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 […]

Bute Noir Book meets Museum Artefact No.11

No.11 in the series – ‘The Killing Season’ by Mason Cross meets some rather nervous game birds in the Natural History Gallery. The birds in this case are set against a beautiful woodland background painted by local artist Charles Murray. ‘The Killing Season’ is the first of four books in the Carter Blake thriller series […]

Bute Noir Book meets Museum Artefact No. 10

No. 10 in the series – ‘Driftnet’ by Lin Anderson meets tarry rope, floats and a net-mending tool from the Fishing Case. Rothesay was a busy fishing port at one time, especially in the herring season. Lin Anderson is the creator of the popular  series about forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod.   She will be appearing […]

Bute Noir Book meets Museum Artefact No.9

No. 9 in the series – ‘The Cross’ by Steve Cavanagh meets the Inchmarnock Cross. This massive cruciform stone is one of a collection of Early Medieval carved stones from the chapel site on Inchmarnock. ‘The Cross’ by Steve Cavanagh is a novella featuring criminal attorney Eddie Flynn, who is also the central character in three novels, […]

Bute Noir Book meets Museum Artefact No. 8

No. 8 in the series – ‘Bitter Moon’ by Alexandra Sokoloff meets a cachet machine and box of wafer papers. Victorian pharmacists used a machine like this one to make a cachet (rather like a sherbet flying saucer) to make bitter medicine easier to swallow. ‘Bitter Moon’ is the 4th book in the wonderful Huntress […]

Bute Noir Book meets Museum Artefact No.7

No.7 in the series – ‘The Healer’ by Antti Toumainen meets Dr Penney’s medical bag and some medicine bottles. Dr Penney did his healing in Rothesay about 100 years ago. ‘The Healer’ is one of 6 novels written by Finnish author Antti Toumainen who has been called ‘The King of Helsinki Noir ‘ by the […]

Bute Noir Book meets Museum Artefact No.6

No.6 in the series – ‘Dark Water’ by Caro Ramsay meets some puzzled ducks. The displays in the Natural History section of the Museum show the birds and animals of Bute set in the surroundings you might find them in. These ducks like the water but have never noticed this book before. ‘Dark Water’ is […]

Bute Noir Book meets Museum Artefact No. 5

No. 5 in the 2017 series – ‘Blood Stream’ by Luca Veste meets a fleam. There would certainly be a good stream of blood if this was put to use. A fleam was used by doctors and vets to let blood, this example is from the farming display.  ‘Blood Stream’ is one of four nail-biting novels […]

Bute Noir Boook meets Bute Museum Artefact No. 4

No. 4 in the 2017 series – ‘The Field of Blood’ by Denise Mina meets a death plaque, medals and barbed wire from the fields of blood of World War I. The ‘death penny’ and medals were awarded posthumously to William Perston who worked at the Buteman offices in Rothesay before leaving home and family […]