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.

We are proud to announce the launch of our new website!  It has been months in the making and we are really pleased with...
10/04/2019

We are proud to announce the launch of our new website! It has been months in the making and we are really pleased with it. We hope you like it too.

We will be opening for the new season on Friday 19th April and look forward to showing you our new exhibits. Our opening hours will be 10 am - 4 pm Monday - Saturday.

We turn 21 this year and to celebrate, Dunoon Observer will shortly be publishing an article on our coming of age. Look out for it!

https://castlehousemuseum.org.uk/

Hello again folks. As mentioned in Dunoon in old Photos herewith two items. The baby item is one of five identical ones ...
27/03/2019

Hello again folks. As mentioned in Dunoon in old Photos herewith two items. The baby item is one of five identical ones with the exception of the embroidery - the work of a loving hand on what feels like an old woollen baby blanket. The other speaks for itself and was a well known Argyll St. shop. Getting there with work in anticipation of opening but a fair bit to go. Significant input today from Bud and Hector shifting items to the Recycling Centre. Great work, so quietly done that I did not realise they had left before tea break. Two batches of linen have been uplifted with another to follow on Friday. Really nice to have support. Cheryl, despite a very serious injury was again deeply involve in sorting out items of clothing.Very well done indeed. Had some unexpected visitors and was delighted with a nice donation from some people from Canada. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

Well Sunday afternoon saw our storage area as complete as it is going to be for the time being. It was a monumental task...
25/03/2019

Well Sunday afternoon saw our storage area as complete as it is going to be for the time being. It was a monumental task and I admit at times I was near "greetin" The soul destroying task was made more difficult by the amount of plaster on the floor from a ceiling collapse or two . The remaining loose stuff was also removed. Thank goodness for an industrial hoover. Hopefully it will never happen again. There is also a significant water leak which will be sorted soon but which I have contained in various artefacts most notably a 1940's baby bath. This is made form a material similar to papier mache and is called Pulp Ware. Will keep an eye on it just in case it disintegrates. Will have to empty them all from time to time but there is a very handy skylight which saves a walk down the steep stairs. Only two responses to our request to launder some of our embroidered tablecloths, napkins etc. Will now have work towards creating a new exhibition to ring the changes. I will be there at least every weekday at least until our Easter opening so why not drop in to see what we are up to. Two of the pictures show the amazing amount of space now available. The messy one indicates what the whole area was like before. Thanks for your interest.

Hello everyone.  I know you have all just been waiting for a wee post on this site. It is near time for the Museum to op...
21/03/2019

Hello everyone. I know you have all just been waiting for a wee post on this site. It is near time for the Museum to open again and as always there is much to do. I decided it was high time that our storage area was given a bit of attention. I knew it would be a big task but it has turned out to be a major activity which has occupied me for some time now. An eight hour shift today, which I thought would finish the task, was an underestimate of the work required and I will be back tomorrow. I just want to get it completed so that I can concentrate on ringing the changes with one or two new exhibits. Time will tell! Appreciate the help from a few regulars. Bad news for the two ladies ( and brother of one ) who thought they were near completing their monumental task of sorting out our collection of period clothing as I have found a fair bit more. I am confident however you will again rise to the challenge. Special thanks to our very helpful assistant who, when required, delivers our rubbish by trailer to the skips. It is much appreciated. The next bit is a wee plea for assistance and is somewhat unusual. As we are all in on Wednesday mornings, is there anyone out there who could pay a visit to pick up some of the many embroidered items we have come upon and take them home to carefully launder them before they are suitably stored. Seems a pity not to take this opportunity to take care of what must have taken many hours to do. Some are quite stunning.

In this way you will be able to support your local Museum which has been providing good service for Dunoon for over 20 years. Work is ongoing to create a new Website but more about this in due course. Bye for now and hope you like the pictures!

Morning folks. Been a while since I have posted on here but things have been moving on.  New leaflets and posters have b...
26/01/2019

Morning folks. Been a while since I have posted on here but things have been moving on. New leaflets and posters have been produced in anticipation of, all being well, our Easter opening. A new website is under construction and hopefully properly linked to this page we will be growing into all this new technology. A mystery to many and a must for others it nevertheless is now essential. Properly utilised the site will become a vehicle for learning more about our history to ensure that it is recorded for the benefit of others. It would be nice to think that there could be a Museum family enjoying looking after our heritage. A small group of people have been working hard over the past months taking good care of many items in storage. It had become clear that the space we had used was less than perfect and much work is taking place mainly on Wednesday mornings to improve the situation. Special thanks to Cheryl and Fiona who, when not taking the opportunity to play " dressing up" are working wonders with our collection of old clothes. Excellent job. Will get back to you all soon.

The recent arrival of a message  ( see below )  from The Poppy Appeal provides the opportunity to place on record the pa...
01/12/2018

The recent arrival of a message ( see below ) from The Poppy Appeal provides the opportunity to place on record the part CASTLE HOUSE MUSEUM recently played to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the WW 1 Armistice. This was somewhat difficult to achieve but thanks to the efforts of Andreya, Betty and Euan all of whom are associated with the Museum in conjunction with local Councillor Jim Anderson and Graeme Fletcher of Tents and Events, as the photographs show. it was spectacular.

Hi

I just wanted to touch base to say a huge “Thank You” for Lighting Up Red for us during the Poppy Appeal. The campaign ended up being so much bigger and wider than we had ever hoped and we really couldn’t have done it without your help. We had been aiming for around 100 locations across Scotland and ended up with 190 (two of which were in England). The final list of locations is embedded below this email. It was a huge increase from the 35 locations we had in 2017.

In summary, we had: 30 Churches; 14 Government Buildings/Town Houses; 12 War Memorials; 10 Castles; 9 Hotels; 8 Clocks; 6 Schools; 5 Universities; 4 Cathedrals; 4 Abbeys; 4 Lighthouses; 3 Theatres; 2 Bridges and 1 Royal and Ancient Clubhouse!! The more unusual locations included a wind farm, a phone box, a crane and a handful of Alpacas!

We were really touched by the support that we were given and the enthusiasm with which people took on the challenge of working out how to light up for us. We had huge interest in the campaign from the media and of course via social media, which is so image led. We would love it if you would consider lighting up again for us next year. However, it’s a way off now, so I will be in touch nearer the time!

Thanks again

Received two pictures today from Strachur History Society. They had borrowed items from the Victorian Kitchen as we were...
30/11/2018

Received two pictures today from Strachur History Society. They had borrowed items from the Victorian Kitchen as we were closed for the winter. Pleased to help and thanks for your very kind donation. Much appreciated.

Hello folks. Having had a Facebook reminder that I had not posted for a while decided as the weather today is really dis...
29/11/2018

Hello folks. Having had a Facebook reminder that I had not posted for a while decided as the weather today is really dismal to bring you all up to date with things MUSEUM. As we are closed for the winter we have started doing our one morning a week work parties to see what we need to do for next year. Our current task and one which has grown is the tidying up of our stock of old clothing which we have kept on the basis that " one day this will become useful". We want to keep it all in the one location if possible and ensure it is not getting damp. Boxed and labelled and properly described and listed is the task in hand. From the photographs you will see that the Museum is currently like an indoor washing day. If you can in any way help, especially if you like period clothing why not come along on a Wednesday from 10 am till noon. Even if you cannot spend some time with us perhaps you can hand in some plastic coat hangers , flat boxes or a suitable suitcase. These would prove very useful. The photographs will give an idea of the challenge. It is good fun and there will be tea and biscuits. Thanks.

25/10/2018

Please note that the Museum has now closed for the Winter. A big thanks to all who assisted and visited during the year.

Definitely the nicest visitor we have had in a while. So intelligent and friendly. MUSEUM OPEN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY under...
21/09/2018

Definitely the nicest visitor we have had in a while. So intelligent and friendly. MUSEUM OPEN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY under DOORS OPEN DAY. Hope you can come and see us free of charge. This also applies to DUNOON PIER where the Museum has prepared a special exhibition for all those who love our Pier and its history.

Apologies to one and all for lack of activity on here. Will try and get back into things ASAP. Meantime any child missin...
02/09/2018

Apologies to one and all for lack of activity on here. Will try and get back into things ASAP. Meantime any child missing this cuddly toy found outside can collect him. He is meantime having a whale of a time.

Come and join us - we have VisitScotland today at the Castle House Museum! Say hi to Morag the #coovan
27/07/2018

Come and join us - we have VisitScotland today at the Castle House Museum! Say hi to Morag the #coovan

Nice to report that we have had a busy week which kept me on my toes. Significant number of Tourist Office type queries ...
15/07/2018

Nice to report that we have had a busy week which kept me on my toes. Significant number of Tourist Office type queries which I more or less managed to attend to. Some family history type requests for information which were luckily easily resolved. Happy that I assisted and indeed prevented " Lamont " visitors from visiting the wrong place down at Toward. There is an urgent need for proper signage down there. Visitors are unaware of the huge difference of visiting Castle Toward as opposed to Toward Castle. Dunoon had a visit from The Royal Servants a group of mainly young people from America. They have been coming for many years. Will not forget the expressions on their faces when on climbing Castle Hill I told them to turn round and see the Waverley Whilst she has a very significant sound when underway, as she approaches the breakwater she is practically silent. They were astounded and later thanked me after I gave them a few details. Asked if I could take their picture and they readily agreed.

A very quiet start to the day prompted me to take the opportunity to tidy up the entrance to the Museum.Even washed the ...
11/07/2018

A very quiet start to the day prompted me to take the opportunity to tidy up the entrance to the Museum.Even washed the window which looks down our wheelchair ramp. Thought it was clean but it was far from it. Anyway I was approached by a lady who asked if there was anywhere for sitting in the Gardens, Suggested the three benches immediately in front of the Museum near the foot of Castle Hill.She said they wanted to picnic. I asked her how many were in her group she said 28. Suggested that I would get her some chairs from our Office. To cut a long story short managed to get it all sorted out as most of the children could sit on sheets they had brought. My reward was to share in some of their food which was a bit different from the cheese sandwiches I had brought with me. Things just took off from there and I had the busiest of days with the the shop and toilets going like a fair. Even gave out another two seats to two people who were passing who had fish suppers.. There was a regular stream of other visitors mainly Grannies with their charges. A gentleman asked about William Street and if I had any Valuation Rolls. Said I had and would look for him. By great fortune I opened it up at the page. He was delighted. Even did my Tourist Office bit. Visitor from America wanted a lot of information which I somewhat clumsily managed to sort out. By the way is there anywhere you can hire a car in Dunoon? A quiet spell before closing resulted in some litter picking from here and there. Thanks very much for your visit ladies which I greatly enjoyed. PS. I was the only one on duty while all this was going on. My fault but you know what it was great. Finished my day with watching the Waverley before going home.

Picture taken specially for the wee girl as her grandfather had forgotten the camera.
10/07/2018

Picture taken specially for the wee girl as her grandfather had forgotten the camera.

06/07/2018

Hello folks,

Apologies for the absence of any update from the Museum for a wee while. I have been on holiday and have been catching up with a few things. Thanks to everyone who kept the place going so well during my absence. Will get back on track just as soon as I can. Meantime just enjoy this delightful photograph of a nice young visitor who was in earlier on in the week. Mother's permission granted of course. Watch this space. MISSING PICTURE POSTED BELOW Thanks

21/06/2018

This is a nice little museum it is very small and they have done quite well to give some history of the town in a tiny space. However I do feel it probably hasn't changed much for many years and perhaps could benefit from some updating? Dunoon was a very popular resort years ago when hundreds of visitors from Glasgow would go Doon the Watter on the steam ships. A few well known people came from there or lived there for a while but goodness who now is interested in Harry Lauder or knows who Mary Marquis was? I do but I am nearly 60! The museum needs to try to attract some younger people and maybe needs to rethink the exhibition to update a bit. We did enjoy it but I feel Dunoon needs a bit of livening up if it is going to attract visitors and stay a place holiday makers will want to go. ABOVE COMMENT RECEIVED ON TRIP ADVISOR. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Another busy morning mainly because of another ” free day ” at the Esplanade Hotel. It fair makes a difference to ou...
13/06/2018

Another busy morning mainly because of another ” free day ” at the Esplanade Hotel. It fair makes a difference to our visitor numbers. A former DGS Secondary school.friend popped in by chance today and could not believe the memories it evoked of Dhalling Mhor and Reggie Brooks. A bonus for him was finding a picture of his two Aunts. Today’s donation arrived courtesy of the Bryson family who did so much for fund raising for Dunoon Swimming Pool and creating the Museum amongst many other things to benefit Dunoon and Charities. This item has already appeared on Facebook not too long ago but is now in our safe keeping. Sometime I will tell the full story behind our Swimming Pool which has served Dunoon so well over the years.

Museum attendances varying between very quiet and very busy. Difference caused mainly  as a result of hotels having a fr...
12/06/2018

Museum attendances varying between very quiet and very busy. Difference caused mainly as a result of hotels having a free day. Certainly has a favourable impact on us so it must be the same for the local shops. Picture shows two former Dunoon residents all the way from Australia. They will be back in to see me later on and we will continue our conversation about changes to Dunoon since their last visit 10 years ago. Nearly forgot! Jim Hunter and his wife Helen MacDonald who was in my class in Kirn Primary.

The week started with a Bank Holiday and truly glorious weather which normally hits any kind of indoor pursuit really ha...
31/05/2018

The week started with a Bank Holiday and truly glorious weather which normally hits any kind of indoor pursuit really hard. Happy to report that we have enjoyed welcoming a fair number of visitors who without exception were very pleased with their experience. The highlight today was the gift of a delightful pen and ink sketch of the Picture House in Argyll Street in Dunoon. This was on the site of Woolworths now Home Hardware. Why did we knock buildings like this down.? Many thanks to former pupil of Sandbank Primary Camina Murchison, as she was then known, for this wonderful drawing and also updating some of our school pictures. A perfect illustration of why it is so important that the Museum exists. Otherwise a lot of items like this would simply be lost to the Town.

Today’s visitors included these two school friends from quite a while back. Nance Smith and Barrie Collits I am sure w...
30/05/2018

Today’s visitors included these two school friends from quite a while back. Nance Smith and Barrie Collits I am sure were impressed with their all too brief visit. I greatly enjoyed their reminiscences as they looked through Dunoon Grammar School Magazines and photographs. Whilst not in the same year as me we nevertheless knew some of the same pupils. Thanks for your visit. It was appreciated.

26/05/2018

Yet again another 807 people have not heard from Castle House Museum for a while. Cannot believe just how quickly the time has passed since I received a similar message. Dunoon seems to have remembered just what days in May were like weatherwise. It has been a great wee spell of excellent weather and a lot of people have sunburnt faces to remind them. Not unsurprisingly the Museum has been quiet but we are still getting nice visitors and a few things handed in. Some Meccano has been added to our display of childrens' toys from the 1950/60s. American couple in this afternoon think I am the only person in Dunoon to know of the existence of a man called Oswald Chambers who was at Dhalling Mhor, Kirn both as a pupil and teacher. Really world famous but not so in Dunoon, Scotland or indeed the UK. Such a talented man. Have just had a quick look out of the window and on a considerable length of the Prom can see about sixteen people. In earlier times you would have been lucky to see the ground. Mind you earlier on there was a bit of a buzz around the Pier with one of our " sporty " events taking place. It was particularly nice to see Waverley calling on such a nice day. A sight hard to beat. Will post picture later from home when I can get it off my camera.. Nearly forgot to mention we have been awarded another Certificate of Excellence for this year by Trip Advisor.

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Castle Gardens
Dunoon
PA237HH

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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01369701422

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