Johnstone History Museum
Johnstone History Society • Scotland


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

10-Oct-2023 - Johnstone HIstory Society Monthly Talk - Tues 10th October 2023
14-Nov-2023 - Johnstone HIstory Society Monthly Talk - Tues 14th November 2023
12-Dec-2023 - Johnstone HIstory Society Monthly Talk - Tues 12th December 2023
14-Jan-2024 - Johnstone HIstory Society Monthly Talk - Tues 9th January 2024
16-Jan-2024 - History Society Social Evening

From our members...

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.
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.

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

Welcome our Newest Member

Stewart Clark (13 Jan)


We have added a new feature to our web site. You will find a Videos link on the banner. Have a try! (Please note: This feature is developing rapidly and may change from day today.)

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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...
Captain Thomas Stevenson Craig M.C
By Angela Gillespie.
While searching the London Gazette I found the following entry in a Supplement dated 24 Feb. 1942, page 894 - The Military Cross awarded to Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Thomas Stevenson Craig (85709), Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps (Johnstone, Renfrewshire).

This is another Angela Gillespie Story. Click the link below.
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
Johnstone History Museum 2023 Calendar SOLD OUT
Johnstone History Museum 2023 Calendar SOLD OUT
Thanks to all who purchased our 2023 Calendar.
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...

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