Castle House Museum

Castle House Museum To allow people associated with Dunoon to be more closely involved with the Museum in its important role in preserving the Heritage of the area.
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Just for fun :)Our mannequins are doing a good job self isolating. Post a photo in the comments below of your interpreta...
16/04/2020

Just for fun :)

Our mannequins are doing a good job self isolating. Post a photo in the comments below of your interpretation of our Victorian parlour. Use anything around you to create the same scene but with your family, pets, technology, books, etc.

This was to be our opening day for the season. How strange that we made a decision to open earlier than the usual Good F...
30/03/2020

This was to be our opening day for the season. How strange that we made a decision to open earlier than the usual Good Friday and now we find ourselves closed. It increasingly seems likely to be longer than we initially hoped before we are back in business.. However we remain positive and and are looking forward to opening up when we will be happy to see you all. Thanks to all those who have supported us since we opened in 1998 and of course to those who have made that possible by giving of their own time during each winter. Take care everyone.The picture was taken some years ago on an old fashioned camera.

This was taken in 1998 - the year the Museum opened for the first time in its present location. Confident to say that th...
26/03/2020

This was taken in 1998 - the year the Museum opened for the first time in its present location. Confident to say that this is the best looking Staff member ever to have been behind the counter. Being brave only because I am in an at risk category ( age related ) I know its hard to believe! More or less confined to the house. If you have any questions about old Dunoon will be happy to try and answer them. Hope you are keeping yourselves safe. Regards to all.

21/03/2020

In keeping with the advice of the Scottish Government our Museum is now closed until further notice.

This is, of course, for the well being of Visitors, Staff and Volunteers. It is particularly disappointing for us because we had invested a considerable amount of time in preparation for our planned opening date of 30th. March. I should like to place on record my sincere thanks to all those who worked so hard recently with that in mind. This will however place us in a good position to react quickly when the time comes ( hopefully not too distant ) when we again will be able to enjoy providing service to Dunoon and our visitors from further afield.

As you cannot come to see us we will look into how we can bring a wee bit of the Museum to you. So please continue to pop in here from time to time. Thanks and please take care.

Scottish Ghost Nights and ourselves have been monitoring the situation closely and we have decided to postpone the ghost...
18/03/2020

Scottish Ghost Nights and ourselves have been monitoring the situation closely and we have decided to postpone the ghost nights at the end of this month. Everyone who has purchased a ticket will be emailed shortly.

See details in the comments.

Did you know that Dunoon Lido was proposed to be used as a first aid post during WWII? John was busy tidying up our offi...
16/03/2020

Did you know that Dunoon Lido was proposed to be used as a first aid post during WWII?

John was busy tidying up our office today and came across this original plan. It shows where the beds would go, dressing areas and recovery areas.

Huge thank you to Dae It Yersel for doing such a wonderful job of our new shelves. Also a great job by John Stirling who...
11/03/2020

Huge thank you to Dae It Yersel for doing such a wonderful job of our new shelves. Also a great job by John Stirling who came up with the idea to replace the glass shelving and who put them in place. What do you all think?

Castle House Museum is fully prepared.
11/03/2020

Castle House Museum is fully prepared.

We are busy getting ready for opening. Not long to go now :) In the meantime you can learn more about Dunoon's museum he...
09/03/2020

We are busy getting ready for opening. Not long to go now :) In the meantime you can learn more about Dunoon's museum here - https://castlehousemuseum.org.uk/

As stated along with the team's picture in  Dunoon in old Photos here is the match report of the Rangers FC and Celtic F...
26/02/2020

As stated along with the team's picture in Dunoon in old Photos here is the match report of the Rangers FC and Celtic FC match in Dunoon in 1928. Interestingly, fairly recently when both Rangers and Celtic were going to tour America at the same time it was suggested that they play each other. It was stated that this would be the first time they will have done so outside Glasgow. The experts were therefore quite possibly entirely wrong. I have also heard that Dunoon's football pitch is the second biggest in Scotland. can anyone shed any light on either of these comments?

26/02/2020

You can now find us on Instagram. Feel free to check out our account and follow us by clicking on the image below. :)

Yet another day of rain provided the opportunity to trawl through some of the many pictures we hold. This one is of an e...
21/02/2020

Yet another day of rain provided the opportunity to trawl through some of the many pictures we hold. This one is of an entry in the Standard of just after Easter 1916. Hope some of you will find it of interest. Different times indeed.

Caption this photo ๐Ÿ˜ Edit: for those interested, the books are old school registers from 1900s - 1950s
19/02/2020

Caption this photo ๐Ÿ˜ Edit: for those interested, the books are old school registers from 1900s - 1950s

Anyone remember Jackie? We found this copy in alongside some recent donations showing a very young David Essex.
15/02/2020

Anyone remember Jackie? We found this copy in alongside some recent donations showing a very young David Essex.

Installed in 1909, one of only two water organs that still exist in Scotland and we are lucky enough to have one in Cowa...
13/02/2020
BBC Scotland - Grand Tours of Scotland's Lochs, Series 3, The People's Lochs, A water-powered organ

Installed in 1909, one of only two water organs that still exist in Scotland and we are lucky enough to have one in Cowal. Here is a wee clip showing the workings of the pump in Kilmun church.

If you want to hear Frank Barclay play this unique hydraulic wonder then you're in luck, he is playing this weekend. Visit Historic Kilmun to find out dates and times.

Paul discovers an impressive water-powered organ on the shores of Holy Loch.

Today at The High Kirk we said goodbye to Grahamie Disselduff who in her 93 years had a great life. Grahamie was a membe...
04/02/2020

Today at The High Kirk we said goodbye to Grahamie Disselduff who in her 93 years had a great life. Grahamie was a member of Dunoon and Cowal Heritage Society and helper and benefactor to our Museum. The early photograph is from her service as a WREN. She subsequently served in the RAF as a mechanic and serviced Tiger Moths at Arbroath during WW2. In later life she stayed in Africa with her late husband where she was acquainted with Idi Amin and then moved to India. Her eventual return to Dunoon resulted in involvement with many local organisations. She worked with Meals on Wheels for 49 years and found herself helping many a person up to 20 years younger than herself. Age did not matter to Grahamie, she will be missed.

30/01/2020

Our feathery visitor being released outside. ๐Ÿฆ‰

An unexpected visitor got trapped in our attic space today. It looked very comfortable but unfortunately couldnโ€™t stay t...
30/01/2020

An unexpected visitor got trapped in our attic space today. It looked very comfortable but unfortunately couldnโ€™t stay the night so we called on Dunoon's local bird expert Arthur French. The owl was removed safely and hopefully found a better place to chill out. (Photos by John, Sam and Cheryl ๐Ÿฆ‰)

Tea time ๐Ÿ˜ Enjoying some tasty cupcakes brought in by Fiona and also some doughnuts brought in by Sam :) we are being sp...
29/01/2020

Tea time ๐Ÿ˜ Enjoying some tasty cupcakes brought in by Fiona and also some doughnuts brought in by Sam :) we are being spoiled today.

Came upon this during current tidy up. Very topical in its day. Holidays abroad adversely impacted on Dunoon as a holida...
27/01/2020

Came upon this during current tidy up. Very topical in its day. Holidays abroad adversely impacted on Dunoon as a holiday resort.

Knowing your interest in Time Lords Cheryl thought I would post this picture from a  visit by Sylvester McCoy to the Mus...
19/01/2020

Knowing your interest in Time Lords Cheryl thought I would post this picture from a visit by Sylvester McCoy to the Museum. Both Dunoon boys from many years ago.

While cataloguing some of our clothing collection we noticed a few Victorian inspired pieces. They are definitely not Vi...
17/01/2020
Full record for 'DUNOON 1975, UNVEILING HIGHLAND MARY AS IN 1875, 1973 BURMAH CAR RALLY, YACHTS ON THE CLYDE, MODEL BOATS IN WEST BAY' (9422) - Moving Image Archive catalogue

While cataloguing some of our clothing collection we noticed a few Victorian inspired pieces. They are definitely not Victorian and have a 70s look to them almost. This video footage taken in 1975 may be the clue to their existence.

โ˜€๏ธJust look how many people dressed up and took part in the event ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Did you take part that day?

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How many of you remember the shop run by Mrs.Badonis on Argyll Street?  It was called The Gift Shop.The pictures below a...
16/01/2020

How many of you remember the shop run by Mrs.Badonis on Argyll Street? It was called The Gift Shop.The pictures below are not just pretty portraits but flip around to reveal a mirror on the other side. They were part of their shop clearance. Can you name the 50s movie stars?

Thank you for all your great reviews on Tripadvisor ๐Ÿ˜˜. Without your amazing reviews, we could not have achieved our Cert...
10/01/2020

Thank you for all your great reviews on Tripadvisor ๐Ÿ˜˜. Without your amazing reviews, we could not have achieved our Certificate of Excellence for 2019. We are so happy ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿฅ‚

Wow, these photos show just how much is involved in changing the boilers on the Waverley. We can't wait to see her up an...
09/01/2020

Wow, these photos show just how much is involved in changing the boilers on the Waverley. We can't wait to see her up and running again this year. If you're interested in boats of the Clyde we have an extensive display of models and paintings. Stay tuned for more information about our opening times in 2020. #throwbackthursday

Throwback Thursday - Waverley's reboilering - 1981 & 2000

With Waverley's new boilers due to be installed in the coming months we thought to share some pictures showing the scale of the transplant she is about to undergo!

A new single boiler was installed in spring 1981 replacing Waverleyโ€™s original boiler from 1947 and then during the Heritage Rebuild in 2000 two new boilers were installed. The ship also received new funnels in 2000 which are soon to be lifted free to gain access to the boiler room.

The reboilering of Waverley in 2020 has only been possible thanks to the fantastic support of so many who donated to the Boiler Refit Appeal - thank you to everyone who is making it possible for us to return Waverley to service this summer.

Timetable information for 2020 will be released from next month. Sailing Passes and Go Anywhere Vouchers offering substantial savings on 2020 sailings can now be purchased from our online shop.

https://www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/product/psps-members-sailing-discounts-2020/

#throwbackthursday
#pswaverley
#savethewaverley

09/01/2020

Thank you to everyone so far who has left feedback on our Victorian Christmas survey. Some very constructive points made that we can use to make the event better in the future.

If you haven't filled in a survey yet there is still time. You can find it at the top of our posts. :)

We received a beautiful donation over the festive season that ties in wonderfully with the new decade. This pristine 192...
08/01/2020

We received a beautiful donation over the festive season that ties in wonderfully with the new decade. This pristine 1920s wedding dress is tiny and very heavy with all the beading. Although not from Dunoon, the bride and groom were Mr John and Mrs Jean Kirkwood.

Wishing you all a fantastic new year from everyone at Castle House Museum.
01/01/2020

Wishing you all a fantastic new year from everyone at Castle House Museum.

We had some wonderful young budding historians visit the museum today. Thank you for visiting ๐Ÿ™‚ we will hopefully see yo...
16/12/2019

We had some wonderful young budding historians visit the museum today. Thank you for visiting ๐Ÿ™‚ we will hopefully see you all back again next year.

Ww would like to say a big thank you to Castle House Museum, who very kindly allowed some of our 3-5 elc group to come and visit this morning. They opened their doors and allowed us to visit their Victorian Christmas display, a fantastic way to end the children's recent exploring the past topic, combining this with recent Christmas learning fun! The children loved the visit and all of the old style items they seen! They had great discussions on what Christmas was like then and now! The museum staff were fantastic hosts and even treated the kids to a screening of The Snowman! Thank you again! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’œ

Well we made it to the end of the day ๐Ÿ˜ Thank you so much to everyone who supported the museum today. We had a fantastic...
14/12/2019

Well we made it to the end of the day ๐Ÿ˜ Thank you so much to everyone who supported the museum today. We had a fantastic time and hope you did too. We are all absolutely shattered now and off for a well earned rest.

A very big thank you to The Real Santa and his helper, Margaret and the lovely carol singers. You all helped make today magical.

Watch this space for photos tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

A rare opportunity will be taking place this weekend. We are opening our doors for the first time in the history of the ...
13/12/2019

A rare opportunity will be taking place this weekend. We are opening our doors for the first time in the history of the museum during the winter season for two days only. There will be plenty to photograph from Victorian Christmas displays to Carol singers to photos with Santa.

The museum will be open Saturday 11am - 4pm (Christmas event) ยฃ4 on the door and Sunday 1pm - 4pm (no event)

We are looking forward to seeing you all on this rare occasion. :) We captured the very rare John with his camera this week while setting up.

Sneaky peak at all the hard work up at Castle House Museum for tomorrow. Hope to see as many of you there as possible. :...
13/12/2019

Sneaky peak at all the hard work up at Castle House Museum for tomorrow. Hope to see as many of you there as possible. :) ยฃ4 on the door but will not include mulled wine or a mince pie.

Tea time ๐Ÿ˜
10/12/2019

Tea time ๐Ÿ˜

Spooky Castle House just after closing tonight.
09/12/2019

Spooky Castle House just after closing tonight.

05/12/2019
04/12/2019

Adult tickets are currently SOLD OUT for our Christmas event. We do however have a few hidden away which will be available from Bookpoint from Sunday. Thank you so much to everyone who has bought a ticket so far. ๐Ÿ˜ ๐ŸŽ„

Good excuse for altering an old photograph?  From an album held at Castle House Museum.
02/12/2019

Good excuse for altering an old photograph? From an album held at Castle House Museum.

29/11/2019
This is the accompanying text to today's  illustration of Highland Mary in Dunoon in old Photos.
27/11/2019

This is the accompanying text to today's illustration of Highland Mary in Dunoon in old Photos.

Some Tuesday Trivia In the run-up to our Victorian Christmas event here at the Museum ๐Ÿ™ƒTom Smith a London sweet maker, c...
26/11/2019

Some Tuesday Trivia In the run-up to our Victorian Christmas event here at the Museum ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Tom Smith a London sweet maker, came up with the idea for the Christmas cracker in 1847. He was inspired during a trip to Paris where he noticed a tradition of wrapping sugared almonds in coloured twists of paper. Smith adopted this idea back home and came up with the idea of placing the sweet with a romantic message in his early crackers which he marketed in Britain as โ€œKiss Mottoesโ€. However due to the product having limited success Smith needed to think of a way to make them successful again. After hearing the popping of wood from his fireplace he was inspired to create a way to make the cracker โ€œpopโ€ when pulled apart. This became a hit and was adapted and improved during the Victorian period.

The sweets were later replaced with Christmas paper hats and small gifts were added. The Christmas crackers of the later Victorian era were quite similar to the crackers placed on todayโ€™s Christmas dinner tables.

We will have a craft table for children on the 14th of December from 11am - 4pm where the kids can learn to make their own crackers. Get your ticket before they run out at Bookpoint ๐Ÿ˜Š

23/11/2019

lots going on in town today. If you are in town why not pop into Bookpoint and pick up your ticket for our up and coming Victorian Christmas event.๐ŸŽ„ โ›„๏ธ ๐ŸŽ

One of my favourite Museum pictures. Young visitor joining our school exhibit. Great expression on her face.
15/11/2019

One of my favourite Museum pictures. Young visitor joining our school exhibit. Great expression on her face.

If the worst came to the worst with all this rain, itโ€™s good to know George is prepared. ๐Ÿ’ฆ
13/11/2019

If the worst came to the worst with all this rain, itโ€™s good to know George is prepared. ๐Ÿ’ฆ

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It was so interesting today at the museum i enjoyed it
Hi John, I have found a postcard which shows Dunoon Pier and the Castle Gardens opposite it. The postcard says The ferry to Gourock heads across the Firth of Clyde from Dunoon Pier, seen from Douglas Park Gardens. Is that what they were once called please. Jeanette
Hi John, Thank you so much for the info on Peter Hay, hope you come across his photo one day. Did you remember Margaret's married surname from church?
Lovely to visit again on tuesday John makes everyone welcome thank you
Just spent a brilliant couple of hours in the museum on a very cold and blustery day. Many thanks to John Stirling for answering my many questions and finding out extra materials. It has only taken me 20+ years of living here to get around to visiting it and now I wish I had made the time much sooner. Back shortly as far too much to get through in one go.
Messaged you John ๐Ÿ™‚
Visited the Castle House Museum Wednesday August 22, 2017. John was wonderful. Loved being able to donate some pictures I had of Dunoon from the early 1970's. Will make it a point to visit every time I am in town. Thank you John and Museum staff!!
Hi John Can I ask you if it would be convenient for you to find ร n old style red cross nurses Apron etc circa vad I 914 to borrow for a short time.needed for a costume. Regards Margaret Stevenson
Happy Birthday dad! Love you. โค๏ธ
Great day at the Museum. Eli could get a job there one day cause he never stopped talking. He loved it. Staff were so helpful and friendly.
Had an interesting visit. Staff are very helpful. Loved looking at the old school photos. If you live in Dunoon worth a visit. Young children get in free.
I'm Living In Toronto , and one O My Facebook Friends Posted the CASTLE HOUSE MUSEUM Visit that She made . Next time i'm on Holiday , in largs , I'll Come In to Visit you . I Always Visit DUNOON , when I'm in Scotland .