Johnstone History Museum
Johnstone History Society • Scotland


Johnstone History Museum is in Johnstone, Scotland. It contains local industrial and social artefacts and memorabilia. For opening times and directions follow the Schedule and Direction buttons on this page. [Overview]

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Welcome our Newest Member

Fiona Speirs (7 Feb)

From our members...

Rees Clark 16-Apr-2022
Here'a a link to maps at Scotland Nat'l Library from Maureen Cassells via F'book. You can zoom in, move around, and change the map dates.

Fiona Speirs 07-Feb-2022
Iain Murray 31-Oct-2021
It's that time of year again. The 2022 Calendar is now in stock. Visit our shop for details.
Administrator 21-Feb-2019
We've added a Donate button to the home page. Your gift helps support this site and the museum.


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Johnstone Machine Tools reach around the World (Story 1)
Recently we have been amazed to find evidence of how Johnstone Machine Tools reached right round the world.

This first story starts when John McFarlane, a visitor to the Museum, told us about his father's uncle, Tom McFarlane, who had worked in Loudon Bros Machine Tool Company in Johnstone. He added that Tom had not only worked in Loudon's but... Continues...

Museum Enters the 21st Century. We go Cardless.
In November 2013 two gentlemen from the USA came in to the Museum and had a look round. They announced that their ancestors back in the 1920s had lived in house that was number 2 Houston Square in the centre of the Town.

We found a photograph of Houstoun Square on the outside cover of a book we had for sale, and lo and behold, there was number... Continues...

Museum update
We are delighted to announce that Morrisons have reopened the Automatic Entrance at the Bridge end of the store. We have seen an immediate increase in the footfall to the Museum. The volunteers really appreciate seeing visitors return.
Our 2022 Calendar
Thanks to all those who purchased one of our Calendars this time round. We have now SOLD OUT. It's always a balancing act to know how many to purchase each year. We don't produce it to make a profit but neither do we wish to see the Museum lose money. We broke even about a week ago and a last minute sales effort on New Years Eve saw our last one... Continues...
Johnstone Band - Black Cart Water
Johnstone Band had a piece of music specially commissioned to perform at the recent Kapitol Cory Online Brass Band Championships. The piece, Black Cart Water by Nicholas Olsen, celebrates Johnstone’s industrial past with the thread and cotton mills that were powered by the Black Cart Water. We hope you enjoy our performance.

Thanks to Mark... Continues...
History Society Talks return
We are delighted to let you know that Johnstone History Society Talks will return in October.

We will be at our usual venue of the Masonic Hall in Collier Street at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 12th October when we will have a talk from Douglas Breingan, of Renfrewshire Leisure, entitled 'Scottish Gardens - Mediaeval to Georgian' which Douglas tells me will feature some local gardens that might intrigue you! The talk starts at 7.30 so be there on time as we will have to keep covid rules at this point in time.