Johnstone History Museum
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Great Drone video of Johnstone by Kukscinema Scotland
A local Facebook group, Kukscinema Scotland, has produced a memorable flyover video of Johnstone. Click the headline above to view within the JHS site, or follow the link to YouTube.


View the Johnstone Video at YouTube

Great to be open once more
It was wonderful to get back to some sense of normality when we opened our doors once again on Saturday. We even had a queue at the door. Thanks to Morrisons for opening the store entrance at the museum, we even had some passing traffic.
Visit again in person. Opening Saturday 1st May 2021

We are about to reopen as Covid restrictions have been relaxed. Wednesdays,Fridays and Saturdays 1030am till 4pm

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Welcome back to the Museum
We are delighted to tell you that we will be reopening the Museum on Saturday 1st May. The Museum volunteers are organised and will be ready to show you round or answer your questions. We are delighted to welcome back Cathy Craig who has been absent for some time. We are also delighted to welcome Gerry Kavanagh to the team. Gerry, along with our own Gail Reid runs the very successful Johnstone History Facebook page. So, we will be there to welcome you on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 1030 till 4pm. Morrisons have reopenend the Museum end access door and the Cafe will also be open. See you soon.
Calendar sales
Thanks to all those who bought one of our 2021 Calendars both at the Museum and on line. Sorry if you missed out. We are delighted that they have all sold, as we have covered our costs. Our margins are small and ordering more at this point in time would have resulted in us selling them at a loss. Something we didn't wish to do.
Website Damaged in Cyber-attack
Our website was damaged in an attack on our webhost's publishing system on Sunday July 19. Restoration work is in progress.

The principal impact was in the loss of certain control features and numerous graphics. Restoration from backup files is proceeding. Positions of graphics are indicated by the admittedly unattractive temporary images.
History Museum Closure update
We are working on a plan to welcome you back to the Museum at the beginning of September. We have been reorganising the layout slightly to allow you to walk around the exibits whilst maintaining social distancing. Watch this space for further updates.
Coronavirus Shut Down
Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have been forced to close our physical Museum for the time being. Hopefully, we will be up and running sooner rather than later. In the meantime feel free to explore our virtual Museum on this site. Have a play at negotiation around all our Galleries. I will add some more items soon. Why don't you submit your own items for others to enjoy. Go to "Members" and log in to subscribe. Stay safe Iain Murray
Kali (MacLaurin) Lindner's hunt for her Roots
Kali has now supplied a great photograph of the McLaurin family at Cartside House. Thought I would share.


Kali (MacLaurin) Lindner's hunt for her Roots
Kali Lindner and her family from Montana in the USA, recently visited the Museum, seeking information about her ancestors, the McLaurin family, of Smith & McLaurin fame. They also wished to find anything they could about Cartside House, the McLaurin's family home.

We were able to find information about the McLaurins who lived in the Mansion over the years. Cartside House was sited on the land across the road from the present Smith & McLairin Company Premises.

Follow the link below to read the story of the history of Cartside House.

Cartside House

2020 History Museum Calendar - Sold out
Thanks to everone who ordered our 2020 Calendar. We have now completely sold out. Last year we were left with quite a few. This year we decided to lower the price and limit the number we ordered.
The Linwood Line
Read about Joe Reilly's life at the Linwood Car Plant in the latest addition to our Shop Catalogue. (Joe Reilly and Dr Valerie Wright will be presenting "The Linwood Line" at the December talk of the History Society Tue December 10th
October Talk - Bridgescapes
Our members at the October meeting were treated to a fantastic talk on bridges by Bruce Keith. Were were unsure of what we were going to hear but were treated to a very informative and interesting talk on the history of bridges in Scotland from the earliest surviving stone bridge to the New Queensferry Crossing.
Renfrewshire Doors Open Days
As usual the Museum will be open on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September as part of Refrewshire Doors Open Day.

The theme this year is Animals and we are featuring Working Horses as part of this subject.

We can stamp your Doors Open Day passports and there will be a Childrens quiz.

We will be open from 10:30am till 4pm on both days
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