John Buchan Story

John Buchan
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John Buchan is a national figure within both a Scottish and UK context. Through his prolific writing and by his many and varied contributions to public life, he was a highly influential figure, particularly during the inter-war period. His final role as Governor General of Canada, and the popularity of film adaptations of his novel The Thirty Nine Steps, have also helped to give him an international reputation which continues to this day. As a novelist, historian, journalist, politician, soldier and public servant, his influence can be seen in numerous areas of the first half of the twentieth century.

‘The John Buchan Story’ explores Buchan’s life and writing, showing the variety and scale of his personal experience and literary output, beyond simply The Thirty Nine Steps. The Museum illustrates Buchan’s sense of adventure, including time spent in South Africa. Exploration and travel were a source of rejuvenation for Buchan, who often found expression through his writing.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

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Admission charges

Admission: Adults £2, Children: free

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Weapons and War, Personalities, Social History

John Buchan Story
The Chambers Institution
High Street
EH45 8AG


Museum website

The John Buchan Society

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