Johnstone History Museum
Johnstone History Society • Scotland
Our wee Calendar sales desk at the Cafe area

Visit again in person!

The Museum is closed at the moment. But thanks to Morrisons, we have set up a wee Table at the Cafe area where you can still purchase your Calendars. Alternatively, you can always purchase one on line.


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

Calum Findlay (23 Oct)

From our members...

Iain Murray 13-Nov-2020
Our Johnstone 2021 Calendar is selling well. Thanks for all those that have bought them so far. Your's is waiting for you.
Rees Clark 23-Mar-2020
Report from the COVID-19 front line, with historic perspective. (Could not resist; apologies to the serious-minded.)

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 - The “Cap of Liberty” and the “Radical Rising” by Angela Gillespie
The end of the Napoleonic wars in 1815 brought economic depression and social unrest. In 1816 some 40,000 people attending a meeting in Glasgow Green to demand more representative government and an end to the Corn Laws which kept food prices high. The Industrial Revolution had affected hand-loom weavers who saw their wages slashed. Artisan workers... Continues...
Johnstone 2021 Calendar now available
Our 2021 Calendar is now available for sale in our shop. Shipped to anywhere in the world.

The Brig O' Johnstone: a research article by Angela Gillespie
As is well known the Brig O’ Johnstone is shown on Blaeu’s map of the County of Renfrew, published in Amsterdam in 1654, the name being shown as “Ihonstoun,” this map surveyed by Timothy Pont about 1590.

Angela Gillespie has studied the events of the time. Follow the link for the exciting details.

Museum has reopened
We are delighted to announce that the Museum reopened on Wednesday 2nd September and thereafter on our usual Wed, Fri and Sat routine. A whole team have been beavering away to ensure that everything is in place to ensure your safety. A new one way system is in place around all our displays. Safety screens have been installed at the desks and a... Continues...

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