Johnstone History Museum
Johnstone History Society • Scotland

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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]

Coming Events

Welcome our Newest Member

Jan Bruce (12 Nov)

From our members...

Administrator 12-Nov-2022
Calendars go fast every year, and this year they're cheap at twice the price. Act now!
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. maps.nls.uk


Fiona Speirs 07-Feb-2022
Johnstone
Iain Murray 31-Oct-2021
It's that time of year again. The 2022 Calendar is now in stock. Visit our shop for details.
 
 

 
Johnstone History Museum 2023 Calendar
Johnstone History Museum 2023 Calendar
Our 2023 calendar is now available for purchase at the Museum in Morrisons. Price at the Museum £5. Twelve A4 sized Johnstone photographs. Museum open 1030 till 4pm Wed, Fri and Sat
The Calendar is also available through this web site at the Shop
The Story of the Glasgow to Ardrossan Canal that only reached Johnstone
Ardrossan Canal and Railway By the late E.S.Nicoll, edited and contributed to Johnstone History Museum by Stuart Rankin. On October 2, 1903, the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald contained a paper on the above subject, read at Ardrossan by Clement F. Stretton of the Society of Engineers. Follow the link to the full story
Museum Reaches Major Milestone
Johnstone History Museum Celebrates its 50,000th Visitor

Johnstone History Museum, which is located within the Morrisons store in Johnstone achieved a huge milestone the other day when it welcomed its 50,000th visitor through the door.

Tassum Shafiq, from Bridge of Weir, was welcomed by two of the Museum volunteers, Helen Bowie and Marlene Rogan. At an... Continues...
Johnstone Machine Tools used in Australia
Cockatoo Island Dockyard in Sydney. Large Thomas Shanks machines. Photographs courtesy of Mori Flapan of Sydney Australia.

For more Thomas Shanks Machine Tools at Cockatoo click on link Thomas Shanks

The Cockatoo Island Dockyard was a major dockyard in Sydney, Australia, based on Cockatoo Island. The Dockyard was established in 1857to maintain Royal... Continues...
Johnstone Machine Tools reached Chile
Recently we received an enquiry from Chile about a Machine Tool made in Johnstone by Thomas Shanks & Sons. The enquiry to our web site was from a man in Chile who communicated in Spanish. Luckily our web sponsor, Rees Clark, is fluent in Spanish, so was able to communicate with our contact. More of the story to follow once Rees fills in this section of the... Continues...
Johnstone Machine Tool from Loundons reached Russia
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 had been in... 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 Good for his... Continues...
The Use of the Birch in Johnstone
11-Nov-2019
By Douglas Gillespie
Johnstone Man Killed In Vietnam War 1968
09-Feb-2018
By Angela Gillespie