Stewartry Museum

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Stewartry Museum
Stewartry Museum - geograph.org.uk - 840957.jpg
Established1879
LocationSt Mary Street
Kirkcudbright
Scotland
DG6 4AQ[1]
CoordinatesCoordinates: 54°50′07″N 04°03′06″W / 54.83528°N 4.05167°W / 54.83528; -4.05167
TypeLocal museum
WebsiteStewartry Museum website at Dumfries and Galloway Council website

The Stewartry Museum is a local museum in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, which covers the history of this part of Galloway.

History[edit]

The museum was originally founded in 1879 and housed on the top floor of Kirkcudbright town hall.[2] The museum moved to its current building designed by architect Robert Wallace, in 1893 due to the increasing size of the museum collection.[3] The museum was maintained by the Stewartry Museum Association until 1990 when control of both the museum and the building passed to Stewartry District Council. After the Scottish councils were reorganised in 1996, management of the museum was passed to Dumfries and Galloway Council.[2]

Collection[edit]

The museum houses one of the oldest surviving sports trophies in the United Kingdom called the Siller Cup.[3]

In 2015 the museum put a lens from Little Ross lighthouse on display for the first time. It was made in Paris by the French company, Barbier, Benard, et Turenne in 1896 and was used by the lighthouse until 1960. It was donated to the museum by the Northern Lighthouse Board in 2004.[4]

The museum also has casts made from rock art carvings at High Banks Farm which has several groups of cup and ring marks. The collection also has slabs with cup and ring marks from Blackmyre and Laggan.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Discovery Service". The National Archives. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b "The Stewartry Museum - Kirkcudbright Community Website". www.kirkcudbright.com. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b "The Stewartry Museum". www.scottishmuseums.org.uk. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Lighthouse lens lights up museum". BBC News. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  5. ^ "High Banks". canmore.org.uk. Retrieved 2 October 2017.