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Dalbeattie Museum

Opening Times

The museum opens on March 31st March until the end of October.  Opening hours are:-

Monday to Saturday - 11am until 4pm

Sunday’s in June, July and August - 2pm until 4pm

It will be open over the Easter Weekend including the Sunday.

Admission is FREE (all children must
be accompanied by an adult)

For further information and a list of events visit the museum website.


          

Local Book

In 2008 we published a book called "DALBEATTIE THE AULD SCOTS HAME" PRICE £8.  The book sold very well, in fact better than we expected and copies were sent all over the globe.  It depicts cuttings from the old Dalbeattie Observer writen By Mr Thomson from Dalbeattie. He was the son of Thomson the clogger. In the book are his reminiscenes after he left to work in England in the 1930s. This was put into book form by T. Henderson,  Chairman of the Museum . There are still some copies available and these would make an ideal Stocking filler for relatives and friends.  If you would like a copy, send a cheque  payable to Dalbeattie Museum Trust Ltd to cover the cost of the book plus postage to Dalbeattie Museum Trust, Southwick Road, Dalbeattie, and your copy will be sent to you.

Souvenirs of your Museum Visit

We have also now got a Lapel Stud depicting our Hour Glass logo and Keyrings with the same logo mounted on a gold Background they have proved to be very popular.

We hope to display a very large Tapestry bed spread depicting our Granite quarry connection with Westerly Quarry in America. This was gifted by Mrs R. Charnley from Dalbeattie.

Our small exhibition showing just how important our local harbour was to the town at its inception, has been well attended. This reflects the efforts of Dalbeattie Community Initiative in clearing a path into our harbour, and in the coming year it will be another place to visit on our Sculpture trail. We have something unique here due to the fact we are five miles inland from the sea.

            

WE GREATLY APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT WE RECEIVE BOTH FROM LOCAL PEOPLE AND FROM VISITORS TO THE TOWN .

UPDATE APRIL 2009

After extensive alterations a greatly enlarged and enhanced Dalbeattie Museum reopened all ready to spring into action on Easter Weekend 2009.

Since closing at the end of the season in September 2008 the Museum acquired the adjacent property (formerly Hewats Estate Agents), thanks to the generous bequest of the late Jack Benson, and was finally been able to spread itself a bit more. With a doorway knocked through from the 'old' museum to the 'new' museum, Tommy Henderson and members of Dalbeattie Museum Trust  created an old fashioned 'shop' at the front of the Museum, plus a kitchen circa.the 1920s, and a small Viewing Room to look at movies of old Dalbeattie.

This has meant more space to develop the existing premises as well, which now also contain a period cycle workshop, the Titanic exhibition, and the Rural room.Upstairs there is now some space to spread out the original  exhibits to better effect. 

                 

The Museum is an excellent record of Dalbeattie in Victorian and early 20th Century times, right up to the 50s and 60s.You can spend a truly memorable hour or two reminiscing and wandering down memory lane, and for the younger visitors many of the exhibits are 'hands on' (under adult supervision)

           

The Museum reopened on Easter Saturday, April 11th at 11am. Entry is FREE, although donations are always gratefully received. Don't miss this visit while in Dalbeattie.

Museum hours throughout the summer are 11am till 4pm Monday to Saturday, and 2pm till 4pm on Sundays.
 (Page updated 6th April 2009)

June 2009 - Dalbeattie Museum Awarded The Queens Award For Voluntary Services

 Dalbeattie Museum's voluntary members were awarded this highly prestigious award on the 2nd of June 2009 as a recognition of all their hard work over the last 16 years. Tommy Henderson said on receiving the news of the award "It is really wonderful that the museum and the people of Dalbeattie have been recognized for all the hard work that has gone in over the years" the award will be presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Stewartry on a later date and four members of the museum trust have been invited to the Queens garden party at Holyrood House in Edinburgh.

(Contributed by Dalbeattie Museum Trust)

7th July 2009 - The Official Presentation of The Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2009

On Tuesday the 7th Of July 2009 in the Town Hall, Dalbeattie. Dalbeattie Museum was officially presented with their Queens Award Certificate and Commemorative Crystal Ware for Voluntary Service, from  Lt. Col. Sir Malcolm Ross, GCVO OBE.

The Presentation Ceremony started off by guests being met by the Lieutenant's Piper, Miss Megan Morgan.

The introductions were done by Mr. Derek Crichton, Area Manager for the Stewartry. Followed  by Mrs. Jean Farish who gave a small speech about how the museum had received the award. Next the presentation, where Tommy Henderson, Chairman, received the certificate and Crystal Ware from Lt. Col. Sir Malcolm Ross.  Mr. Tommy Henderson then replied on behalf of the volunteers with a speech thanking everyone for this huge privilege bestowed on them. Shortly after Mr. Tommy Henderson gave a presentation on the history of the making of Dalbeattie Museum.
A Buffet and light refreshments finished off the exciting evening. 

(Contributed by Dalbeattie Museum Trust)

September 2009

 Since winning the Queens Award we have had congratulation cards from all over, including one from our first Minister Mr Alec Salmon, I am glad to report we have had over 5,000 visitors since we opened at Easter, we have never had that amount before.
The coments in our visitors book have congratulated us on the way the visitors have been treated in the musum. we have certainly put Dalbeattie on the Museum Map
Visitors from as far away as New Zealand, Canada, America Holland and Norway all signed our book with great comments,
In the coming winter we hope to have bigger and better displays to encourage even more visitors next year.

(Contributed by Tommy Henderson, Dalbeattie Museum Trust)

UPDATE 2010

New Acquisitions for 2010
The Museum has been gifted Old School Registers dating back to the 19oo's. These books name all the pupils that attended the school and where they lived in Dalbeattie and area.

Another two registers gives us the names of all the pupils that were evacuated to the town in the 1940's and who they stayed with and it also gives the name of the school they left to come to the town. These registers will be of great help for anyone whose parents came to Dalbeattie during the 2nd world war.

A War Bunker has been constructed by two of our members under the stairwell in the Museum. We hope it will convey just what it was like during those dark days of war.

A new show case in the main gallery contains several Christening Gowns dating back to the early 1800's. These items will compliment the large Victorian Perambulator which has been lovingly restored by members of the museum. This large coach built pram was used by the local laird to push his children around his estate.

New for 2010 and is one not only for the kids but the adults alike is a large collection

Local Transport in the form of Die Cast Toy Lorries and Cars from a private collection belonging to our youngest members Fraser and Graeme Henderson.

For more information about Dalbeattie Museum visit their website.

 

 

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