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The Baird Re-Opens

The Baird has been brought up to the same high standard as other East Ayrshire Venues such as the Dick in Kilmarnock and Burns House Museum in Mauchline. A formal launch takes place on 25th July from 12 until 4pm with refreshments and a free Baird Bug for primary aged children visiting.

The new Cumnock Room features permanent displays on Cumnock Pottery, Mining and the Covenanting movement. New cases and lighting allow more objects from the collections to be displayed.

The ‘Keir Hardie Room’ has been updated and redisplayed, but still features many original objects from the home of James Keir Hardie, the innovative and influential politician who made his home in Cumnock.

The Arts and Museums Team are proud to announce that as a result of the refurbishment works they have secured on loan for three months, the iconic and nationally important Peden’s mask. This is the mask worn by the covenanting preacher Alexander Peden, to hide his identity, and comes to Cumnock by kind permission of National Museums Scotland.

The building also features a Learning Centre, enhanced disabled access and new toilets.

The launch exhibition ‘Your Museums, Your Collections’ 25th July – 5th September, in the brand-new gallery, features fine art and objects from the Baird collections and beyond and gives a taste of exhibitions to come.

Also look out for ‘Snozzcumbers and Frobscottle: The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’, 24th Sept – 12th December. Using fabulous original artwork, spectacular visuals and lots of family-friendly interactives, this exhibition invites visitors to step into the weird and wonderful world of author Roald Dahl and illustrator Quentin Blake. The exhibition is split between the Doon Valley Museum and the Baird Institute, Cumnock.