From the humblest beginning in poverty, he became one of the best known public figures of his time. He was a Member of Parliament, founder of a major political party and an advocate of votes for women and other causes. But, for all his achievements, he died a disappointed and broken man.
It is appropriate that we have this exhibition in Cumnock, for it was here that Hardie had his family home for the last 25 years of his life. Using many of his personal belongings and related material drawn from the Lochnorris Collection, our exhibition looks at the man, his political philosophy, his family life and his legacy.
Look out for our Heritage Lottery Funded project The Words of Keir Hardie which will be part of the exhibition from September - December and check out our on-line exhibition!