Centre is available during museum open hours. It is recommended that you call ahead to make an appointment at 902-543-4033
Museum staff also take inquiries by email and phone. There is a $25 per hour plus tax research fee for distance inquiries. Fees for photocopies and scans are extra. These fees are payable in advance before any research will be undertaken.
The Museum's collection focuses on Bridgewater's history. Self-serve guides will help you find what you are looking for.
Some items available include Bridgewater business records, photographs and postcards, local architecture, early maps, historic fire and police department records, biographies, community histories, local churches and schools, and more!
Researchers will find the following materials of interest:
- Biography Files Biography Reference Binder Index
- Birth, Death, Marriage Records
- Built Heritage -- How to Research a Property information & worksheet
- Cemetery headstone records
- Census records
- Microfilms of Bridgewater Bulletin newspapers
- Photographs/postcards - 2000+ images
- Reference Files Reference Files Binder Index
- School yearbooks
- Plus more...
Photocopy fees and reproduction fees may apply.
DesBrisay Museum Archives holds personal papers, documents, photographs, maps, artwork, and electronic files to films, video and sound recordings, microfilms, and books, about Bridgewater and area.
Our archives has original documents, such as wartime letters, diaries, Bridgewater Fire and Police Department records, large photograph and postcard collection, and early maps of the community.
Our library contains published family histories, community histories, books written about Bridgewater and/or by local authors.
The Archive is available during open hours, but we recommend that you contact the Museum Administrator before visiting.
The DesBrisay Museum accepts items by donation to add to our collection. Please contact us at 902-543-4033 if you wish to have an item considered for donation to the Archives, or wish to set up an appointment to view materials.
Copies of many early Bridgewater Bulletin newspapers are available and make a great resource for school students and researchers.
All research requested by mail, telephone, fax or email is available at $25 per hour plus tax, plus the cost of photocopies and shipping costs, and is handled by staff and volunteers at the Museum.
Researchers are asked to give a limit that they wish to spend as pre-payment is required for all research and copies. Fees can be paid by cheque, credit card or money order made payable to DesBrisay Museum. U.S. exchange rates are the responsibility of the researcher.
To download a fillable PDF of our Research Request Form, please click here. You'll be able to use the Adobe software on your computer to fill out the form online and e-mail it to us.
We require that you acknowledge the DesBrisay Museum as your source of any information received from us and that such information cannot be entered into an Internet site, or published in any form without written permission from the DesBrisay Museum.