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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 and Search the Digital Archive.

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 **

** For the 2015 winter term, the Beaton Institute will be open on the mornings of March 28 and April 25. In the case of inclement weather, please call 902-563-1329 to confirm that we are open.


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 the Cape Breton University Art Gallery.

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.

Cape Breton University

P.O. Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Rd.

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Canada B1P 6L2

Toll Free: 1-888-959-9995 (Canada/US)

Tel: (902) 539-5300

Fax: (902) 562-0119