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Kirklandpark Xmas Fair – Thurs 6th Dec

You can visit our stall tonight at the last of our school fairs. We will be selling our Xmas cards with photographs by four local photographers. Packs of 8 cards ( 2 each of 4 designs) will be on sale for £3. We will also have promotional mugs, coasters, keyrings etc with the ‘I love Strathaven’ logo as well as various Xmas items on sale with the youngsters in mind. All proceeds go towards supporting our petition ‘Strathaven deserves its own museum’.

Xmas Fairs 2018

Come along and visit our stall at a number of Xmas Fairs over the next couple of weeks. Thank you to everyone who came along and visited our stall at Glassford tonight – Friday 23rd November.

Our Xmas cards have been very popular. They are all by local photographers and are all views of Strathaven. This year’s photographers are Angel Smith, Fiona Mackay, Anna McCann and Bob Wellcoat.

We also have branded merchandise featuring the I love Strathaven logo – mugs, coasters, keyrings, postcards, note books etc. Great Xmas presents!

We have a game for the kids, Xmas stickers, pencils etc as well as Xmas tea-towels for only £1.50! Another great Xmas present!

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Supporting our cause



Just a reminder that you can still support the Trust by signing our petition ‘Strathaven deserves its own Museum’. These are available in a number of businesses around the town. We also have collection cans in a number of shops and thank everyone who has so far donated. We greatly appreciate your support.




We will also be attending a number of school Xmas fayres during November and December where you can sign our petition, donate what you can in our collection cans and you can also purchase our promotional items – which make great Xmas presents!! We hope to see you at the following schools:

Glassford Primary on Friday 23rd November

Wester Overton on Thursday 29th November

St Pats on Saturday 1st December

Kirkland Park on Thursday 6th December



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