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Paisley Museum Paisley Museum, Art Gallery, Observatory & Heritage Centre. Currently closed in order to undergo a £42m redevelopment. Supported by the HLF
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This week’s 'Then' image is of Woolworths in Paisley High Street from around 1970. Opened in 1924 and closed in 1988 the...
13/05/2020

This week’s 'Then' image is of Woolworths in Paisley High Street from around 1970. Opened in 1924 and closed in 1988 the building is now occupied by WH Smiths and Sports Direct. What are your memories of Woolies? Pick n’ mix, the escalator, the wee door on School Wynd?

From the Heritage Centre collection > https://bit.ly/1NvB8qE

The Heritage Centre has a number of free online research aids which are easy to use > https://bit.ly/1NvB8qEFor Family R...
12/05/2020

The Heritage Centre has a number of free online research aids which are easy to use > https://bit.ly/1NvB8qE

For Family Research there is our Paisley Poor Law index. We also have our online newspaper index from 1824 – 1883 and for those interested in social history we have our online Paisley Pamphlets index.

All collections are held at the Heritage Centre and any hits from the indexes can be matched to the resources when we re-open.

Wow, look at these fantastic artworks!The judges absolutely loved the collage techniques used in these incredible artwor...
12/05/2020

Wow, look at these fantastic artworks!

The judges absolutely loved the collage techniques used in these incredible artworks featured in the ‘Seasons’ Primary 1 - 3 category of our Inspired exhibition.

Huge congratulations to Erin B at Cochrane Castle Primary School, Ella A and Finlay from K Howwood Primary, Ava M and Harrison M at Williamsburgh Primary School.

Renfrewshire Leisure #InspiredExhibition #Creativelearning

Tomorrow Tuesday 12th May 2020: Would you like to keep a one-day diary for Mass Observation? In 2020 the Mass Observatio...
11/05/2020
12th May

Tomorrow Tuesday 12th May 2020: Would you like to keep a one-day diary for Mass Observation?
In 2020 the Mass Observation Archive will be repeating its annual call for day diaries, capturing the everyday lives of people across the UK. The written diaries will be stored in the Archive at The Keep and be used by a wide range of people for research, teaching and learning. This is the 10th Anniversary of the 12th May Diary project.
http://www.massobs.org.uk/write-for-us/12th-may

As well as having many amazing Paisley shawls in the collection, we also have traditional shawls from other parts of the...
11/05/2020

As well as having many amazing Paisley shawls in the collection, we also have traditional shawls from other parts of the country.

The shepherd’s plaid was traditionally worn by shepherds to protect them in harsh weather and used as blanket when sleeping outdoors. They could wrap new-born lambs in its folds to keep them warm.

The black and white checked pattern is associated with the Scottish Borders area and is sometimes referred to as Northumberland or Border tartan.

The National Galleries of Scotland's portrait James Hogg, 'The Ettrick Shepherd' by Sir John Watson Gordon shows him wearing a shepherd’s plaid > https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/2739/james-hogg-1770-1835-poet-ettrick-shepherd

The 3rd of May was this year’s International Dawn Chorus Day – a celebration of bird song, nature’s greatest symphony, w...
09/05/2020

The 3rd of May was this year’s International Dawn Chorus Day – a celebration of bird song, nature’s greatest symphony, which for the birds is a declaration of territory and breeding fitness.

But did you know that it was Paisley’s own Alexander Wilson who carried out the first breeding bird census in America?

In a friend’s garden in Philadelphia in the spring of 1811, Wilson determined that at least 51 pairs of 19 species of bird were nesting there, including the Yellow-breasted Chat and Indigo Bunting which are both illustrated on this plate from Wilson’s American Ornithology.

Today marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Victory in Europe Day, bringing an end to the Second World War in Europe, an...
08/05/2020

Today marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Victory in Europe Day, bringing an end to the Second World War in Europe, an event which was marked by celebrations all across the country.

However, food was still rationed to ensure there was enough to go around, and people were issued with ration books to claim their allowance. Foodstuffs that remained on the ration list included sweets, chocolate, eggs, meat and even tea. Rationing would remain in place for a further 9 years, finally ending on 4th July 1954.

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Check out these incredible artworks!The judges were really impressed by the use of colour and drawing skills in these fa...
07/05/2020

Check out these incredible artworks!

The judges were really impressed by the use of colour and drawing skills in these fantastic artworks featured in the ‘Seasons’ Primary 1 - 3 category of our Inspired exhibition.

Huge Congratulations to Mason M and Mason S at Williamsburgh Primary School, Macy M and Murray B from Howwood Primary School.

Renfrewshire Leisure #InspiredExhibition #Creativelearning

Forecast looking good for the Coats-Observatory livestream due to start shortly. Here are a few images they posted of wh...
06/05/2020

Forecast looking good for the Coats-Observatory livestream due to start shortly. Here are a few images they posted of what will hopefully be visible. Looks amazing!

Weather forecast is looking excellent for this evening so all should be well for a 9:30pm start to the live broadcast. Here are a few images taken using the phone camera to give an idea of what should be visible tonight.

Hope you can join us then.

This week’s 'Then' image is of Cuthbertson’s in Gilmour Street, around 1962, when music shops sold everything from music...
06/05/2020

This week’s 'Then' image is of Cuthbertson’s in Gilmour Street, around 1962, when music shops sold everything from musical instruments, written music and records, both LPs and singles.

Did the shop move to a unit at the Piazza on Gilmour Street?

From the Heritage Centre collection https://bit.ly/1NvB8qE

Check out our second Inspired Exhibition category, ‘Seasons’ where Renfrewshire pupils from Primary 1 - 3 drew inspirati...
05/05/2020

Check out our second Inspired Exhibition category, ‘Seasons’ where Renfrewshire pupils from Primary 1 - 3 drew inspiration from 'Spring' by William J. Kennedy (1859–1918) on Art UK > https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/spring-190220/view_as/grid/search/works:spring--makers:william-j-kennedy-18591918/page/1

Huge congratulations to Georgia R from Heriot Primary School, Olivia O from Howwood Primary, Sam C and Dylan O at Bridge of Weir Primary and Diana K, Mark M, Jacob S, and Faith K from St. Fergus' Primary.

Inspirational artworks were chosen for their wonderful use of arts materials and wide variety of techniques to create these fantastic trees and forests.

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#MayTheFourthBeWithYou...In 2017 we held the exhibition 'May The Toys Be With You'. Take inspiration from these graphic ...
04/05/2020

#MayTheFourthBeWithYou...

In 2017 we held the exhibition 'May The Toys Be With You'. Take inspiration from these graphic novel images and create your own graphic novel story. All you need is your imagination!

What characters will you choose and what adventures await!

Hopefully the forecast will remain for the Paisley Coats-Observatory 'Lunar Livestream' tonight, Saturday 2 May.They are...
02/05/2020

Hopefully the forecast will remain for the Paisley Coats-Observatory 'Lunar Livestream' tonight, Saturday 2 May.

They are aiming to start the livestream at 9.30pm which will be linked on their page later > https://www.facebook.com/Paisley.Coats.Observatory/

You will also be able to ask astronomy-related questions by typing them into the comments.

#MuseumFromHome

Forecast is still looking good for tonight - boding well for the Lunar Livestream. Aiming to start at 9:30pm. To join in just hit the link to the livestream. If you have any astronomy-related questions please just type them in the comments and I will aim to answer them!

Hope you can join us tonight!

#museumsfromhome

Do you remember the first time you used a cash machine in Paisley? What was it like being able get money out when the ba...
02/05/2020

Do you remember the first time you used a cash machine in Paisley? What was it like being able get money out when the banks were closed. Got any films or photos of Paisley's first cash machines?

#OTD in 1966, 2 May, patent GB1197183 was filed.

The idea of a PIN stored on a card was developed by a group of engineers working at Smiths Group in 1965 and has been credited to James Goodfellow from Paisley, with Anthony Davies. Patent GB1197183 enabled automated customer verification. Its an invention that is seen all over the world. This technology is used within ATMs, Automated Teller Machine. James received £10 bonus from his employer for the invention. http://www.engineeringhalloffame.org/profile-goodfellow.html

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Happy International Workers Day!While the 1st of May only received this designation quite recently, working people have ...
01/05/2020

Happy International Workers Day!

While the 1st of May only received this designation quite recently, working people have almost always sought to organise themselves for protection and mutual benefit.

Here we have a detail of a banner in our collection for ‘The United Bakers of Paisley.’ Although details are scant, it is very likely that they were a Trades Society. Trades people of the Burgh were permitted to form such societies after a charter was granted by the Town Council in 1658.

With a joining fee and annual subscription, benefits would have included support for retired members and bereaved families.

#StandWithWorkers #MayDay2020

At Paisley Museum, we love Lego. Here is one of our favourites – a specially created Paisley Pattern made entirely from ...
30/04/2020

At Paisley Museum, we love Lego. Here is one of our favourites – a specially created Paisley Pattern made entirely from Lego bricks, designed by Warren Elsmore.

Why not have a go at creating your own favourite object or building in Lego.

#MuseumFromHome

30/04/2020
Minecraft of the Glen

Back in 2018 the Monarch of the Glen painting by Sir Edwin Landseer visited Paisley Museum. We are currently closed for refurbishment, but check out this Minecraft museum exhibition walk-through!

Why not design your own museum exhibition on Minecraft!

We would love to see your creations!

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First up from our Inspired exhibition is our pre-5 category, ‘On the Farm’ using 'Calves' by David Gauld (1867–1936) on ...
30/04/2020

First up from our Inspired exhibition is our pre-5 category, ‘On the Farm’ using 'Calves' by David Gauld (1867–1936) on Art UK as inspiration > https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/calves-190102/search/venue:paisley-museum-and-art-galleries-6997/page/7

The children created their own artwork using a range of materials including paint, paper and pom poms! The judges loved the creative use of colour and materials in each of these artworks.

Congratulations Peter B and Ruby J from Kilbarchan Community Nursery Parents Group, Harvey G, Emily K, Callie M and Aela M at St John Bosco Primary School and Samuel G from Douglas Street ELCC.

Renfrewshire Leisure #InspiredExhibition #Creativelearning #MuseumFromHome

For the last 18 months, we've been working with Kairos Women's Space to develop a story as part of the Paisley Museum Re...
30/04/2020

For the last 18 months, we've been working with Kairos Women's Space to develop a story as part of the Paisley Museum Re-Imagined project.

As part of that process, we have made a banner, undertaken research, delivered training and made visits to share knowledge. We have worked together on a booklet representing the journey, with large print and audio file > https://pmr.wetransfer.com/downloads/f9141efe6e6f6ed1f8dc966dd4fda1f320200303163506/8785bc

We're missing meeting up with them but are enjoying finding ways we can still work together on the #MuseumFromHome through their virtual 'Kairos Museum' initiative.

This week’s 'Then' image is of the Alex Cinema or the New Alex Cinema after an upgrade in 1939.The cinema was opposite t...
29/04/2020

This week’s 'Then' image is of the Alex Cinema or the New Alex Cinema after an upgrade in 1939.

The cinema was opposite the old Royal Alexandria Infirmary. Is that where the name came from? It was closed in 1959 and demolished to make way for a petrol station.

From the Heritage Centre collection > https://bit.ly/1NvB8qE

Every year, Paisley Museum and Art Gallery host the Inspired exhibition to showcase some of the best artwork from school...
28/04/2020

Every year, Paisley Museum and Art Gallery host the Inspired exhibition to showcase some of the best artwork from schools in Renfrewshire.

Every school is invited to participate, and from all the amazing entries we receive a selection are chosen to be exhibited.

This year the exhibition was displayed in the Tannahill Centre, which unfortunately temporarily closed due to COVID-19 shortly after the exhibition opened. Therefore, we have decided to share the exhibit online to ensure the children’s hard work can still be displayed and enjoyed by everyone.

The children submitted work in 7 categories and over the coming weeks we will be sharing the artwork in their categories until all the fabulous art is online for you to enjoy.

Look out for our first category; ‘On the Farm’ by the Pre-5’s – we hope you are as excited as we are to celebrate wonderful artwork!

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We have some lovely needlework samplers in the collection.Used as an early form of home-learning or produced in school b...
27/04/2020

We have some lovely needlework samplers in the collection.

Used as an early form of home-learning or produced in school by girls in the 18th and 19th centuries, they were made to help learn the alphabet and numbers as well as sewing skills that were considered important to acquire.

They often include the names or initials of parents and siblings as well as the stitcher’s own name. Houses or school buildings are sometimes shown as well as animals, flowers and traditional motifs like hearts and crowns.

Jane Downes, aged 12 in 1839, has included two peacocks in her sampler. Can you spot them?

A weekly constellation guide on Coats-Observatory page relating to constellations visible in the Paisley skies.
24/04/2020

A weekly constellation guide on Coats-Observatory page relating to constellations visible in the Paisley skies.

Once I week we will publish a constellation guide on our page. This will relate to constellations visible in the Paisley skies and will cover how to find it and some of the main stars and other features visible within the constellation plus some of the mythology surrounding it.

BBC Bitesize are posting daily lessons online.We enjoyed their lesson on learning some of the skills needed to study his...
23/04/2020
How can I be a historian?

BBC Bitesize are posting daily lessons online.

We enjoyed their lesson on learning some of the skills needed to study history, especially the line 'being a historian is surprisingly similar to being a detective'. Are all sources reliable?

Find out more with the BBC Bitesize History lesson > https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zn4hpg8?xtor=CS8-1000-%5BDiscovery_Cards%5D-%5BMulti_Site%5D-%5BSL08%5D-%5BPS_BITESIZE~C~~P_Historian%5D

20 April - Learn about the skills needed to study History.

This week’s 'Then' image is of Bryce’s the ironmonger at 39 High Street where assorted nails, screws or bolts came in sm...
22/04/2020

This week’s 'Then' image is of Bryce’s the ironmonger at 39 High Street where assorted nails, screws or bolts came in small paper bags.

Remembered better in its location around the corner in New Street. Which location do you remember?

From the Heritage Centre collection > https://bit.ly/1NvB8qE

The Lyrid meteor shower is expected to reach its peak overnight tonight, Tuesday into Wednesday (21 into 22 April).Throu...
21/04/2020

The Lyrid meteor shower is expected to reach its peak overnight tonight, Tuesday into Wednesday (21 into 22 April).

Through a network of live meteor cameras set up across the UK, the shower can be viewed virtually from your home via > https://ukmeteornetwork.co.uk/live/#/

While we can’t physically spend time with them, over the past few weeks we have taken part online in the Kairos Women's ...
20/04/2020

While we can’t physically spend time with them, over the past few weeks we have taken part online in the Kairos Women's Space Pub Quiz and have worked on creating a 'MEseum'.

We facilitated a MEseum session for people to curate objects from their own homes, like this beautiful jewellery box.

We have also worked on developing research for our co-produced story and are hoping to host the Kairos Pub Quiz in a couple of weeks.

The Lyrid meteor shower, active between the 13th and 29th of April, reaches a peak on the night of 21st (Tuesday) April ...
20/04/2020

The Lyrid meteor shower, active between the 13th and 29th of April, reaches a peak on the night of 21st (Tuesday) April and into the small hours of the 22nd (Wednesday).

Normally, the best way to view a meteor shower is outside at a location with a clear dark sky. However, through the network of live meteor cameras set up across the UK, the shower can be viewed virtually from your home.

Visit https://ukmeteornetwork.co.uk/live/#/ for more details.

More on the Lyrids and how to observe them can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y9sscl9z

It’s a strange time to start a new job, but we’re delighted to welcome Stef as our Audience Research Officer.It’s more i...
17/04/2020

It’s a strange time to start a new job, but we’re delighted to welcome Stef as our Audience Research Officer.

It’s more important than ever to know how the museum can work for and with people.

Stef’s previous research has included social spaces in cultural buildings, which feels especially relevant when we’re all missing social connection and being able to meet together.

She’ll join colleagues in talking to existing and new partners, community groups and visitors. She’ll also be thinking creatively about how we can do audience research while we’re working remotely.

Bringing the outdoors indoors with Gourock born “Glasgow Girl” Bet Low’s (1924-2007) Renfrewshire Landscape.Can you iden...
16/04/2020
Renfrewshire Landscape | Art UK

Bringing the outdoors indoors with Gourock born “Glasgow Girl” Bet Low’s (1924-2007) Renfrewshire Landscape.

Can you identify the viewpoint Low was depicting on Art UK > http://artuk.org/discover/artworks/renfrewshire-landscape-190274/search/actor:low-bet-19242007/page/1/view_as/grid

Discover artworks, explore venues and meet artists. Art UK is the online home for every public collection in the UK. Featuring over 200,000 oil paintings by some 38,000 artists.

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Paisley Museum Re-Imagined

The name Paisley is known around the world thanks to the pattern which bears the town's name.

Now we want to bring the world back to Paisley to see and hear the inspirational and unique stories of the people and history of the town that created a global design icon brought to life.

Work is under way to transform Paisley Museum into an international-class attraction - the flagship project within a wider programme aimed at using the town's unique and internationally-significant cultural and heritage story to transform its future and make the area one of Scotland's key destinations.

The museum is now closed to be transformed into a reimagined home for the area's outstanding art, science and natural history collections, and internationally-significant story as the one-time centre of a global industry, to reopen in 2022.

The revamped museum is expected to attract 125,000 visits a year - almost four times current numbers - creating huge footfall for Paisley's high street and town centre, as well as a £72m economic boost over 30 years.

The museum is being redesigned by world-renowned architects AL_A - who have worked on landmark projects across the globe, including the V&A museum in London.

The firm's founder - Stirling Prize winner Amanda Levete - described the Paisley Museum Reimagined project as "one of the most radical briefs I have read....this is not only about finding the way to best show the museum's collection, it's also about showing the world how an ambitious cultural project can have a profound impact on a community and its identity."

Co-produced with the local community, the Paisley Museum Reimagined project will completely reimagine how the collections are displayed - and more than double the number of objects on show.

It will also see extensive building renovations across the site, including the Coats Observatory, the oldest public observatory in Scotland. The project will preserve the beautiful 19th-century architecture while creating a 21st-century facility.

The museum was opened in 1871 and was designed by renowned Glasgow architect Sir John Honeyman. The building was gifted to the town by Sir Peter Coats of the Coats family, whose Paisley-based thread making empire stretched around the world, and whose family's largesse built much of the historic town centre still around us today.

Renfrewshire's collections are among the best in Scotland and include:

- including the world's largest collection of Paisley shawls and pattern books

- artwork from the world-renowned Glasgow Boys

- one of Scotland's best collections of studio ceramics

- a unique offering of mediaeval manuscripts dating back to before the Reformation

- a full volume of The Birds of America by John James Audubon - one of the most desirable and spectacular books ever produced

much-loved artefacts including Buddy - a stuffed lion and recognisable talking point for generations of visitors

The collections are still available to be seen at Paisley: The Secret Collection - the first publicly-accessible museum store on a UK high street.

The museum project is central to a £100m programme of investment in Paisley's cultural venues, led by Renfrewshire Council, as part of a wider plan to use our unique cultural and heritage assets and superb architectural legacy to bring visitors here and transform our future.

Paisley Museum Re-Imagined includes funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government's Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

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Dear Paisley Museum, This photo CANNOT have been taken in 1987. The REASON? UNTIL around 1993/94, the STREET lighting columns in the precinct were all BLACK, THEN painted BLUE. From what I see in this photo here, the lighting columns appear to be BLUE. Can you shed any light on that for me at all please?
Hello! A few years ago, I read online what is possibly the equivalent of today's FAI of the Glen Cinema Disaster or maybe the trial of cinema manager Charles Dorward. Im trying to find it again and Im getting nowhere. Someone suggested it was held in the archives in the library or Heritage Centre. Is this something you have access to at all? Many thanx :)
A Grubb telescope on Monkman and Seagull right now, reminds me of the beautiful one at the top of the Coats-Observatory!