Thursday, 24 May 2018

Ayrshire-land and sea

Dalgarven mill owner with the collection donated by Glasgow Museums

On an unbelievably beautiful day, some Friends travelled to Ayrshire. First stop was Dalgarven Mill, a Museum of Country Life and Costume. We were welcomed by owner Mr Fergusson who told us of the history of the mill and showed us the costumes, which had been donated. Of particular interest were Chinese vestments and also a donation of adult and baby clothes from Glasgow Museums.

Then we drove a short distance to the Scottish Maritime Museum at Irvine .In an enormous shed, were ships’ engines, boilers and even a full size lifeboat! In the yard out side is a Clyde Puffer. After lunch, we were taken inside a tenement house of the 1920s and then we walked along the pretty sea front to the MV Kyle , the oldest Clyde built vessel still afloat. We boarded her and saw the crew’s quarters.

The Maritime Museum
The success of the day was due to the friendliness and knowledge of all the guides and to the meticulous planning of Margaret Anderson.  Thanks to all.