The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust

The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust, formed by local volunteers, is a charity registered in Scotland (Charity Number SC043189). The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust aims to establish a lively community museum for the historic market town of Strathaven and District, in beautiful Avondale, Lanarkshire, Scotland, with resources fit for the 21st Century.

When our local museum was closed, much against our will, our community responded by forming a team of volunteers who would generate a bid for the former museum building and would ensure the safety of, and public access to, the thousands of artefacts The John Hastie Collection and The Strathaven Archive, stored by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Trust. We were unsuccessful in our bid for the

When our local museum was closed, much against our will, our community responded by forming a team of volunteers who would generate a bid for the former museum building and would ensure the safety of, and public access to, the thousands of artefacts The John Hastie Collection and The Strathaven Archive, stored by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Trust. We were unsuccessful in our bid for the

Operating as usual

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to visit our exhibition in the CAS shop in Green Street over the last two week...
13/09/2021

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to visit our exhibition in the CAS shop in Green Street over the last two weeks. As we were unable to ‘man’ the exhibition due to Covid, we would be delighted to hear your comments about the materials produced by our local school children. We hope to hold another exhibition in the near future showing a selection of the materials we received from local residents. Please post your comments below or email [email protected]

Only a few hours left to view this amazing exhibition provided by our local school children. This pandemic is history in...
08/09/2021

Only a few hours left to view this amazing exhibition provided by our local school children. This pandemic is history in the making. Please pop in.

Our exhibition is open Monday to Friday 10-5 and Saturday 12-5.
07/09/2021

Our exhibition is open Monday to Friday 10-5 and Saturday 12-5.

Our exhibition is open Monday to Friday 10-5 and Saturday 12-5.

Thanks to everyone who has popped in to browse our exhibition showing our town’s children’s reminisces of COVID. We’re e...
05/09/2021

Thanks to everyone who has popped in to browse our exhibition showing our town’s children’s reminisces of COVID. We’re exhibiting for another one week. Hope you can drop in.

Pop in and browse our exhibition displaying material submitted by our local schools documenting their thoughts and memor...
03/09/2021

Pop in and browse our exhibition displaying material submitted by our local schools documenting their thoughts and memories of Covid-19 in our town.

Pop in and browse our exhibition displaying material submitted by our local schools documenting their thoughts and memories of Covid-19 in our town.

Our exhibition is NOW OPEN!! Please drop in to read the submissions we have received from our local schools giving their...
28/08/2021

Our exhibition is NOW OPEN!!
Please drop in to read the submissions we have received from our local schools giving their thoughts and memories of Covid-19. This is our town’s history.

Our exhibition is NOW OPEN!!
Please drop in to read the submissions we have received from our local schools giving their thoughts and memories of Covid-19. This is our town’s history.

Our exhibition is now open! Please pop in to CAS to view our display.
27/08/2021

Our exhibition is now open! Please pop in to CAS to view our display.

Our exhibition is now open! Please pop in to CAS to view our display.

07/08/2021

Andrew Park passed away peacefully on Thursday, 29th of July at Avonhaugh nursing home at the age of 91. Andrew was a well known local businessman who was extremely active within the community of Strathaven.

Andrew, along with Bill Beveridge, was instrumental in pushing the local council to build a swimming pool in Strathaven having raised donations of £300k with the help of various organisations and individuals in the town. He was the Chairman of the organising committee that resurrected Strathaven Gala Day which is still enjoyed by all in Strathaven today.
Our condolences from all at Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust go out to Lesley, Abigail and Victor at this time.
The family has asked that if you wish to make a donation in Andrew's memory that it goes to Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust. Please use the details below if you are able to make a donation.
The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust
Account Number: 00602984
Sort Code: 83-27-34

09/05/2021

Have you contributed your memories of Covid to our archive yet? This is a moment in history which we are living through right now and we would be delighted if you could add to our growing list of contributions - but we need so many more! It is our intention to share some of these documents, photos, poems etc in an exhibition in the future. Please email your thoughts/memories in any format to [email protected]

Calling all organisations, groups and businesses! Have you registered on the brand new one-stop App for Strathaven - Ins...
28/04/2021

Calling all organisations, groups and businesses! Have you registered on the brand new one-stop App for Strathaven - InsideOut?
http://InsideOutapp.co.uk
Now that our groups and businesses are opening up, it’s important to have the correct details for you in one place - and this is it! Achieved by funding granted to the Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust, this is the one stop shop for residents and visitors to find out all about what you have to offer! You can include contact details, website links, description of who you are and what you offer, photos, Covid rules and much more. Your info can also be accessed via the Discover Strathaven website.

Calling all organisations, groups and businesses! Have you registered on the brand new one-stop App for Strathaven - InsideOut?
http://InsideOutapp.co.uk
Now that our groups and businesses are opening up, it’s important to have the correct details for you in one place - and this is it! Achieved by funding granted to the Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust, this is the one stop shop for residents and visitors to find out all about what you have to offer! You can include contact details, website links, description of who you are and what you offer, photos, Covid rules and much more. Your info can also be accessed via the Discover Strathaven website.

Our open meeting is tonight via Zoom at 7.30. Please message for log in details. We are urgently seeking new members to ...
14/04/2021

Our open meeting is tonight via Zoom at 7.30. Please message for log in details.
We are urgently seeking new members to support our Trust. Can you help?
Find out about our quest for permanent premises, our input into the new Strathaven app - InsideOut - and the general work of the Trust.
We hope you can join us.

Our open meeting is tonight via Zoom at 7.30. Please message for log in details.
We are urgently seeking new members to support our Trust. Can you help?
Find out about our quest for permanent premises, our input into the new Strathaven app - InsideOut - and the general work of the Trust.
We hope you can join us.

Remember to send us your photographs for Life in Strathaven every month throughout the year! Anything at all showing act...
29/03/2021

Remember to send us your photographs for Life in Strathaven every month throughout the year! Anything at all showing activity within the town and the surrounding area.
See below for details of how to do it.

Remember to send us your photographs for Life in Strathaven every month throughout the year! Anything at all showing activity within the town and the surrounding area.
See below for details of how to do it.

🗣Play your part in the history of our town! 🗣We are looking for your help - from the youngest to the oldest, individuals...
22/03/2021

🗣Play your part in the history of our town! 🗣
We are looking for your help - from the youngest to the oldest, individuals, businesses, clubs and organisations - everyone! You can write, draw, photograph, record.... you choose the format.
See below for more details. Thank you.

🗣Play your part in the history of our town! 🗣
We are looking for your help - from the youngest to the oldest, individuals, businesses, clubs and organisations - everyone! You can write, draw, photograph, record.... you choose the format.
See below for more details. Thank you.

Zoom meeting for Members and Friends is tomorrow Wednesday 28th at 7.30.Please email strathavenmuseum@gmail.com for log ...
16/03/2021

Zoom meeting for Members and Friends is tomorrow Wednesday 28th at 7.30.
Please email [email protected] for log in details.

Zoom meeting for Members and Friends is tomorrow Wednesday 28th at 7.30.
Please email [email protected] for log in details.

Links here with what followed in Strathaven in 1820 leading to the death of James Purlie Wilson
13/03/2021

Links here with what followed in Strathaven in 1820 leading to the death of James Purlie Wilson

This gets its terrestrial premiere tonight (C4, 10pm).

Whit's Peterloo got to do with Glasgow, you ask.

Well, the violence meted out to peaceful protestors at Petersfield in Manchester that day didn't cow our forebears - it made them bold.

Just over a year later, having been banned from assembling within the city boundaries, between 40 and 60k Glaswegians - then the largest gathering of Radicals and Reformers in Britain - took place at James Turner's Thrushgrove estate, in Springburn, just outside the city boundary.

Turner was later charged with high treason and imprisoned in the Bridewell.

The Lord Provost had said if the meeting was held on Glasgow Green, it would be at the Radical’s peril. The Magistrates would call out the 42nd Regiment and with their bayonets keep them at bay. They were also denied use of the Trades House, Glassford Street.

Sanny Roger, a radical, poet, and weaver from the East End, penned the following verse about the political ferment going on in the city at the time:

“Vile sooty rabble what d’ye mean
by raisin’ a’ this dreadful din
do you no ken what horrid sin
ye are committing
by haudin’ up your crafts sae thin
for sig a meeting?

Vile black-nebs! Doomed through life to drudge
and howk amang your native sludge
wha’ is’t gives you the fight to judge
o’ siccan matters
that ye maun grumble, grunt an’ grudge
at us, your betters?

Base rads! Who’s ignorance surpasses
the dull stupidity of asses
think ye the privileged classe
care aught aboot ye?
If only mair ye daur to fash us
by George! We’ll shoot ye!

We’ve wealth o’ sodgers in the town
to keep sic ragamuffins doun
and gin ye dinna settle soon
by a’ that’s guid!
we’ll gar the common sewers rin
wi’ your base bluid.

Tak, therefore, this kind admonition
recant, repent, be a’ submission
and, as a proof that your contrition
is frae’ the heart
in Gude’s name burn that vile petition
before ye part.”

An important announcement from The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust regarding The Ballgreen Hall. You can also read i...
19/02/2021

An important announcement from The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust regarding The Ballgreen Hall. You can also read it in this week’s Echoes and on our website. Check our website to keep up to date with our continuing work.
Www.strathavenmuseum.org

An important announcement from The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust regarding The Ballgreen Hall. You can also read it in this week’s Echoes and on our website. Check our website to keep up to date with our continuing work.
Www.strathavenmuseum.org

‘LIFE IN STRATHAVEN’We are delighted to announce that, in preparation for our 2022 calendar! (Yes 2022!!), we are now ac...
04/02/2021

‘LIFE IN STRATHAVEN’
We are delighted to announce that, in preparation for our 2022 calendar! (Yes 2022!!), we are now accepting your images to be considered for inclusion. Initially, we are looking for photographs taken in November and December 2020 and January 2021. Please indicate which month they were taken. See Echoes article below for details of how to submit your photos. Open to all ages. Must be photos showing aspects of life in and around Strathaven. You may submit more than one photo.

‘LIFE IN STRATHAVEN’
We are delighted to announce that, in preparation for our 2022 calendar! (Yes 2022!!), we are now accepting your images to be considered for inclusion. Initially, we are looking for photographs taken in November and December 2020 and January 2021. Please indicate which month they were taken. See Echoes article below for details of how to submit your photos. Open to all ages. Must be photos showing aspects of life in and around Strathaven. You may submit more than one photo.

Happy New Year from the Trustees of The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust. You can support us by purchasing our 2021 c...
02/01/2021

Happy New Year from the Trustees of The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust. You can support us by purchasing our 2021 calendar from Craig’s Newsagent or The Common Greenery as well as checking our website for more information.
Www.strathavenmuseum.org

The Trust will be holding their AGM via Zoom on Tuesday 15th December 2020 at 7.30. We would be delighted to welcome as ...
03/12/2020

The Trust will be holding their AGM via Zoom on Tuesday 15th December 2020 at 7.30. We would be delighted to welcome as many people as possible to hear about our work over the last year and our hopes for the future. If you would like to join us, please email [email protected] to register. Sign in details will be sent out prior to the meeting.
Liz Cooper (trustee)
On behalf of the Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust SC043189

Our calendars are still available from Craig’s in the Common Green and The Common Greenery in Townhead Street. Priced £5...
17/11/2020

Our calendars are still available from Craig’s in the Common Green and The Common Greenery in Townhead Street. Priced £5.
For those of you not keen to venture out during lockdown, please email [email protected] and we will endeavour to get them to you.

The 2021 Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust (SC043189) calendar is now available, priced £5, from Craig’s Newsagent, Co...
14/11/2020

The 2021 Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust (SC043189) calendar is now available, priced £5, from Craig’s Newsagent, Common Green and The Common Greenery, Townhead Street.

There is a new app for Strathaven about to be launched ( as detailed In Echoes) called InsideOut. It’s free to add your ...
03/11/2020

There is a new app for Strathaven about to be launched ( as detailed In Echoes) called InsideOut. It’s free to add your business or organisation. I can send you the link if you email me at [email protected]
The funding has come from the Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust SC043189 who applied for the grant from SLC.

On this, the 200th anniversary of the death of Strathaven’s James Purlie Wilson, the Trustees would like to thank everyo...
30/08/2020

On this, the 200th anniversary of the death of Strathaven’s James Purlie Wilson, the Trustees would like to thank everyone who has purchased our new booklet detailing his story. Written by one of our Trustees, the booklet is an easily read summary of the background and events leading to his hanging on Glasgow Green on 30th August 1820.
Booklets are still available priced £2 (cash) and can be collected from The Common Greenery or by emailing [email protected]
Many thanks for your support.

Www.strathavenmuseum.org

We will be commemorating James Wilson today (Saturday) 29th August (10am-2pm) in the Common Green next to the former Roy...
19/08/2020

We will be commemorating James Wilson today (Saturday) 29th August (10am-2pm) in the Common Green next to the former Royal Bank. Please come and have a (socially distanced) chat and purchase the booklet -£2 (cash please) - explaining his importance in the history of Strathaven. He was executed on the 30th August 1820.

The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust's cover photo
31/07/2020

The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust's cover photo

New publication from The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust (SC043189) The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust (SJHMT) ...
20/07/2020

New publication from The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust (SC043189)

The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust (SJHMT) is pleased to announce the publication of a Booklet to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Purlie Wilson- John Wilson, son of Strathaven. Entitled James “Purlie” Wilson - A Strathaven Weaver - Remembering 200 years ago, it gives an account of the events leading to his ex*****on and an insight into his death. Putting these events into the wider context and comparing Strathaven of 2020 with that of “Purlie” Wilson’s time, this booklet is aimed at those who want a straightforward read. Reference material is listed for those who would like to read further.

Existing and new residents to Strathaven and the Avondale area will hopefully find this glimpse of history interesting and also useful in households with children who may find themselves’ seeking information for school activities.
The original plan was for this Booklet to be prepared and produced to support and coincide with the SJHMT 2020 Summer Exhibition which was to include a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the death of Purlie Wilson. Disappointingly, with all arrangements in place, the exhibition had to be postponed due to the Covid 19 emergency.

Copies are £2.00 each. We hope that many will purchase a copy and also encourage others interested to do so.
If you would like a copy (or two) they are available from The Common Greenery, 7 Townhead Street, Strathaven. Their opening times are:-

Tuesday & Friday - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Or they can be ordered by emailing [email protected] - Delivery within the Strathaven / Avondale area can be arranged.

The next stage in our quest to purchase the Ballgreen Hall & ex-Library complex is offering an opportunity for LOCAL GRO...
08/07/2020
Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust - asset transfer of Ballgreen Hall & ex Library Complex

The next stage in our quest to purchase the Ballgreen Hall & ex-Library complex is offering an opportunity for LOCAL GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS to complete an online survey by clicking on the following link. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JohnHastieGroupSurvey

(Please note that there is a separate survey for members of the community.)

Take this survey powered by surveymonkey.com. Create your own surveys for free.

29/06/2020

OPEN MEETING - how to take part.
A new, modern community museum in Strathaven.

The Trust is calling for all LOCAL RESIDENTS and ORGANISATIONS in and around Strathaven to give their views about the project to purchase the Ballgreen Hall by Community Asset Transfer and how it could contribute to a better Strathaven and Avondale for all.
A VIRTUAL OPEN MEETING will be taking place on Monday 6th July 2020. Please feel free to join the meeting any time from 4pm. You will be sent a link to join the Zoom meeting with your registration confirmation.
Please note that, due to Zoom regulations, you must be over 16 to join this meeting.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-new-modern-community-museum-in-strathaven-open-meeting-tickets-110650970030

For further information or support, please contact:
Kate Morris at Community Enterprise at [email protected] or on 07725996943.


Local group ‘The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust’ are launching a bid for a new and permanent home in Strathaven. The Museum will showcase the town’s story, its community life and history, housing permanent and touring collections as well as offering a range of learning opportunities and events for locals and visitors. The vision is also to include space for Community Activities.
In 1916, John Hastie, a local merchant, funded in his will a museum for the people of Strathaven which over time amassed an archive of thousands of items. The building was an important feature in the town until 2011 when the Council-owned building was sold to a private developer.
Far from giving up, a group of local volunteers formed The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust, a charity which aims to keep the story of Strathaven alive and add to the collection of artefacts. The group has big ambitions to create an innovative ‘community owned’ museum, fit for the 21st Century. They have been searching for a new home to make this idea a reality and after rejecting a number of possibilities, have set their sights on the Ballgreen Hall & ex-Library Complex, Glasgow Road, Strathaven. The Hall has been empty since 2018 and could be transferred to community ownership, led by the Trust.

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The John Hastie Museum Trust wishes everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. From Santa and all our Members and friends.
The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust. Our Popup Shop in the common green will be open again this Fri & Sat. 10.00am till 4.00 pm. Come down and show your support for a new museum in Strathaven. Santa popped in today to have a look at what we have on offer.
The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust. Our Popup Shop in the common green will be open again this Fri & Sat. 10.00am till 4.00 pm. Come down and show your support for a new museum in Strathaven. Santa popped in today to have a look at what we have on offer.
The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust. Our Popup Shop in the common green will be open this week. Thu.14th Dec. 10.00am till 8.00 pm (Late Night) Fri 15th & Sat 16th, 10.00am till 4.00pm. next week :-. Thu. 21st Dec.10.00 am till 8.00pm. (Late) Fri & Sat. 10.00am till 4.00 pm. Come down and show your support for a new museum in Strathaven.
The John Hastie Museum Trust Have opened a pop up shop in the Common Green Strathaven, The old Travel Agents shop between the fruiters and Nail Bar. If you want to see a museum back in Strathaven, come on in and find out more, see our display. we will be open this week, From Thu 7th. Fri 8th. Sat 9th.10am till 4.00pm All day Sun 10th 11.30am till4.00pm. ( Reindeer Day) Next week, Thu 14th. Fri 15. Sat 16th. following week, Thu 21st. Fri 22nd. Sat 23rd.
Hello from Georgia. I just saw posts regarding the booklet Forgotten Farmsteads of Avondale... would it be possible for me to order a copy? We have Muirhead/Alston ancestry and would love to learn more. Thank you!