The Beaton Institute

Who We Are

The Beaton Institute is the official repository for historically significant records of Cape Breton University. Additionally, the Institute is a cultural heritage archive mandated to preserve the social, economic, political and cultural history of Cape Breton Island. It is a centre for local, regional, national and international research and strives to promote inquiry through innovative public programming and community based initiatives. Click here to read more about the history of the Beaton Institute and its namesake Sister Margaret Beaton.

You may also want to visit the What's New page to learn more about the Beaton Institute's most recent projects.

Visit us on Social Media: Facebook - Twitter - Flickr - YouTube

Hours and Location

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm *
  • Thursday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm **

* We will re-open on Wednesday nights again beginning in September.

** The Beaton Institute is open on the last Saturday of each month from September to April.

The Beaton Institute will open at 1:00 pm on Thursday, August 21st, so that staff can attend the funeral of Kay MacDonald, a retired staff member who passed away on the 14th of this month.  You can learn more about Kay's legacy by viewing our Facebook page.

1. There will be no retrievals during the one half hour before closing.
2. It can be chilly in the Research area during the summer months, so bring a sweater if you plan to visit us for awhile.

Located within Cape Breton University, The Beaton Institute is found in Room CE-267 in the Student, Culture, and Heritage Centre, off of the Great Hall, just around the corner from Art Gallery I.

Parking is available with a $1.00 per day charge. You will need exact change for the automatic ticket machines as they DO NOT give change back. The Beaton Institute is wheelchair accessible.