Slate Islands Heritage Trust

Folk Museum

Easdale Island Folk Museum

The museum was set up in 1980 by the then owner of the island, Chris Nicholson.

The Curator, Jean Adams MBE is a direct descendent of one of the quarry workers, Duncan McGreggor. It was Jean who, with the assistance of local residents and the families of past quarry workers who had maintained their associations with the island, collected, collated and arranged displays of photographs and artifacts all of which originated in the locality.

In 1981 the museum was given second place in the Museums Council, Small Museums of Scotland competition and appears in the guide, 'Scotland the Best' as being the best little museum. The museum is totally independent and relies entirely upon a modest entrance fee for its continued operation.

The museum is housed in a building which is similar to the original quarrier's cottages. Although small, it covers every aspect of life during the sixty years when the quarries were at their most productive and, in addition, seeks to record the day to day activities of the present community.

Much archive material is too fragile to be permanently on display but where possible facsimiles are on view. Some records are on microfilm and these together with certain manuscripts may be seen on request.

The Curator is always pleased to receive documents or artifacts relevant to life on the Island of Easdale and the surrounding area. Visitors will be given, on request, a detailed account of the remnants of the quarry workings which may be seen on a walk around the island.

Genealogical research can be undertaken by post. Enquiries should be accompanied by as much known detail as possible. The return postage and a small contribution to the museum funds would be appreciated for this service. Post Graduate students are welcome, although facilities for study are limited and should be requested in advance.

THE MUSEUM IS OPEN FROM APRIL 1st TO OCTOBER 31st EACH YEAR.

Hours of opening 10.30-5.30 daily.

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