Visiting us

Appointments to view material

Visitors and researchers must make an appointment with us in advance. Please note that we have only one film viewing room, one video viewing room and two manuscript search room desks. See below for opening hours for viewing.

For film/video viewings please call 0845 366 4600 (from outside UK: 0141 880 2300) or email

For research appointments to consult the manuscript and printed holdings please apply to the Curator: phone 0845 366 4602 (from outside UK: 0141 880 2301) or email

Our premises have access for disabled people.

Opening hours and holidays

Opening hours for contacting and visiting the Scottish Screen Archive in Hillington are:

Christmas and New Year
We close at noon on Wednesday 24 December and re-open on Monday 5 January.

How to find us

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By rail

From Glasgow Central Station: There is a train to Gourock at 05 and 35 minutes past the hour, taking 11 minutes to get to Hillington West station.

Please note:

Return trains run every half hour at 16 and 46 minutes past the hour.

From Glasgow Airport: You can get a bus from the airport to Paisley Gilmour Street rail station and a train from there to Hillington West.

For full rail details, visit the National Rail Enquiries website.

Route from the station: Once off the train from Glasgow, cross the footbridge and go out on to Queen Elizabeth Drive. Turn left and then immediately first right into Buccleuch Street. Turn right again on to Cameron Street which brings you down on to Montrose Avenue. Turn left here (facing Coughtries) and we are about two blocks along on the right hand side behind the big site plan hoarding. Around seven minutes' walk from the station.

By motorway

Westbound on M8, from Edinburgh and Glasgow city centre: Leave the M8 at junction 25a marked Braehead, Hillington and Renfrew. The slip road divides immediately for Braehead – but continue on to junction 26 to Renfrew/Hillington.

Eastbound on M8: Follow the signs for Hillington to junction 26.

After the motorway: Once off the motorway, pass Makro and go to the first roundabout. Take the last exit off to the right at Burger King. There is another roundabout immediately in front – go straight through, past the Amenities area and down to the next roundabout. Turn right into Montrose Avenue. We are along on the right, past Coughtries and behind a big site plan hoarding. The car park is immediately behind the hoarding.

By bus

Catch the number 55 bus from Buchanan Street bus station in central Glasgow to Earl Haig Road, Hillington. Journey takes around 45 minutes. Alight at the foot of Earl Haig Road and turn right on to Montrose Avenue. Around two minutes' walk.

By taxi

From Glasgow city centre: The journey lasts about 20 minutes.

From Glasgow Airport: The journey lasts about 10 minutes.