The Auld Kirk's collection reflects the rich history of the local area. From Roman artefacts 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.
Exploring the Collections
A variety of objects from the collection are on permanent display at the Auld Kirk Museum, and within the Heritage Centre at Kirkintilloch Town Hall.*
In addition to this, museum objects are often temporarily displayed in community libraries (William Patrick Library, Bishopbriggs Library, Milngavie Library, Lennoxtown Library) and the Lillie Art Gallery.
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.
Watch this short video for a quick demonstration of how to use the catalogue.
Here you will find over 2500 records with information about and images of permanent collection objects. This database however is constantly being updated and added to as object records are transferred from paper to digital format to improve access so not all our objects are available to be explored here yet.
You can view over 600 oil paintings and sculpture on the ArtUK website. As part of a project started by the Public Catalogue Foundation, this website is a showcase of art from every UK public collection.
Objects are collected in several ways - by gift or donation; by purchase; by transfer from another museum; or by bequest. The museum has a collecting policy which limits our acquisitions and we only accept items for our collection which are of relevance to East Dunbartonshire and are of known provenance.
If an object is not suitable for inclusion in our museum collection, we may contact the owner and check whether they are happy for it to form part of our handling collections, an important resource used by schools and community groups for interactive learning. For further information please read the
Curious about Collections
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