Johnstone History Museum
Johnstone History Society • Scotland
JHM Web Log
Miscellany
Museum Enters the 21st Century. We go Cardless.
In November 2013 two gentlemen from the USA came in to the Museum and had a look round. They announced that their ancestors back in the 1920s had lived in house that was number 2 Houston Square in the centre of the Town.

We found a photograph of Houstoun Square on the outside cover of a book we had for sale, and lo and behold, there was number 2 that had long since been demolished. They were delighted with their find and wished to purchase the book.

But there was a catch. They didn't have any British currency but had credit cards. They asked if we had a Card Machine and the answer was "unfortunately no".

That was nearly 10 years ago. The Covid outbreak has resulted in very few of our visitors carrying cash these days. This notification is to announce that we have now entered the 21st Century and the Museum is now equipped with a Card Machine. We are only 10 years late. But better late than never.
Museum update
We are delighted to announce that Morrisons have reopened the Automatic Entrance at the Bridge end of the store. We have seen an immediate increase in the footfall to the Museum. The volunteers really appreciate seeing visitors return.
Our 2022 Calendar
Thanks to all those who purchased one of our Calendars this time round. We have now SOLD OUT. It's always a balancing act to know how many to purchase each year. We don't produce it to make a profit but neither do we wish to see the Museum lose money. We broke even about a week ago and a last minute sales effort on New Years Eve saw our last one sold. Here's wishing you all a Very Happy New Year for 2022. If you missed out this time round order early for next Christmas.
Johnstone Band - Black Cart Water
Johnstone Band had a piece of music specially commissioned to perform at the recent Kapitol Cory Online Brass Band Championships. The piece, Black Cart Water by Nicholas Olsen, celebrates Johnstone’s industrial past with the thread and cotton mills that were powered by the Black Cart Water. We hope you enjoy our performance.

Thanks to Mark Good for his work on the video, to Ryan Bradley for the audio, to Kukscinema Scotland for drone footage and to Iain Murray of Johnstone History Museum for his assistance.

Recommendation: Expand video to full screen.


Great Drone video of Johnstone by Kukscinema Scotland
Kukscinema Scotland has produced a memorable flyover video of Johnstone. We recommend expanding the view to full screen.

View at Facebook.

Great to be open once more
It was wonderful to get back to some sense of normality when we opened our doors once again on Saturday. We even had a queue at the door. Thanks to Morrisons for opening the store entrance at the museum, we even had some passing traffic.
Visit again in person. Opening Saturday 1st May 2021

We are about to reopen as Covid restrictions have been relaxed. Wednesdays,Fridays and Saturdays 1030am till 4pm

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Welcome back to the Museum
We are delighted to tell you that we will be reopening the Museum on Saturday 1st May. The Museum volunteers are organised and will be ready to show you round or answer your questions. We are delighted to welcome back Cathy Craig who has been absent for some time. We are also delighted to welcome Gerry Kavanagh to the team. Gerry, along with our own Gail Reid runs the very successful Johnstone History Facebook page. So, we will be there to welcome you on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 1030 till 4pm. Morrisons have reopenend the Museum end access door and the Cafe will also be open. See you soon.
Website Damaged in Cyber-attack
Our website was damaged in an attack on our webhost's publishing system on Sunday July 19. Restoration work is in progress.

The principal impact was in the loss of certain control features and numerous graphics. Restoration from backup files is proceeding. Positions of graphics are indicated by the admittedly unattractive temporary images.
History Museum Closure update
We are working on a plan to welcome you back to the Museum at the beginning of September. We have been reorganising the layout slightly to allow you to walk around the exibits whilst maintaining social distancing. Watch this space for further updates.
Coronavirus Shut Down
Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have been forced to close our physical Museum for the time being. Hopefully, we will be up and running sooner rather than later. In the meantime feel free to explore our virtual Museum on this site. Have a play at negotiation around all our Galleries. I will add some more items soon. Why don't you submit your own items for others to enjoy. Go to "Members" and log in to subscribe. Stay safe Iain Murray
2020 History Museum Calendar - Sold out
Thanks to everone who ordered our 2020 Calendar. We have now completely sold out. Last year we were left with quite a few. This year we decided to lower the price and limit the number we ordered.
The Linwood Line
Read about Joe Reilly's life at the Linwood Car Plant in the latest addition to our Shop Catalogue. (Joe Reilly and Dr Valerie Wright will be presenting "The Linwood Line" at the December talk of the History Society Tue December 10th
October Talk - Bridgescapes
Our members at the October meeting were treated to a fantastic talk on bridges by Bruce Keith. Were were unsure of what we were going to hear but were treated to a very informative and interesting talk on the history of bridges in Scotland from the earliest surviving stone bridge to the New Queensferry Crossing.