Exhibitions and Events

Our full programme of exhibitions and events can be downloaded from the Dumfries and Galloway Council website.

2014 Exhibitions and Events

Until January 2015

Gold Silver Bronze

Inspired by the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow the 2014 foyer exhibition features three items that have a local symbolic importance – one made from gold, one with silver and one made from bronze. All three objects illustrate the governance of Dumfriesshire and have intriguing stories.
Gold snuff box, George III
The citizens of Dumfries presented this delicate box to John Maitland of Eccles in 1811.
Silver and ebony gavel, 1914
Hugh Gladstone, the councillor for Penpont parish, presented this to the County Council when their new headquarters in English Street, Dumfries, were opened.
Bronze “hangman’s ladle”, 1700s
In addition to receiving a salary and free rent, the town’s executioner was allowed to use this ladle to help himself from each open sack of produce at the town market. The ladle is on loan courtesy of the Trustees of the National Museums Scotland.

Saturday 6th of September – Saturday 29th of November


Replenished with debris twice a day the strandline marks the turning point of the last high tide and
provides endless material for the curious beachcomber. It is here that the sea deposits seaweeds and creatures torn up from below the waves as well as debris washed down from rivers. Find out more about what you might find on the Solway seashore.

Sunday 9 November, 2.30pm
War and Peace: The Gift of Hindsight
The Feral Choir

Songs, stories, prose and poems. Looking back through a modern lens this performance will explore local connections to World War One – based on the museum’s stories, memories and artefacts – as well as the legacy of the conscientious objectors in laying foundations for our modern peace process.

Over the past 10 years The Feral Choir have steadily built their reputation for intimate, absorbing performances combining carefully researched text, spoken word and songs and this performance promises to make a unique contribution to the reminiscence around World War One.

Tickets £8 (including light refreshments) from Dumfries Museum (telephone: 01387 253374).

2015 Exhibitions and Events

Thursday 5 March, 7pm
Captain John Laskey (c1750-1829), soldier and antiquarian

Talk by Geoff Hancock, Honorary Curator of Entomology at the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow
In 1813 a guide to the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, was written by Captain John Laskey, of the Kirkcudbright and Galloway 21st Militia. This talk traces the story of Laskey from his Devon roots, through his interests in natural history and antiquities, to becoming a career soldier based in Scotland during the Napoleonic wars. As a collector, familiar with the major museums and books of this period of The Enlightenment, Laskey published work on a wide variety of fascinating subjects.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Booking is required. Please phone Dumfries Museum one month before the event on 01387 253374 to reserve a place.

Saturday 21 March – Saturday 20 June 2015

Next of Kin

1914 brought war to Scotland on what would prove to be an unprecedented scale. This exhibition reveals the profound personal stories of the separation and loss experienced by Scottish families and by communities with loved ones fighting abroad.
The First World War separated millions of people worldwide from their families and homes. The impact of the conflict was felt by communities in every part of Scotland as family members fought across the fronts and news of losses were received.
For the servicemen and women who experienced the conflict first-hand, keeping objects was a way of remembering this extraordinary period in their lives. Families coped with the loss of their loved ones by collecting and cherishing these souvenirs along with postcards, letters and photographs sent home and official presentations such as service medals and memorial plaques.

Through a selection of these family keepsakes, this exhibition presents a portrait of Scotland at war, where the private lives of Scottish families introduce some of the themes and events of the conflict across the fighting fronts.

Next of Kin is a touring exhibition created by National Museums Scotland in partnership with eight regional museums throughout Scotland including Dumfries Museum.

(date to be confirmed)
Stargazing LIVE March 2015

A joint event with Dumfries Astronomy Society to celebrate the BBC’s Stargazing LIVE project and live television programmes – a nationwide campaign to get people exploring and learning about the sky above them. Stargazing Live 2015 will take place around the solar eclipse in March 2015. Lots of interactive activities will be available at the museum. Suitable for all ages.
No booking required.

Please see the Dumfries Astronomy Society website in January for more information.

Tuesday 3 February 2015 – January 2016

Waterloo Remembered

Why is there a monument to the Battle of Waterloo perched on a hill overlooking the Solway coast?

200 years ago at the Battle of Waterloo a French army under the command of Napoleon was defeated by the armies of the Seventh Coalition, an Anglo-allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington combined with a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard von Blücher. This exhibition explores how local families became involved in the Napoleonic wars.