The L. R. Wilson Heritage Research Archives is now closed to the public during COVID-19 and all rentals are cancelled until further notice. Rental deposits will be returned.  Archives staff are continuing to do their best to maintain services while keeping the health and safety of our staff and residents a top priority and will be available to respond to emails and research requests at

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L.R. Wilson Heritage Research Archives

* June 30, 2020: Currently the L. R. Wilson Confrence Hall remains closed to renters and is not taking new reservations. Please check back regularly for updates.

This research facility, located at 286 King Street, Port Colborne, was completed in 2006, and designed externally to recapture the spirit of Port Colborne's first Town Hall which was built in 1873 and torn down a half century later.

 Internally, its purposes are to provide:

- A climate-controlled repository for the documentary history of the City of  Port Colborne and area.

- A Research Room suitable for the study of those resources.

- A Conference Room large enough to accommodate groups with diverse  purposes.

Mandate: The L. R. Wilson Heritage Research Archives will continue to collect and preserve the documentary history of our community

For more information on research and related fees, please click here.

Rental Information

The L.R. Wilson Heritage Research Archives also contains a Conference Hall that can accommodate a variety of groups.  The Hall rental includes the use of 8 folding tables, 52 stacking chairs and access to the kitchen area which includes a fridge, an electric kettle and a coffee pot.

Rental Fees

Note:  A $20 deposit is required when booking the Conference Hall.

*prices do not include HST*

4  Hour rental


8  Hour rental


Overhead projector & screen


Digital projector & screen



 To book the Conference Hall, please call the Museum at 905-834-7604


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Hours of Operation

For research inquiries please call

(905) 834-7604 to make an appointment.