Bute Noir Book 2018 Meets Museum Artefact No.9

No 9 in the series – ‘House of Spines’ by Michael J Malone meets a house of wasps. This wasps’ byke or nest in the Natural History Gallery is well worth a close look. It is a fabulous construction of chewed-up wood and is mercifully wasp-free. Michael J. Malone is making a welcome return to […]

Bute Noir Book 2018 Meets Museum Artefact No. 8

No 8 in the series – ‘His Bloody Project’ by Graeme Macrae Burnet meets a fleam. This vet’s blood-letting instrument is from the Museum’s Early farming collection and seems an appropriate match to what must be one of the messiest covers in crime fiction. ‘His Bloody Project’ won the Saltire Fiction Award and was shortlisted […]

Bute Noir Book 2018 meets Museum Artefact No. 7

No.7 in the series – ‘Death Trap’ by Anna Smith meets a mousetrap for three! The museum has an interesting display of early farming items including tools, agricultural medals and this trap for multiple rodent capture. ‘Death Trap’ is one of nine books in the Rosie Gilmour series. Rosie is a gritty Glasgow journalist who […]

Bute Noir Book 2018 meets Museum Artefact No. 6

No.6 in the series – ‘Last Rituals’ by Yrsa Sigurdardottir meets a Bronze Age food vessel. The last rituals for the Bronze Age residents of Bute would be burial with items such as this food vessel found in a cist at Little Kilmory. The Museum has a superb collection of Bronze Age artefacts, including the […]

Bute Noir Book 2018 meets Museum Artefact No.5

No. 5 in the series – ‘Murder lies waiting’ by Alanna Knight meets a souvenir plate depicting Rothesay Castle. A hundred years ago, a visitor to Bute might take home a souvenir such as this Ridgways plate. The museum has a wonderful collection of Bute souvenirs including Mauchline Ware, pottery and jewellery. Alanna Knight’s latest […]

Bute Noir Book 2018 meets Museum Artefact No.4

No.4 in the series – ‘Still Dark’ by Alex Gray meets a coastguard lantern. The Museum has a wide range of artefacts that helped bring light to the darkness. There are strike-a-lights used by Early People, a crusie lamp from Rothesay Castle, Victorian candle moulds and this lantern with its lovely fluted top. Alex Gray […]

Bute Noir Book 2018 meets Museum Artefact No.3

No.3 in the series – ‘A Rising Man’ by Abir Mukherjee meets a submarine crest. This title would have been a tricky one to match but, luckily, the museum has its own rising man. The crest of the 12th Submarine Flotilla features a diver and the Latin motto ‘Resurgam’ – I shall rise again. The […]

Bute Noir Book 2018 meets Museum Artefact No.2

No.2 in the series – ‘Hunger Moon’ by Alexandra Sokoloff meets a beggar’s badge. In the 19th century, the poor had to rely on the local parish to avoid hunger. Rothesay Parish issued beggar badges to the deserving poor such as widows of good character. This badge, issued in 1827, gave the wearer the right […]

Bute Noir 2018 Book meets Museum Artefact No.1

Bute Museum will be hosting 5 sessions of Bute Noir 2018 and the excitement is mounting already! This year we have 17 authors, so 17 museum artefacts for the curator to match to book titles. Book No.1 this year is from the pen of Chris Brookmyre. This young shelduck is of the opinion that there […]

Rock Art and Early People

A very successful training session took place in the museum for the Rock Art Bute group. This is part of Scotland’s Rock Art Project which is now live online. Members of the local group worked with Dr Tertia Barnett and Dr Stuart Jeffrey, practising how to record Bute’s many cupmarked stones in 3D. The following […]