Country Life Collection

The granaries on three floors once held thousands of tonnes of grain, and make excellent exhibitions spaces to tell the story of the Ayrshire rural economy of the last century. Their agricultural machinery, hand tools, photographs and documents, let the visitor step back in time. The unique collection of their clothes, both for working in and for best, are distributed throughout the galleries and room settings. The philosophy of Godliness, honest poverty, and hard work, which made them what they were, are comprehensively displayed.

We have an outstanding archive of photographs, drawings, newspapers and records which we are happy to share with visitors. They cover farm accounts, mill and estate records, agriculture, dairy work, uniforms, and of course dress and costume.




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