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2018 AGM



The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust Ltd

will be held in The Granary Building,

Town Mill, Stonehouse Road, Strathaven

on Monday 20th August 2018

at 7.30pm

The Directors would like to extend a welcome to anyone who wishes to hear about the work and progress of the Trust to come along and join them, as well as Members and Friends.



Summer exhibition 2018 – now closed

Our Summer 2018 exhibition – Educating Avondale – is now closed.

This has been another successful event by The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust Ltd. The Directors, Members and Friends would like to extend their thanks to everyone who volunteered, visited, contributed or assisted in any way throughout the exhibition which ran from June until August.

Visitor numbers were high this year. This was due in no small part to the number of school children who visited in the two weeks prior to the end of term.

Attached are a few photographs of the some of the visitors who attended the exhibition – as well as photographs of some of the items on display.










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SUMMER EXHIBITION 2018 Educating Avondale

Have you visited our exhibition this year?


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We are now open every weekend until Sunday 12th August.

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Saturdays 10am until 4pm

Sundays 2pm until 5pm

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  • Find your family in our admission record books from 1905 for Strathaven Academy.


  • Find your photograph in our collection of photos from all the local primaries – past and present.


  • Read about the history of education in Avondale in the information provided by all the local schools.


  • Find out about the work of the Trust as we strive to find our own home for the museum.


  • Speak to our volunteers about how you could help in the future.




Poster museum needs you

The Strathaven John Hastie Museum are currently looking for volunteers to assist in the running of our summer exhibition – Education in Avondale.

Volunteers would be required to be at the exhibition in The Granary Building, Town Mill, Stonehouse Road for either

10am – 1pm or 1 – 4pm (Mon – Sat) or 2 – 5pm(Sun).

A Trust member or director would always be there to assist and your task would simply be to welcome visitors and direct them to the exhibition materials taking a note of any information/request they wish to be passed to the Directors.

The exhibition runs every day from now until 24th June then weekends only until 12th August. You can contact us via email johnhastie2017@gmail.com,

by telephoning 07711 701346

or via our website www.strathavenmuseum.org

OPENING EVENING – Friday 8th June 2018

Our 2018 exhibition was formally opened by The Trust’s chairman, Gordon McAllan and the Rev William Stewart. Entertainment was provided by Strathaven Academy 6th year pupils -and classical guitarists – Lewis Sloan and Fraser Newton who entertained us throughout the evening and local lady, Rhona MacLeod, who sang some playground ditties.


The event was attended by Members and Friends of the Trust as well as invited guests from local organisations who had contributed materials and others who support the work of the Trust.

A great time was had by all reading through old school records, checking school photos for friends from their own school days and examining the materials and memorabilia on display. Each of the local primaries, the Academy and other organisations contributed information which is displayed around the room.

A great deal of work has been carried out over the past week – making the area spick and span, deciding the layout and what to include and then displaying the items.

All photographs supplied by Bob Wellcoat

Education in Avondale – our 2018 exhibition

We are well under way with the prepartions for next week’s exhibition. We have now gathered a wealth of information on the education of young people throughout Strathaven and the surrounding areas. This includes schools, churches and other organisations.

On display will be information supplied by many organsiations as well as information co-ordinated by members of the Trust – plus various items of memorabilia including photographs, Echoes articles, old textbooks and pupil sheets etc.

Our official opening event will be on Friday 8th June in The Granary Building at the Town Mill for invited guests and Trust members. Thereafter, the exhibition will then be open to the public every day from Gala afternoon until Sunday 24th June. Opening times are as shown below. The Trust hopes that the exhibition will then be open at weekends until Sunday 12th August.

We are always looking for anyone who would be willing to come and along and lend a hand showing visitors around our exhibition. This year, we have had huge interest shown by the local schools and would be delighted if anyone would be willing to help during these times. If you would be available to offer us your help, please email johnhastie2017@gmail.com.


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Progress on summer exhibition planning

It has been a busy time for The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust over the last 10 days.

Firstly, there was a very successful Collection Day on Saturday  21st April where a number of locals brought a great selection of memorobilia which will be on display during the exhibition.

On the same day, Sainsburys very kindly allowed us a small area in the foyer to display some of our roll up banners from last year’s exhibition whilst members of our Trust informed shoppers of our progress towards owning our own museum space as well as gathering signatures for our petition ‘Strathaven deserves its own Museum’.. Members of the Trust were also able to make shoppers aware of our next exhibition ‘EDUCATING AVONDALE’.

Last week, a meeting was held to discuss the information, photographs and memorobillia received from our local schools, churches and other organisations. Plans were made for the new information to be displayed during this year’s exhibition.


Last night, we held our normal monthly meeting and heard about further progress in our journey towards owning our own museum building as well as an update on the forth-coming exhibition.


Keep a look out on Facebook for more information in the run up to our summer exhibition EDUCATING AVONDALE.