Johnstone History Museum
Johnstone History Society • Scotland

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The Museum is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 1030am till 4pm.

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Alexander Fitzharris (31 May)


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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Rees Clark 02-Feb-2024
We've made it easier to donate to the museum. Both financial and volunteer support are very much appreciated. Just follow the helping hand. Or click LINK at the end of this post.
Tom Stout 13-Oct-2023
Tom Stout 1946-2019. Tom was an industrial arts teacher in California. His maternal grandparents left Johnstone for the USA in 1882 with their two daughters. In 2013 he visited the Museum and later...
Administrator 08-Sep-2023
We've made a few style changes and added a video page that is still under development. Member feedback is appreciated. If you're not yet a member, this would be a good time to join.
Fiona Speirs 07-Feb-2022

Research Preview

The Use of the Birch in Johnstone
By Douglas Gillespie
Johnstone Man Killed In Vietnam War 1968
By Angela Gillespie

Coming Events

17-Jul-2024 - Summer Schedule
24-Jul-2024 - Summer Schedule
31-Jul-2024 - Summer Schedule

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The Kelly family
Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming Mary & Dick Kelly to the museum. Mary’s great-great grandparents Robert and Margaret Cumnock had lived and worked in Johnstone at one of the cotton mills before emigrating to America. The 1841 Census shows Robert as a cotton spinner with an address listed as Hagg in Johnstone. The family arrived in Boston in July... Continues...
Morrisons Lifts getting repaired
Great news for the Museum is that a work team has arrived to repair the two lifts at the bridge end of the store. According to the new Manager they should be in operation by early September.

After about eighteen months it will be great to get them back in operstion.
The Origins of Johnstone High School. By Sandy Morton
Johnstone was one of Scotland’s quickest growing towns in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. The town, of course, was planned by George Houston, Esq, the local laird, and the first houses were built in 1782. Johnstone prospered and, eleven years later in 1793, it was described as “a neat and regularly built village.”

The town... Continues...
Public Park football team from 1954
The following photograph of the public park football team from 1954 was uploaded to the Johnstone history Facebook page and is surely worth reposting here.
The Crawford Family
  The following article was published by Eddie McRorie on 19th August 2023 on the Johnstone History Facebook page and is reproduced here with his kind permission. David Crawford was a farmers son from Sproulston Farm in Howwood and attended school in Lochwinnoch. He spent his early years working on the farm until the family... Continues...
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