About the Archives and Museum

NCAM logoThe Northumberland County Archives and Museum (NCAM) collects, cares for and provides access to archival materials and artefacts that represent the stories of the people, places and development of Northumberland County.

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Our history

  • 1980: The Cobourg & District Historical Society began the Archives in 1980. The collection grew to be a great representation of early life in Cobourg thanks to dedicated volunteers and the contributions of residents.
  • 1995: the Archives moved to its current location in the C. Gordon King Centre.
  • 2012: Northumberland County began managing the Archives, expanding its services to cover all of Northumberland.
  • 2019: the Archives was renamed the Northumberland County Archives & Museum (NCAM) to reflect its diverse collection of documentary materials and objects, and align with future exhibitions and public programs. 

Our future

Digital rendering of new NCAM space, with reading room and exhibition gallery

In summer 2024, the Northumberland County Archives and Museum (NCAM) facility will be moving to a new location as part of an innovative pairing with the County's long-term care facility, the Golden Plough Lodge.

As we transition to this new space, our 2020-2023 Strategic Plan will continue to guide our activities.

We are excited to continue our journey to preserve our history, inspire curiosity, and foster a sense of community together.

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Our staff and volunteers

Our team has two full-time staff who work with community partners, educators, and member municipalities to preserve local history and bring it to life. We currently have six regular weekly volunteers who assist in transcribing and collections management projects. We are excited to be able to grow our volunteer base when we move into our new facility as well as provide an accessible workspace for our dedicated staff. 

If you are interested in a student placement or volunteer role, please contact us. Due to space restrictions, current opportunities are limited.