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New at the McKechnie - The Victorian Parlour

To celebrate 120 years of the McKechnie Institute and the completion of recent extensive building works, a special event was held over Doors Open Day weekend, 4th & 5th of September. A new feature in the house was also opened to the public – the Victorian Parlour.

For the occasion the McKechnie brothers (reincarnated as McKechnie staff) took centre stage. Thomas McKechnie bequeathed funds to the town to build and equip a library, which today has evolved into the McKechnie Institute, a popular community venue displaying the McKechnie Institute collection, in conjunction with temporary exhibitions in the downstairs and upstairs galleries. The McKechnie is also the venue for many local group meetings, Councillor surgeries, art classes and much more.