Small and friendly local history museum. A regular programme of local history, archeology, photographic and arts and craft exhibitions.
Recent exhibitions have included paintings by William Ewart Lockhart, a centenary display on Cochran Boiler Makers, local architectural plans and the finds from Birrens Roman fort.
Easter (or 1st April) - 30th September
Wed - Sat & Bank Holidays
11.00-16.00 (opening times may vary, please check in advance.)
Archaeology, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Science and Technology, Social History
Whisky, Wine and Wherry Boats
- 13 June — 19 August 2015 *on now
The mudflats and shingle shores of the Annandale coast provided the backdrop for a secretive trade in smuggled goods which was at its height during the 18th century. The Isle of Man was largely independent at this time. Its merchants imported luxury goods such as alcohol, tea and tobacco without paying high duty to the British government. Smugglers sailed small boats from the shores of Annandale to the island where they traded for goods. Returning to the mainland, their illegally landed contraband found a ready market north and south of the border, and often further afield.
Fortunes were made - and lost! From clergyman to tenant farmer, most of the community was involved, and the government’s customs officers and dragoons had little success in controlling an arrangement which avoided a universally unpopular tax.
Based on the research of social historian Frances Wilkins, this exhibition tells the story of the people and places that played a part in the smuggling chain.
- Any age
Commemorating World War One - The Brave Men of Mennock
- 1 July — 30 September 2015 *on now
The Brave Men of Mennock is a roll of honour displaying images of the 43 men from Mennock and the surrounding area who signed up to fight during World War One. The frame was conserved for display as part of a national touring exhibition in Dumfries in spring 2015. The roll of honour is now being added to the permanent Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum display as a memorial to the men.
- Any age
A game for girls?
- 28 August — 31 October 2015
Women’s Association football was first played in Edinburgh in 1881. Although further matches were played in Scotland throughout the 1880s and 90s, it was during World War One that the women’s game was propelled into the public consciousness like never before.
This exhibition looks at the rise, fall and resurrection of Scottish women’s football from the factory teams of World War One to its place on the international sports stage today. Discover the stories of local teams, players and matches and how football helped to change the perception of women’s roles in society.
- Any age
Crafting a Living
- 9 May — 31 October 2015 *on now
• weave colourful threads into the museum’s collective scarf
• have a go at stick weaving
• art and craft gallery trail
• make and decorate a little gift box
• colouring sheets
- Any age