What is futuremuseum?

Future Museum is a partnership between East Ayrshire Leisure Trust. East Ayrshire Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, North Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Council and the independent museums of the south-west of Scotland. Funded by the Regional Development Challenge Fund, the focus of this collaboration is to provide online access to the region’s museum and gallery collections as well as delving into the fascinating history and heritage of the area. 

We hope that the site also inspires you to come and visit our museums and galleries in person. More details can be found under our Partner Museum section.

A brief history of the region

The south-west of Scotland is defined by its geography - by the coast, the English border and the M74. The meeting point of Scots, Gaels, Angles, Vikings and Britons has led to a fascinating history and an interesting amalgamation of language, customs and place names.

The south-west has produced a number of pioneers in various fields, as well as several national heroes. Many aspects of industry and craft are represented including mining, engineering and textiles, some of which are unique to the south-west -  Ayrshire White Work; Mauchline Ware; Cumnock pottery; and Dumfries Silverware to name a few.

The south-west of Scotland is also well known for its contribution to artistic endeavour, with many influential artists having their roots in the region as well as several areas being home to artistic communities such as Kirkcudbright.

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Partner Museums

Annan Museum
A family friendly museum housing a permanent exhibition on the history of Annan and the surrounding area. A fascinating journey through time takes visitors from the prehistoric period up to the era of...
Bank Street, Annan DG12 6AA
Ayrshire Archives
Ayrshire Archives is a repository of historical records for North, South and East Ayrshire Councils. It is dedicated to preserving and providing access to a wide range of documents and materials that ...
Ayrshire Archives HQ, South Harbour Street, Ayr, KA7 1JA
Burns House, Mauchline
Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard, lived in Mauchline in what was arguably his most creative and productive period as a writer. It was at his farm in Mossgiel, close to the town, that he composed...
Burns House, Castle Street, Mauchline, KA5 5BZ
Castle Douglas Art Gallery
This venue is only currently open when booked by local artists. Visit the venue's website for more information.  Castle Douglas Art Gallery first opened in 1938 having been gifted to the town by Mrs E...
Market Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1BE
Castle of St John
The Castle of St John sits in a prominent position in the centre of Stranraer. Built in the sixteenth century this is a particularly fine example of the type of tower house built and used by Scottish ...
Charlotte Street, Stranraer, DG9 7EJ
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