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auld kirk museum collection

The Auld Kirk's collection reflects the rich history of the local area. From Roman artifacts to innovations of the 20th century, around 13,000 objects reveal the social, industrial and everyday activities of people who lived or worked in East Dunbartonshire.

Objects in our care range from the commonplace, such as a postcard of Kirkintilloch railway station, to the unexpected, for example, our Japanese Whisky bottle. We also have some very special items, among them a Neolithic carved stone ball from around 3,000 BC, found in a garden in Lenzie.

Some highlights of the collection include:

In addition to displaying objects in the Auld Kirk Museum, museum objects are temporarily displayed in community libraries (William Patrick Library, Bishopbriggs Library, Milngavie Library, Lennoxtown Library) and the Lillie Art Gallery

Our collection of oil paintings can now be viewed online at Your Paintings, a website which aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them for real. It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the country. Your Paintings is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation (a registered charity) and participating collections and museums from across the UK.

Unfortunately it is impossible for all of our objects to be on display at any one time so the majority of the collection is kept in storage. From time to time, objects are removed for display purposes or for conservation work. If an object is not on display, it can be made available for private research and education by prior arrangement in writing.

By caring for and developing the collection, we will ensure that objects continue to be relevant, and are preserved for your future generations.

Further information is available from the Museums Development Officer.
BBC Your PaintingsPublic Catalogue Foundation