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.

Operating as usual

Our very knowledgeable volunteer Caroline is running this great class through Argyll College for anyone interested in ho...
26/02/2021
History – Making the Most of Digital Resources

Our very knowledgeable volunteer Caroline is running this great class through Argyll College for anyone interested in how to go about researching local history. Click on the link to sign up.

This series of 4 online workshops will show you how to get the most from the myriad online resources such as historical maps, census records

Guess the boat 😃🚢⚓️
01/02/2021

Guess the boat 😃🚢⚓️

01/01/2021

A strange year has come to an end. I am reminded that around this time last year a dedicated group of volunteers was working really hard to ensure the Museum was in a position to open once more to the Public. Indeed we came within a very few days of achieving that when all of a sudden our lives were changed more than we could ever have imagined.
Sad to say we now find ourselves with little prospect of routinely opening this Easter. A ceiling repair of our main Exhibition area to ensure the safety of our visitors is causing some concern as is some water ingress in other areas. We are hopeful that the opportunity will be taken to remedy these faults during our time of closure.

Having been involved with the Museum since it opened in 1998 I am aware of the magnificent input over the years of those who created the Museum and staffed it during that period. Sadly many are no longer with us and we owe it to them that we approach the coming year with the same industry and dedication . Thanks are of course due to all those who have supported us by visiting and especially those who turn up on a regular basis throughout the Winter to assist where necessary.

I realise that we are not alone in finding it difficult to ensure that we will be in a position to provide service to locals and visitors alike. Tourism is the Town’s lifeblood and it is important that we do our very best to support all who are involved in doing this.

Look after yourselves and please pay that visit to any of the local attractions that you have always thought about doing. They need your support.
Let us have a good 2021. Thanks. - John Stirling

Did you see this week's fabulous photos uploaded to Dunoon in old Photos by John Openshaw?The photos show pictures from ...
16/12/2020

Did you see this week's fabulous photos uploaded to Dunoon in old Photos by John Openshaw?

The photos show pictures from Dunoon's Civic Week which was held in 1928. Reference was made to the winning entry of the Fancy Dress Parade. This has been taken from our album of pictures from the entire event.

Photo taken by John Stirling.
10/12/2020

Photo taken by John Stirling.

Benmore Botanic Garden
23/11/2020

Benmore Botanic Garden

Monochrome Monday

‘No more than an octagonal shelter, but a perfect piece of garden architecture, both precise and playful. A cedar-shingled, bell-shaped roof commands the axis yet charms the eye in every chance view glimpsed through the trees.’
-Frank Walker-

Cherished Plan – The Story of Puck’s Hut at Benmore by David Gray, available from Bookpoint Dunoon or online -

https://rbgeshop.org/products/cherished-plan-the-story-of-pucks-hut-at-benmore

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Argyll and the Isles Apps
Dunoon Presents
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Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
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Castle House Museum
Dunoon Burgh Hall

#lightupred2020 Castle House along with other landmarks in the town will be lit up red until the 12th in commemoration o...
08/11/2020

#lightupred2020 Castle House along with other landmarks in the town will be lit up red until the 12th in commemoration of the men and woman who gave their lives for our country.

We tried to make this weeks boat harder to identify 😉 Can you identify her? 🚢
12/10/2020

We tried to make this weeks boat harder to identify 😉 Can you identify her? 🚢

We have an amazing display of model boats in the museum, so we thought we would do a little puzzle for you boat enthusia...
30/09/2020

We have an amazing display of model boats in the museum, so we thought we would do a little puzzle for you boat enthusiasts out there. Can you name this one?

Answer revealed tomorrow.

Take a virtual 3D tour of the Castle House Museum Parlor or check out our shop shelves that are filled with nostalgic pr...
26/09/2020
Castle House Museum Dunoon

Take a virtual 3D tour of the Castle House Museum Parlor or check out our shop shelves that are filled with nostalgic products.

The Castle House Museum is set in stunning and well-maintained gardens atop a hillside opposite the Gourock-Dunoon ferry terminal. The Museum tells the story of Dunoon from the Stone Age all the way through to the American Naval Base in the early 90s. It has an extensive collection of exhibits showi...

If you are local to Dunoon then you may pass by this little known architectural feature most days. Remember to keep a sa...
26/09/2020

If you are local to Dunoon then you may pass by this little known architectural feature most days.

Remember to keep a safe distance if visiting the site and wash your hands if touching the handles :)

We are happy to be able to open our doors to you all this year as part of the virtual Doors Open Days. We have also deci...
26/09/2020
Find a building

We are happy to be able to open our doors to you all this year as part of the virtual Doors Open Days.

We have also decided to release more information about our museum throughout today and tomorrow on our page.

Keep an eye out for some great history. In the meantime, why not take a virtual tour of our Victorian Parlor on the Doors Open Days website.

This year's Argyll and Bute Doors Open Day will virtually showcase buildings from across the region. From historically significant buildings and the last Victorian wooden Pier in the UK, Argyll and Bute offers a huge choice of buildings large and small.

Dunoon Herald Friday September 11th 1891. An interesting read on the views of woman and the Weebay of the day.
11/09/2020

Dunoon Herald Friday September 11th 1891. An interesting read on the views of woman and the Weebay of the day.

Doors Open Days 2020 is going digital this year and we want to hear from you! :)What would you like Castle House Museum ...
16/08/2020

Doors Open Days 2020 is going digital this year and we want to hear from you! :)

What would you like Castle House Museum to share with you all this year online? Current exhibits? Hidden rooms? The history of the building? Or old postcards of the Dunoon that was?

Post your ideas in the comments below.

21/07/2020

Having a clear out? Found something interesting but not sure what to do with it? We are still accepting donations by appointment only.

If you would like to kindly donate any items please message us through our page and we will try to reply to you as soon as possible. https://www.instagram.com/p/CC5wRvBDIqr/?igshid=ul4pm5uyvphx

19/05/2020

Have you posted your Lockdown time capsule letter yet? Click on the image to find out more.

Many unusual objects are donated by Dunoon locals. This chocolate gold coin has been in storage and was taken out for a ...
12/05/2020

Many unusual objects are donated by Dunoon locals. This chocolate gold coin has been in storage and was taken out for a clean back in March. It is 83 years old and commemorates the coronation of George VI and his wife Elizabeth as king and queen of the United Kingdom on this day in 1937.

The coin has a diameter of approximately 2”.

One of the best things about Dunoon’s museum is the collection of memories from wartime to school photographs to houses ...
04/05/2020

One of the best things about Dunoon’s museum is the collection of memories from wartime to school photographs to houses and more. It’s wonderful the amount of people who come in asking if we have any information on past relatives.

Help build upon the story of Dunoon by taking part in this great project. Who knows, your future grandchildren may even take part in the opening of the capsule in 20 years time.

We hope you've all been busy jotting down your memories for the time capsule! ✉️

You may have seen our post boxes in Morrisons at the self service check outs, and in the Co-Op Dunoon Community Store in the foyer.

You will also be able to hand your lockdown letters into Coast Coffee from 10am-1pm on Tuesday and Friday whilst you're getting your caffine fix! ☕️

Remeber folks - we want as many of you as possible to get involved, young and old alike. Plus, it's not often you'll get the chance to say that your memories are stored in the Castle House Museum!!

See our previous post on the Dunoon Lockdown Letters time capsule for more details if you want to get involved!

#dunoonlockdownletters

Dunoon Presents
29/04/2020

Dunoon Presents

✉️ DUNOON LOCKDOWN LETTERS - TIME CAPSULE✉️

We are all hoping that the uncertain times we are living in right now are a once in a lifetime occurence. Even though we are all living through a tough and stressful time, it will definitely be one for the history books.

We want the people of Dunoon to document their experiences so they will be able to look back years down the line on their memories of this time.

'Dunoon Lockdown Letters' gives the whole community a chance to contribute a letter to a time capsule that will be opened in 20 years time. Our time capsule of letters will be held by our friends the Castle House Museum - who have offered some space in the museum to store the time capsule!

So heres how to be a part of it!💌

1) Write a letter of your lockdown experience, what life has been like and what you've been doing from day to day (please stick to one A4 sheet of paper! You may also add a picture if you like!)

2) Add your name and address, or the name and address of the person you would like to recieve your letter in the future, to the front of the envelope. (Please use a standard DL envelope - we want to make sure we have room for everyone!)

3) Drop your letter at one of our collection boxes!

Collection boxes will be located in the foyer of Morrisons from tomorrow afternoon (Thursday 30th April) and anothor in the foyer of the Dunoon Community Store (co-op) from Friday 1st May

Cant wait for you all to get involved!

#DunoonLockdownLetters Argyll and Bute Council Dunoon Observer Dunoon Argyll Scotland CalMac Ferries Western Ferries

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 😁 Edit: for those interested, the books are old school registers from 1900s - 1950s
19/02/2020

Caption this photo 😁 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.

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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 🙂
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 àn 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. ❤️
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 .