The Society's mission is to collect, preserve, and promote Cape Breton's traditional Celtic Music. The Archive connects the past to the present and preserves musical connections of communities and families of the island. It's located in Judique which is the oldest existing Scottish settlement and Highland Catholic parish that exists on Cape Breton Island today.
It's located only 20 minutes from the Canso Causeway up Rt.19. Follow the Ceilidh Trail in Inverness County on the western side of the island.
The Tom Rankin Interactive Exhibit Room provides a visual and aural orientation to music tunes and traditions. It's a nostalgic walk down memory lane for those who grew up with the sounds of a fiddle or the bagpipes. It's a great orientation to those new to island traditions.
The Archives holds a Reference Library and Special Collections of audio and video recordings, photographs, family histories of musical families, information folders on local musicians. and a collection of tune books. It's a place to get familiar with the music culture of the island.
If you have a specific topic of study, it's best to call or email the archives before your visit so staff can prepare the material. Welcome Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DqsRGV4xt8
Heritage Areas: Archives and Exhibits
Seasonal: The Archive is open from Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. from July to mid November.
In the off season the archivist is in on Fridays or by prior arrangement. You are welcome to contact Archives@celticmusiccentre.com or 902 787-3320 before your visit.
There is an exhibt area open seasonally. The Tom Rankin Interactive Exhibit Room provides an orientation to the music culture and a chance for reminicing.
The displays in the Tom Rankin Interactive Exhibit Room are open for viewing from June to mid October from 9:30 A.M. and to 4:30 pm.
Special arrangements can be made for the off-season.
Membership in the society is open to anyone who supports the aims and mission of the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre Society. There is no fee for membership.
Phone: (902) 787-3320
Fax: (902) 787 2380
Phone: (902) 787-2708
Fax: (902) 787-2380
5471 Hwy 19, Ceilidh Trail
PO Box 157
Judique, Inverness County
Cape Breton Island,
Nova Scotia, B0E 1P0
There is no charge to visit the Archives. There are fees for research and reference services.
There are fees for the Exhibit Area and for the Personal Music Demonstrations. Please check the website for more information.
Living History Museum
Society, Cultural Heritage
Bus tours welcome
Green building with a red roof; 5000 sq ft; contains Archives and Resource Library and Special Collections; Gift Shop; Ceilidh Kitchen; Exhibit Room, Music Demonstrations, Celtic Events Registry.
Special Group Tours Offered
Scope of Holdings
Cape Breton musical family histories, local cemetery records and parish records.
Extent of Holdings
6 boxes and 10 MB of electronic records.
Founding Family Names
Beaton, Gillis, Graham, Grant, MacDonald,
Mac/McEachern/MacEachran/McEachen, MacInnis, MacIsaac, MacLellan, MacMaster, MacNeil, Campbell
Research by visitor - No charge; by Archives Staff basic inquiries easily answered or direction given in 15- 20 minutes: no charge; Staff research of 30 min or more at a rate of $20/hr.
TEXT: Photocopy: - $.25 b/w page
1.00 colour (up to 81/2 x 11")
PHOTOGRAPH: photocopy up to 81/2 x 11" b/w 3.00, colour 5.00
Scanning: $5.00 per item; e-mailing or disc storage of scan $5.00
For other digitization assistance and services: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Scope of Holdings
Cape Breton traditional musicians, venues, and community festivals and events, music , art, and literature related to music in the community.
Extent of Holdings
Same as above.
The Judiques: South, North, Interval, Little, Ponds, Chapel), Long Point, Centennial, St. Ninian, Dennistown and cultural archival material for Inverness County and surrounding areas.
Stella Maris Parish, Creignish, NS - Roman Catholic and St. Michael's Pioneer Cemetery and St. Andrew's Parish Cemetery , Judique- Roman Catholic
Genealogy forms; staff sheets for transcribing tune books, tune indexes
Additional Fee Information
Booklet: .25 per page to print or photocopy and $6.00 to bind booklet.