Discover the Hidden Gems of Folk Art at Dumfries Museum

On Saturday, January 28th, the Dumfries Museum invites visitors to explore the current exhibition, “Everyone and Everywhere: Folk Art in Dumfries Museum.”

Led by the Museum Curator, Judith Hewitt, the tour will delve into the Windmill Tower exhibition space, showcasing Victorian scrapbooks, toys, puppets, trades banners, snuff boxes, leadwork, paintings, costumes, and shop and street signs. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view folk art on display throughout the museum, including wooden carvings, embroidery, slipware, and more.

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The event is free and does not require advance booking.

  • Led by Museum Curator Judith Hewitt
  • Explore the Windmill Tower Exhibition Space
  • Discover Folk Art throughout the Museum
  • Free Event – No Advance Booking Required
  • Celebrating the Creativity of the Past
  • View Dumfries from the World’s Oldest Working Camera Obscura.

The exhibition celebrates the creativity of the people of the past, exploring the varied and often anonymous forms of folk art found in everyday life, such as road and shop signs, drainpipes, festivals, costumes, and even in one’s pocket or home. The tour will highlight a selection of these objects, including old shop signs, road signs, embroidery, costumes made for early Guid Nychburris pageants, scrapbooks, trades banners, puppets, paintings and more.

In addition to the folk art exhibition, the Dumfries Museum is home to the world’s oldest working Camera Obscura. Installed in 1836 when the windmill was converted into an observatory, the Camera Obscura offers a unique and fascinating panoramic view of Dumfries and the surrounding countryside.

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