Dollar Museum

Dollar Museum Dollar Museum is an independent local museum dedicated to the history and heritage of the village of Dollar, in the county of Clackmannanshire, Scotland.
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OPEN FROM EASTER TILL CHRISTMAS, Set up in 1988, it occupies two floors of an early 19th century woollen mill (now called the Castle Campbell Hall), and has a wide-ranging Collection illustrating all aspects of the history of Dollar. The Museum began life in a small room in the Old School House, but soon outgrew this space. When Clackmannanshire Council offered the Trust premises in the Old Brunt Mill for £1 the Trustees were quick to accept. The new Museum was Runner-up in the 1994 Scottish Museum of the Year Awards, receiving a cheque for £400 from Princess Alexandra. However, lack of space again became a problem and, with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Museum bought a flat on the 2nd floor and built a state-of-the-art store and an archive/reading room. The excellence of this new development was recognised by a Museum of the Year Award for Community Involvement in 2000, presented by Princess Anne, and followed up by a visit to the Museum by the Princess in 2001. In 2009, a major new display on the Devon Valley Railway was funded by Awards for All. In 2010 Dollar Museum was awarded Full Accreditation, meeting the national standards set by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

Operating as usual

The first ever digital Dollar NewsThe Community Council has produced a mini Dollar News to help keep the community infor...
25/05/2020
Dollar Community

The first ever digital Dollar News

The Community Council has produced a mini Dollar News to help keep the community informed during the Covid-19 lockdown. To minimise costs, it is only available in digital format. It has been formatted to be easily read on the screen or printed as an A5 booklet.

We ask that you print off copies for your friends and neighbours who do not have access to the internet.

Here's the link:
www.dollarcommunity.org.uk

Dollar is a town in Scotland's smallest county, Clackmannanshire. It is one of the Hillfoots Villages, nestling below the Ochil Hills to the north and the River Devon to the south. Dollar is on the A91 road, which runs from Stirling to St Andrews, around 3 miles east of Tillicoultry. In 2010 the pop...

09/03/2020

Dollar News: May 2013 edition: has anybody have a copy of this edition of the Dollar News that they would be prepared to donate to the museum archive? It's the only one we are missing! Please message me or email the museum on [email protected]. Many thanks, Anne Sutherland

A great night in the museum at our "post Christmas" party for all our volunteers and helpers. We chased away our January...
30/01/2020

A great night in the museum at our "post Christmas" party for all our volunteers and helpers. We chased away our January blues and had our last night appreciation of last year's housing exhibition.

Despite the weather, a good day's fundraising, selling our Dollar calendars, Christmas cards, tea towels and lots of oth...
08/12/2019

Despite the weather, a good day's fundraising, selling our Dollar calendars, Christmas cards, tea towels and lots of other museum items on our stall at the Winter Festival. Even Santa came to see what was on offer! We open next weekend for the last time before Christmas. Come and visit and take the last chance to see this year's exhibition on the history of housing in Dollar and solve a few of your stocking filler purchases!

Great turnout at the SSPCA lecture for the museum last Thursday. We made £400 for museum funds and collected 137 old tow...
03/12/2019

Great turnout at the SSPCA lecture for the museum last Thursday. We made £400 for museum funds and collected 137 old towels for the SSPCA as they requested. Photo below feature Jacob McNicol, the youngest and most eager audience participant!

Next Thursday 28th November, we are holding a lecture by the SSPCA " From Rescue to Release". This is part of the team f...
22/11/2019

Next Thursday 28th November, we are holding a lecture by the SSPCA " From Rescue to Release". This is part of the team featured on the BBC's " Born to be Wild" series and should be really interesting. We start at 7:30 pm and tickets are £5 each and can be bought in advance from Cecilia Condal and Dollar Deli and will also be available to purchase on the night , on the door. The SSPCA have asked for donations of old towels and we will collect any contributions you bring at the door on the evening. It would be great to see you

11/11/2019
11/11/2019

Our Quiz Night for the Museum returns this Friday 15th November in the Dollar Academy Dining Hall at 7:30pm. It's always a great evening with some keen competition! Teams of two to six players are welcome and tickets are £10 per person. The ticket price includes a substantial supper and there is a bar available selling beer, wine and soft drinks at very reasonable prices. Message me on Facebook if you would like to reserve tickets. It would be great to see you there. Anne Sutherland

07/11/2019

Today! Second hand book sale at the museum. 10:30 till 6pm and tomorrow 10:30 till 4pm. Come and browse and stock up on your winter reading.

We will be holding out annual Strawberry Tea on Thursday 25th July at the Burnside Hall.We will have a number of stalls ...
21/07/2019
Strawberry Tea 2019 - Dollar Museum

We will be holding out annual Strawberry Tea on Thursday 25th July at the Burnside Hall.

We will have a number of stalls selling baking, books and items from the museum Shop.

Ticket are £3.50.

Strawberry Tea 2019 Come join us for our annual strawberry tea at the Burnside Hall on Thursday 25th July from 2.30pm until 4.30pm. We will also have a number of...

Our 2020 calendar is on sale now.  These make a perfect gift for someone or a great addition to your desk.Pop in for a v...
20/07/2019

Our 2020 calendar is on sale now. These make a perfect gift for someone or a great addition to your desk.

Pop in for a visit and see our latest exhibition on a century of housing developments and have a browse of our shop, where you will find some items exclusive to the museum

See you soon

A great day out for the Friends of the Museum today at the V&A in Dundee
13/06/2019

A great day out for the Friends of the Museum today at the V&A in Dundee

After a lot of hard work, I’m pleased to announce that we have launched a new and improved websiteClick on the link and ...
30/04/2019
Home - Dollar Museum

After a lot of hard work, I’m pleased to announce that we have launched a new and improved website

Click on the link and have a look around

Local finds from Bronze Age butials on loan from the National Museums of Scotland give an insight into early inhabitants of the Hillfoots.

Dollar Museum ' Moving House in Dollar' display and children's competition
20/04/2019

Dollar Museum ' Moving House in Dollar' display and children's competition

20/04/2019

READY TO GO!
We open at 11am this morning for our 2019 season. We have a great map wall showing 33 housing developments in Dollar since 1918 displayed around our 1.5m sq street map of Dollar.
yesterday, our D of E volunteer test ran our new children's quiz based on our display "Moving House in Dollar" and won the first Dollar Burgh Seal badge. Open to children of all ages and you can take home one of our new badges!
We have additional displays on the planning objections over the years and the history of council housing in Dollar. We look in detail at the archaeological survey for the Gowan Lea development and we have lots of photographs of Dollar " past and present" on display and in our development folders.
Come and visit, we will be delighted to see you!

Dollar Museum re-opens for the 2019 season this Easter weekend. Come and see our new exhibition, tracing the housing dev...
17/04/2019

Dollar Museum re-opens for the 2019 season this Easter weekend. Come and see our new exhibition, tracing the housing developments in Dollar over the last century. We are open every weekend from Easter till Christmas.

13/03/2019

New housing in Dollar: build dates?
Dollar Museum: can you help out with the dates when these new house in Dollar were built/first occupied?
Lower Mains Council Houses 195?
Strathdevon place? 1970s/80s?
Brewlands Court?
Curlers Court?
Gibson Close?
Moss Court?
Drum Court/Hillview place?
Not an exact science unfortunately as there can be a long stretch between planning, building and occupancy, but if you have dates when residents moved in, that would really help us pinpoint which council records to target for more specific information!
Thanks to anybody who can help, Anne Sutherland

13/03/2019

2019 Exhibition: History of new housing developments in Dollar over the last century:I just want to clarify that the Museum is looking at all the major housing developments from 1919 through to 2018, so we are happy to receive any photos and documents (sales brochures, adverts, rent books..) of all the post 1945 developments as well as the inter -war stuff detailed in the Advertiser article. We are more than happy to have photos with people in them! Families in the front/back gardens, children playing in the street...anything that shows the first years in the new streets...Has anybody got any photos pf the pre-fabs in Kirkstyle? Kirkstyle itself late 40s/ early 50s? the second Murray Place development, Craiginnan Gardens, Malcolm Court and Walton Crescent extension, Cowan Terrace, Lawhill Road and High St Bett homes in the 60s? Then all the "up the hill " locations: Moir’s Well, White Wisp Gardens, Princes Crescent, Tarmangie Drive, Innerdownie Place, Merlin Park. I might as well mention them all...! Strathdevon Place, Brewlands Court, Curlers Court, Gibson Close, Moss Court, The Ness, Drum Court/Hillview Place, Bryanston Avenue and finally Gowan Lea. Please contact me on Facebook if you think you can help. Watch out for next post, I also would like to confirm build dates!! Thanks everybody, Anne Sutherland

08/11/2018
Historic Scotland

Historic Scotland

🍂 💛 ❤️ 🍂 Drink in this view with your eyes! The stately Castle Campbell nestled in the beautiful russet colours of Dollar Glen this autumn. 🍂 💛 ❤️ 🍂

With all the news of the current development plans I thought this article was appropriate.Source: The Dollar Magazine 19...
03/11/2018

With all the news of the current development plans I thought this article was appropriate.

Source: The Dollar Magazine 1960

Two US "Dollar" families searching their heritage..... On Sunday 2nd September, completely by coincidence, two US famili...
09/09/2018

Two US "Dollar" families searching their heritage..... On Sunday 2nd September, completely by coincidence, two US families with the surname Dollar came to the museum to see if there was any connection to the town or the story of the Dollar foundling ( see link below and Alloa Advertiser article below) One of the couples celebrated Mr Dollar's 40th birthday in the museum with banners and cupcakes. Janet Carolan, our curator, took them around the town, showing them Gateside where the foundling was found and the old schoolhouse.
http://home.btconnect.com/dollarmuseum/dollar-foundling.html

Japanese Garden Cowden
02/06/2018

Japanese Garden Cowden

Grass cut, tent up, baking in hand (thanks to our fantastic volunteers), so all ready to welcome you to the garden tomorrow (Sunday 3rd June) from noon till 6pm. Bring cash for payment, no card facilities on site. Follow SGS signs for entry into the garden.

H & K Crawford Electrical Ltd
02/04/2018

H & K Crawford Electrical Ltd

Installation of the Dollar Provost Lamp today. Have a look when you are passing the Burnside Hall.

21/03/2018

The museum will reopen for the 2018 season at the Easter weekend.

Our main exhibition for 2018 is "The Dollar Community and the Great War", marks 100 years since the end of the 1st world war.
We will look at the stories of local men and women who served in the forces and will examine how life was for those who stayed at home in Dollar. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the Black Watch Museums have kindly lent us a variety of WW1 items, which will be on display. There will also be a handling box aimed at our younger visitors to the museum.

Our Second exhibition, The Bicentenary of Dollar Academy, celebrates the 200th anniversary of the founding of Dollar Academy in 1818. It tells the story of the early years, starting with the part played by local boy, John McNabb, who made a fortune at sea and left half to Dollar Kirk Session for "a charity or school"

Our Third Exhibition display celebrates 30 years of Dollar Museum. The museum which first opened in Easter 1988 in the old school house then moved up to the Castle Campbell hall. The museum is a real community project run by volunteers & friends from the start and this exhibition is about achievements and collections we have built up during this time.

The museum will be open from the 31st March on Saturdays between 1100-1300 & 1400-1630 and Sundays 1400-1630. For visits outside this time please contact [email protected] or call 01259 742895

The museum ran a really successful event last Friday, Nichol Wheatley Live!, where the artist demonstrated and painted o...
13/03/2018

The museum ran a really successful event last Friday, Nichol Wheatley Live!, where the artist demonstrated and painted onto the final canvas the Loch Lomond scene which he had originally photographed and colour sketched.
He talked us through the creative process while producing the painting.
Over 100 people attended and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The main raffle prize, a one-off Nichol Wheatley print, was won by Claudie Smith and the event raised over £1000 for museum funds.
Many thanks to Nichol for giving us this wonderful opportunity, to the Museum committee members for their help to run the evening and to everybody who came and supported us.

08/02/2018
Setting out our stall at the winter festival!
03/12/2017

Setting out our stall at the winter festival!

Fantastic donation from the Co-op to the Museum Funds! Thanks to the Co-op and all Co-op customers who contributed to th...
26/11/2017

Fantastic donation from the Co-op to the Museum Funds! Thanks to the Co-op and all Co-op customers who contributed to this award

24/11/2017

Co-op event, tomorrow, Saturday 25th November at 10:30 am. Hi to all!

This is just a reminder asking you to come to the Dollar Co-op event tomorrow morning to thank the Co-op for the huge amounts of money they have raised for the museum and the community. There will be some photos at 10.30 of all the groups the Co-op has helped. The Co-op are very keen that lots of people should be there. And we should show our gratitude! Many thanks and hope to see you tomorrow,

Cecilia

Playing with the ( non electronic!) toys in the museum last weekend!
22/11/2017

Playing with the ( non electronic!) toys in the museum last weekend!

17/11/2017

If you wish to contact the curator, Janet Carolan, directly, please email
[email protected]

The Quiz Night: captain of Pintless winning team receiving their first prize...
12/11/2017

The Quiz Night: captain of Pintless winning team receiving their first prize...

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Castle Campbell Hall, 1 High Street
Dollar
FK14 7AY

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Hi - I wrote a report on the Dollar Berrybug for my University Thesis in 1984. Having a clear out and found a copy - would you wish to receive this fo your museum? Paul Hern 4 Manse Road Sep 1978 to Jul 1987
Catherine Mills of Stirling Uni is doing research on the Landscape Legacies of Coal and is looking for any stories or memories to include - if you would like to be involved, full details including link to her questionnaire are on Dollar CDT website here