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Angels, Myths & Fables

Angels, Myths & Fables

Dean Castle

09 May 2016

From 9th May - Dean Castle, Kilmarnock

Using Dean Castle's internationally renowned collections of early musical instruments, arms & armour and tapestries, this new exhibition looks at a time when art in Europe reflected a range of religious images, as well as folklore and mythological creatures.

During the period known as the renaissance, Europe turned its back on the darkness and superstition of the middle-ages whilst recapturing the thought and vision of ancient Greek and Roman civilisation. The art of the Renaissance explored an unseen world of unearthly beings beyond our day-to-day existence and many of the objects on show here feature angels, strange plants and other mysterious creatures.

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Keir Hardie - 100 years on

Keir Hardie - 100 years on

The Baird Institute, Cumnock

28 May 2015

The political pioneer Keir Hardie died a hundred years ago in September 1915 but his legend endures.

Date Occurs 28/05/2015 - 19/12/2015

Time Thurs - Sat 11am - 5pm

Admission FREE

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Abram Games - Maximum Meaning Minimum Means

Abram Games - Maximum Meaning Minimum Means

The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock

16 May 2015

We are delighted to feature the work of Abram Games, one of the pivotal graphic designers of the 20th century.

Date Occurs 16/05/2015 - 05/09/2015

Time Tues - Sat 11am - 5pm

Admission FREE

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Treasured Collections

Treasured Collections

The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock

16 May 2015

East Ayrshire Council’s paintings collection includes artworks which date from as early as the 17th century and includes examples from each of the following historical periods from then up until the present day.

Date Occurs 16/05/2015 - 05/09/2015

Time Tues - Sat 11am - 5pm

Admission FREE

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Waterloo 200 - Charles Ewart and Kilmarnock's Eagle

Waterloo 200 - Charles Ewart and Kilmarnock's Eagle

Dean Castle, Kilmarnock

09 May 2015

On the 18th June 1815 the Battle of Waterloo took place in Belgium, and saw the end of the Emperor Napoleon's attempts to rule Europe.

Date Occurs 09/05/2015 - 30/09/2015

Time 11-5pm

Admission FREE

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When We Are Young

When We Are Young

Baird Institute, Cumnock

15 Jan 2015

When We Are Young is an exhibition of play and recreation for children and adults, celebrating how we have played in the past. Toys, games, amusements, posters, records and lots of other fun things will be on display. Supported by Museums Galleries Scotland, the exhibition offers space for community-curated displays, where local people will tell the story of how they played in the past. Toys, games and music will give visitors the chance for some hands-on fun! This is a family friendly exhibition, suitable for all ages.

Linked to the exhibition is a digitisation project, which allows us to make our Toy collections more accessible online via our on-line exhibition. Look out for workshops and events throughout the year.



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New Acquisition - A Silver-gilt statuette of the 13th Earl of Eglinton and his horse in their full Tournament armour.

New Acquisition - A Silver-gilt statuette of the 13th Earl of Eglinton and his horse in their full Tournament armour.

The Dick Institute

27 Aug 2014


In July 2014 East Ayrshire Leisure Trust, on behalf of East Ayrshire Council, acquired one of the most important remaining artefacts relating to the Eglinton Tournament of 1839 - a silver-gilt statuette of the 13th Earl of Eglinton and his horse in their full Tournament armour.

The statue, and a selection of watercolours and shields, will be on public display at the Dick Institute (South Museum) from Thursday 28th August (Tue – Sat 11am – 5pm) to commemorate the 175th Anniversary of the Eglinton Tournament.

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1914-1918 - the Ayrshire Experience

1914-1918 - the Ayrshire Experience

Baird Institute, Cumnock

09 May 2014

100 years ago, in August 1914, the conflict that became known as the Great War began. It drew in nation after nation until it became truly a World War, affecting the lives of millions. This important anniversary will be marked nationwide.

Our exhibition concentrates on the experiences of men and women of Ayrshire who served in the armed forces or who worked on the land, in factories, or in hospitals. The ways in which the war and its fallen were commemorated in the years afterwards will also be featured. Each section will be illustrated by contemporary objects and images.

Linked to the exhibition is a digitisation project, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, which will allow us to work with young people to make our World War One collections more accessible online. Look out for workshops and events throughout the year.

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Gold • Silver • Bronze

Dumfries Museum

24 Oct 2013

8 February 2014 - January 2015

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.

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