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Hunterston Castle Has Been Added To The Castles Section

We have now added Hunterston Castle to the ‘Castles‘ section of the website! One of North Ayrshire’s most historic castles, it has been in the ownership of the Hunter family for around 800 years. Originally consisting of a tower, with a moat and rampart, it has changed throughout the centuries to include the attached Hunterston House. To read more about …

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Law Castle Has Been Added To The Castles Section

Our ‘Castles‘ section has a new addition: this time we are in West Kilbride, with the pretty Law Castle! Originally built in the 15th century, it was a gift for Princess Mary. Later, it was a ruin and now it is once again occupied after being fully restored. Read more about Law Castle HERE (and enjoy some nice pictures too!)

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone from all of us here at the Heritage Centre! Keep an eye on our FaceBook page for a constant stream of content to keep you entertained throughout the festive period! We wish you all a lovely holiday period and a Happy New Year when it comes. Then we will do it all over again in 2024!

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Strange Happenings At The Heritage Centre

In the month of October we keep receiving reports from staff that there is an odd presence in our H̷e̴r̷i̵t̵a̸g̴e̵ ̵C̵e̸n̶t̶r̴e̷. They have claimed they have heard or seen things. To assuage these fears, we have filmed this short tour of our H̵̭̣̞͋̆͘ẽ̴͕̻͙̔ŗ̴̙͛ȋ̸̩̙t̴͔̤̓ā̸̡̩̹̈̎͂g̴̮̉̓͒̍e̷̺̺̣̓̊͌ ̶̫̟͊̏̈́C̷͎̓̎̚͝ḙ̶̐̽ṅ̵̯͕̒t̸̪͎̯̋́̕r̸̫̖͇͂̀͝e̸̗̤̝̮̓, to show you that everything is perfectly normal here in October. P̵̜̰̉̇̃̃̎̅͝e̵̩̻̬̩̳͙̎̀ȓ̶̡̝̼̳̻̙͈̏͋̿͌̐f̸̢̢̰͔̦̩̈́̑ȩ̴͕̞̲̻̔͐ͅͅc̴̯͓͐̃̃̉ţ̶̟̮̋ľ̶͉̼̼̟̭͖̝̍y̵̖͎͋ ̴̛̟̠͕̤͔̔̕n̴̗̗͗̍̇̚ô̶͖̘͉̖̟̘̭r̸̥̲̈́̈́m̶͉̟̬̀̓͆ạ̵̐̀̆̓̏̒l̵͖̙̃̒̔͋͂̂̇.̷͍̮͑

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New and Unusual Exhibition Now on Display

Our latest exhibition is now on display at our North Ayrshire Heritage Centre in Saltcoats and it’s all about our own collection! Featuring a huge variety of objects from our own collections, the exhibition also features interviews with us, the staff, on what our favourite objects are! The exhibition is running into 2024 but we will be changing bits and …

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Doors Open Days 2023

9th of September 10:00 – 16:00 It’s Doors Open Day time again! Another chance to showcase our current exhibition which is celebrating 10 years of the wonderful Ardrossan Castle Heritage Society . The volunteers work tirelessly all year round, to promote the history and preservation of the castle. This will also be the last Saturday opportunity to see the exhibition …

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New Donations at the Museum of the Cumbraes

Recently the Museum of the Cumbraes welcomed two beautiful donations. The first is a model of MV Ashton, which was commissioned by Jim Thomson who then very kindly donated it to the Museum where it is now on permanent display. The second is our current exhibition Song of the Clyde: the story of the Clyde steamers. This wonderful collection was …

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Passing of Gordon McQueen (1952 – 2023)

We are saddened to hear of the death of legendary Scottish footballer Gordon McQueen, who was born in Kilbirnie in 1952. Gordon enjoyed successful spells with Leeds Utd and Manchester Utd. McQueen made 140 appearances for Leeds before, in February 1978, Gordon moved to Manchester Utd, fierce rivals of Leeds Utd, for £495,000. McQueen had made 140 appearances for Leeds …

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New Exhibition: 10 Years of the Ardrossan Castle Heritage Society

Our newest exhibition is here and on display at the Heritage Centre! Focusing on the Ardrossan Castle Heritage Society, come and learn all about this wonderful volunteer group who are now celebrating their 10th anniversary. “We were invited to set up as an organisation as the castle was in a state of disrepair and NAC were looking to work in …