Lights, Camera, Action!

We were delighted to welcome Doug, Julianne, David and Quonya to the museum. They were making a video for Dig It TV as part of a larger programme about the Museums and Heritage of Argyll and Bute, As well as a general video of the museum, there will be 3 stand-alone videos about the Hostage […]

Enjoy jazz while supporting the Museum and RNLI

What could be better than helping two great charities while enjoying an evening of jazz from Les Gitanes? ‘Jazz at the Museum’ is on Wednesday 22nd of November at Bute Museum. As well as an evening of music, you can enjoy a glass of wine while browsing around the museum in the interval. Tickets are […]

Learning about Rothesay Castle is fun

The museum was invaded by nearly 50 children from P 5 and P5/4 of Rothesay Primary on Wednesday morning. As there were so many children in at the one time, a bit of careful organisation was required. A combination of careful planning by the museum staff and wonderful behaviour by the children meant that everyone […]

Young Visitors enjoy Old Toys

P1 and P2/1 from Rothesay Primary paid us a visit at the museum this week. They were very enthusiastic about their first visit to the museum with the school. They were hunting for frogs, looking at the old toys in the cases and enjoying playing with the old toys laid out for them in the museum library. The […]

Bute Noir Book meets Museum Artefact No.17

No. 17 (and final one) in the series – ‘Murderabilia’ by Craig Robertson meets some Rothesay souvenirs. Everyone has a hobby – some people collect death while the more sensible prefer a nice cow butter dish which is a present from Rothesay! Craig’s novel ‘Murderabilia’ was longlisted for this year’s Crime Novel of the Year. […]

Bute Noir Book meets Museum Artefact No.16

No.16 in the series – ‘From the cradle’ by Louise Voss & Mark Edwards meets a Mauchline Ware souvenir cradle. Mauchline Ware was produced in Ayrshire for over a hundred years from the early 1800s onwards. They were very popular souvenirs in Britain and even overseas. The museum has a large collection of unusual Rothesay […]

Bute Noir Book meets Museum Artefact No.15

No.15 in the series – ‘The Beauty of Murder’ by AK Benedict meets a powder compact frae Rothesay. No self-respecting beauty would go out without a compact of loose powder in her handbag and a souvenir compact frae Rothesay would be just the thing to remind you of your holiday doon the water. ‘The Beauty […]

Bute Noir Book meets Museum Artefact No.14

No.14 in the series – ‘The Dead Beat’ by Doug Johnstone meets two constable’s batons from the ‘Trades and Professions’ case. One is from the Bute Constabulary and the other, with the town crest, is from the Rothesay Police force. ‘The Dead Beat’ is one of 8 novels by Doug Johnstone who will be appearing […]

Bute Noir Book Meets Museum Artefact No.13

No.13 in the series – Black Wood by SJI Holliday meets some black wood on the Museum Touch Table. Museums are about finding out  what is around us and the Touch Table in the Natural History Gallery gives visitors a chance to see, touch and identify objects that they may come across on the shores […]

Bute Noir Book meets Museum Artefact No.12

‘Deep Down Dead’ by Steph Broadribb meets a Deep Down Diving midget submarine. HMS Varbel (The Kyles Hydro at Port Bannatyne) was the operational base for midget submarine training during WWII. The Museum has a collection of items from the X crafts, including the bell from HMS Varbel. ‘Deep Down Dead’ is the debut novel […]