Johnstone History Museum
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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
New Exhibition at the Museum
Thanks to John Butler, who built our Model Coal Mine, we now have a brand new exhibition of many of his fantastically detailed models which have won him many awards in National Model Competitions.
Johnstone History Society February Talk
We had a great talk from Alastair Dinsmor about the start of the Police Force in Glasgow. The First In Britain. Alastair helps run the Glasgow Police Museum which is well worth a visit see LINK

Glasgow Police Museum

Our New YouTube Video Posts
Thanks to the efforts of Rees Clark, our brilliant Web sponsor, we can now post little videos on our site. Our first adventure is to show you the newly painted Museum and new displays. More to come once we find our feet.

Our New Coal Mine arrives
Thanks to John Butler, we now have our own Johnstone Coal Mine model. It now takes pride of place in one of our display cabinets.

The model is on a glass shelf of a three story display cabinet. We have challanged John to add to his coalhead mine display by adding a mine shaft or two, that can then been shown descending down to the level of the next shelf. We will then need some little miners, pit ponies to go with some pieces of Johnstone coal. Some have suggested that, on the shelf below that, we should have some water.

Flooding was always an issue with the Johnstone mines which were contantly subject to water ingress. See the Coal Mines and Quarries section of our Gallery section.
Museum - New Displays
The redecoration of the Museum has been completed and we are now concentrating of some new displays.

We have completed the Textile wall and have now started on a "History of Johnstone Display". It will include a Map of the area in the 1650's showing the features of interest to Johnstone and its connection with the Houstoun Family. The planning of the town in 1782 by George Houstoun and the importance of coal to the prosperity of the Town. The next new board is concentrating on Transport with features of the coming and going of the Canal, the Railways arriving and the Electric Tram System that used to go all the way from Glasgow, through Johnstone to Kilbarchan.

Oh! Not to forget our NEW Johnstone Burgh football team stand-alone display.

Do come in and see how we are getting on.
Museum Makeover
Morrisons supermarket is having a big makeover at the moment and they have offered to repaint the Museum at the same time.

This is all scheduled to take place overnight on Monday 30th July. So, its all hands to the pump over the next few day to cover everything and move furniture about so that they painters can get clear access to the walls and the ceiling.

Hopefully, we can get it all back in order before our normal Wednesday opening time.
Museum New Displays
We have been busy at the Museum updating our displays. Thanks to the wee Monday Archive Team, the entire Textile Wall Display has been changed with particular reference to themes of The Mills, The Mill owners, Paton's People etc etc. In addition a new Ancient Bottle Display has been put on in one of our cabinets. All well worth a look.
Johnstone Grand Industrial Exibition 1853
The Great Industrial Exhibition, organised by the Johnstone Mechanics' Institiution took place in 1853 in a building behind McDowall Street in Johnstone. It showcased over a thousand items in four classes, Machinery; Manufactured Goods; The Fine Arts and Curiosities. This article, published in Jan 15 1853, was written by the Paisley correspondent of the "Glasgow Citizen".

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