Exhibitions

From prehistoric times to the present day, artefacts, documents and photographs illustrate the history of Dollar. A brief description of some of what may be seen is given below.

 

This year’s Exhibition

Dollar Museum is now open at our usual times every weekend. As well as our permanent displays on the Devon Valley Railway, the Japanese Garden at Cowden, Prehistoric Dollar, Granny’s Kitchen, etc., you may see a scary new presentation on Local Witches – be careful going too near the Devil’s Cradle in the Kelly Burn Glen or exploring Lochy Faulds, near Merlin Park.

A new feature is the Time-Line of Dollar History. This display extends round the entire exhibition area – some 25 metres – and transports you from geological times to the present day. In addition, there are displays on Floods in Dollar (Did you know that houses in East Burnside lost their fronts in 1877?), The Origin of the Place-name “Dollar” (We are often asked about this by visitors), Were the Romans in Dollar? (Well, were they? Let’s look at the evidence), the History of the Dollar Academy Gardens (Did you know that Dollar Institution had a Botanic Garden and Nursery?) and Dollar Fair in Olden Times.

You may also see a selection of objects from Dollar Museum Collection. Among the chosen items are some connected to Castle Campbell and Local Churches (particularly interesting are the Communion Tokens) in our large Display Case. And a collection of artifacts illustrating local industries, such as Bleaching, Mining (coal and copper), and Brick- and Tile-making.

Keeping the best to last, we are delighted to show you a working model of Dollar Railway Station, as it was shortly before it was closed by Dr Beeching.

Our shop will be open as usual. We will resume fund-raising events again when the Scottish Government allows events such as talks, book sales and Strawberry Teas.

Opening Times: Normal weekend visiting times – Saturdays 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm; Sundays 2pm to 4.30pm. No appointments necessary. To arrange a visit outside public opening hours, please contact dollarmuseum@btconnect.com

Covid restrictions

Unfortunately, we cannot put out extra material or allow children to play with the Dolls House or Victorian Toys, or dress up, until covid restrictions are totally eased. The Reading Room will be closed during public opening hours, but you may make an appointment to do research at another time by emailing the Hon. Curator at dollarmuseum@btconnect.com

The change to 1-metre distancing rule allows us to have up to 15 visitors at a time in the Museum, along with our two volunteers on duty.

Covid Arrangements

Prehistoric

Local finds from Bronze Age burials on loan from the National Museums of Scotland give an insight into early inhabitants of the Hillfoots. Aerial photographs and maps show where the archaeological finds were made.

The Devon Valley Railway

The railway came to Dollar in 1869. From the 1950s until closure to passengers in 1964, Peter Wilson attempted to document all aspects of the Devon Valley Railway. He took photographs of the stations from Alloa to Kinross and recorded many bridges, signals, gradient signs, etc. He also collected timetables, tickets and leaflets. We have built on his collection and some interesting donations are on display. With the help of Awards for All, a completely new exhibition was mounted in 2009 and all 750 photographs taken by Peter Wilson can be seen in a slideshow. These are also documented in a searchable database and with funding assistance from the Scottish Community Foundation and EDF Energy Renewables have now all been printed.

Castle Campbell

Later inhabitants of Dollar lived in the shadow of Castle Gloum, renamed Castle Campbell, the lowland dwelling of the Earls of Argyll.

The Castle was burnt in 1654, and the ruin was sold along with the local Campbell lands around 1800. Early travellers and artists have left evidence of how the castle and village looked at this time, and these may be seen in the museum.

Dollar Academy

The small village with a woollen mill and a bleachfield changed after local boy John McNabb left a fortune which was used to found Dollar Academy in 1818. Dollar grew as the New Town was built to accommodate teachers, boarders and the families who moved to Dollar to take advantage of the low fees paid by residents of the village. Dollar Academy has gone on to become one of the top independent schools in Scotland.

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How to find us

We are located in the village of Dollar, in Clackmannanshire, Scotland. Situated approximately 1 hour drive from Edinburgh and 45 mins from Glasgow.

Address
Dollar Museum
Castle Campbell Hall, 1 High Street
Dollar, Clackmannanshire
FK14 7AY

Entrance
FREE
Donations are welcome

Opening Times
The Museum is open from Easter to Christmas at the following times:
-Saturdays: 11am to 1pm, 2pm to 4.30pm
-Sundays: 2pm to 4.30pm
or by arrangement with the Curator (see Research page)

dollarmuseum@btconnect.com