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The art of Making Rope

Everyone who works with museum collections has an area of interest that they’re particularly geeky about, and for our Assistant Curator, it’s rope made of natural materials. You can imagine her delight when she discovered that one of our archaeological finds from Auchindrain i
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Traveller's Ingenuity

International Museums Day is a chance to celebrate the fantastic museums and galleries across Scotland, sharing memories about what people love and miss the most within the collections. To celebrate this day, how we thought we’d share one of our most recent acquisitions with you; a Gypsy Tr
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Archeological Find at Eddie's Garden

  We admit it, this pi
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Local Community History: Scarlet Fever

We maybe think of this period of self-isolation and schools being shut as something no one has had to cope with before. Yet we know from the Log Books of Furnace School, where the children of Auchindrain were educated, that this is actually nothing new. We read
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Make your own patterned plate

Have you seen the lovely bits of spongeware pottery we found on site? You can look at the pictures and read more about them here.Here is an easy way to make your own patterned plate at home. Make sure you read the suggestions at the end too, to give you
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Auchindrain People: Margaret Stewart

Born in April almost 220 years ago was Margaret Stewart, possibly Auchindrain’s longest living resident. Born in 1801, she had already lived a long life before coming here, having married in 1820 and become a widow in 1836. Margaret seems to have outlived not only her husband but also a lo
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Auchindrain People: The Munro Family

During the 1923 season, the shinty team from Furnace achieved a feat which had never been done before and has only recently been equalled – they won the Camanachd league without losing a goal in any round. Of the 12 players, three were from Auchindrain and these were Duncan Munro, Neil MacC
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Spongeware Pottery

One of the most common archaeological finds here at Auchindrain is spongewear, a type of pottery this is often Scottish in origin and usually dates from between 1835 to 1935. Ranging from plates to bowls to cups, this type of pottery is characterised by its plain background decorated with one or
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Gaelic in Auchindrain

In 2012, part of a much-thumbed Gaelic Bible was found in Eddie’s House at Auchindrain, tucked into a gap in the wall above the kitchen sink along with some sheets of newspaper from 1937. Maybe not the obvious thing to use to stop a draught, but out of respect for Holy Scripture the book co
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The Industrial Past of Auchindrain

This is a fantastic story that pushes our understanding of industrial Auchindrain back into the mid 18th century. In 1745, young Duncan Munro from Auchindrain joined the Argyll Militia commanded by the Duke of Argyll, and fought for the Hanoverian side. He distinguished himself
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