Bute Noir 2019 book meets Museum Artefact No. 8

No. 8 in the series. ‘Killed’ by Thomas Enger meets a sword from the Museum’s reserve collection. There are two swords on display in the Museum, both found at Rothesay Castle. This sword has no known provenance so it can be carefully handled by visiting children studying the history of Bute. ‘Killed’ by Thomas Enger […]

Bute Noir 2019 book meets Museum Artefact No. 7

No. 7 in the series ‘In for the Kill’ by Ed James meets a barn owl, which certainly looks as if it is ‘in for the kill’. The owl is part of the Natural History collection, which is a good way of seeing the flora and fauna of the island up close. Ed James has […]

Bute Noir 2019 book meets Museum Artefact No. 6

No.6 in the series. ‘Cold Granite’ by Stuart McBride meets a cup-marked stone from the Museum’s archaeology collection. These enigmatic carved stones date back thousands of years and are fairly numerous on Bute, especially on the hard, grey schist at the north end of the island (which is north of the Highland Boundary Fault.) ‘Cold […]

Bute Noir 2019 book meets Museum Artefact No. 5

No. 5 in the series. ‘The Stalker’ by Alex Gray meets the wildflower display in the Natural History Gallery (plenty of stalks here). Throughout the summer months a dedicated team of volunteers maintain this display. It is a perfect way for visitors to identify the common flowers in the Bute countryside. The Stalker is the […]

Bute Noir book 2019 meets Museum Artefact No.4

No. 4 in the series. ‘The Turn of the Key’ by Ruth Ware meets a hefty padlock from the Museum history collection. This once secured a door in the tolbooth, a building which once stood in the High Street, Rothesay. ‘The Turn of the Key’ is the latest of Ruth Ware’s brilliantly plotted mysteries (due […]

Bute Noir book 2019 meets Museum Artefact No.3

No. 3 in the series ‘Song of the Dead’ by Douglas Lindsay meets a 1930s song sheet from the archives of the Museum. What could be more appropriate for a book festival than Nat Bookbinder and his Chapters? They were the band in residence for the first season of Rothesay Pavilion, which opened in 1938. […]

Bute Noir 2019 Book meets Museum Artefact No. 2

No 2 in the series. ‘Slow Horses’ by Mick Herron meets saddlers’ badges and a Pelham bit from the Museum’s Early Farming collection. The slow horses of the title are a bunch of banished spies who aren’t content to stay within the confines of Slough House. This is the first in a series of superb […]

Bute Noir book 2019 meets museum artefact No. 1

The countdown is on for Bute Noir 2019 and we are very excited. Time to start this year’s ‘Bute Noir book meets Museum Artefact’. We have  26 authors this year and seven events taking place in the Museum No. 1 in the series is from the pen of Ann Cleeves. A young black-backed gull meets […]

Bute Museum WWI joint exhibition with United Church of Bute

To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I, the museum teamed up with the United Church of Bute to put on an exhibition of artefacts, photographs and information about the war memorials. Against a magnificent backdrop of knitted poppies, many people spent hours reading through Jean McMillan’s meticulous research, which gives a […]

Bute Noir Book meets Museum Artefact No.11

No. 11 in the series: ‘Someone else’s skin’ by Sarah Hilary meets a sealskin on the Touch Table in the Natural History Gallery. The Touch Table is a great way to see and feel things that are commonly found around the island. Compare the skin of a seal to that of an otter, both are […]