Rozelle House Galleries
The Royal Burgh of Ayr held the Rozelle lands as part of the Barony lands of Alloway until an auction in 1754 to reduce the Burgh debt brought sale of the lands to Robert Hamilton for £2,000. The Hamilton family made their fortune in the sugar and tobacco industries in the West Indies. The first mansion house was finished by 1760 and was in the classical style of Robert Adam. During the early Nineteenth Century the house was remodelled by David Bryce to remove the previous classical structure. The House and estate flourished throughout the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, but by the 1960s the Hamilton family were struck by high death duties and taxation which led to the sale of much of the surrounding land. In 1968 the house, with none of its historic interior remaining, was gifted to the Royal Burgh of Ayr leading to its establishment as the Council’s Museum and Art Gallery. Between 1975-76 the servant’s quarters and stable block were converted into the Maclaurin Galleries with funds from the bequest of Mrs Mary Ellen Maclaurin. Rozelle House is now a major display venue. There are also a number of art workshops and classes held at Rozelle which are open to people of all abilities. Bookings for workshops must be done through reception at Rozelle House before attending. In addition to this, Rozelle House is home to the Ayrshire Yeomanry museum, Rozelle Craft House and Rozelle Coffee Shop. All 3 of these are open to the public during normal opening hours for Rozelle House and the Maclaurin Galleries.
Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home
Open Bank holidays Except 25-26 & 1 January
Free of charge
Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures
Key artists and exhibits
- Robert Burns' 'Tam O’ Shanter'
- Alexander Goudie
- 29 October 2016 — 22 January 2017 *on now
‘Inspiring Landscapes’ is a landmark exhibition exploring the life and times of WWI Official Artist, Sir Muirhead Bone. Supported by Museums Galleries Scotland, and featuring pieces of Bone’s work, this exhibition reveals a story of international, national and local significance. It is also a story of family, artistic practice, resilience and success – in difficult times.
Using the South Ayrshire landscape as inspiration, local Master Print Maker Ian McNicol ran a series of workshops at the Rozelle Print Studio. Working with participants, he guided them through the print making process exploring the content and techniques Muirhead Bone would have used all those years ago. We are delighted to showcase these prints – representing the future of print making in South Ayrshire.
As part of the exhibition, we are also offering free print making taster sessions at Rozelle House Print Studio, Saturday afternoons from 1pm – 4.30pm on:
12th November 2016
26th November 2016
10th December 2016
21St January 2017
Please contact us to book your free place, on 01292 445 447
- Any age
Rozelle House Galleries
01292 445 447
01292 442 065