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We have a wealth of information about hidden architectural gems of all kinds in locations throughout Scotland. This extensive catalogue of venues lists places that have participated in Doors Open Days through the years.

 

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Dumfries & Galloway

John Paul Jones Museum

Date 1: 02/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

2 September 2018

"I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way"John Paul Jones lived in an age of great change, and thrived on it. He was born in 1747, when the landscape, agriculture and industries of Scotland were being reformed in the aftermath of the Jacobite Rebellions. Ideas, too, were changing and this was to ignite a war of independence in Britain’s American colonies and a revolution in France.Jones shape-shifted throughout his eventful life: a 13 year old gardener’s son with a longing to go to sea; as the captain of a slave ship accused of murder; as a high ranking officer in the navy of the newly independent United States; and finally as a self-styled ‘citizen of the world’ who died in poverty in Paris in 1792, the year that France became a republic. John Paul even changed his own name and nationality, adding Jones when he chose the side of the United States. The cottage, on the Solway coast in Dumfries and Galloway is a fun filled attraction for all the family. Learn all about the Dumfriesshire born American hero of the US Revolutionary War. Visit the cottage where he was born in 1747 and grew up as a young boy.Step into the magnificent replica of his cabin from his most famous ship the BonneHomme Richard, in which he defeated the HMS Serapis at Flamebourgh Head. Take a walk through the museum and enjoy lots of pictures, information, facts, replica models of his ships and two short films. Join the many American visitors who make the pilgrimage every year to the cottage to pay homage to the Father of the U.S. Navy. Enjoy some refreshments and browse the gift shop. Feel free to bring a picnic and use our outdoor benches.  

Dumfries & Galloway

Mill on the Fleet

Date 1: 02/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
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2 September 2018

The Mill on the Fleet was built in 1788 as a cotton spinning mill and restored as a visitor centre by Dumfries and Galloway Council in the 1980’s. The water wheel on the gable end was used to drive the machinery to spin the cotton. The separate longer wheel was connected to machinery in another mill building, now ruined, but both mill wheels have now been reconnected to the original water supply and it is hoped that their motion will be harnessed for practical use in the future.  As well as the wheels, the mill has displays of the Fleet Valley, a welcoming café, a shop and special exhibitions.

Dumfries & Galloway

Savings Bank Museum

Date 1: 01/09/2018
Date 2: 02/09/2018
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1-2 September 2018

"The Amiablest and Kindliest of Men"Thomas Carlyle on Henry Duncan, founder of the Ruthwell Savings Bank.Tucked away in the pretty Dumfriesshire village of Ruthwell on the Solway, you will find the very room where the Trustee Savings Bank originated. On 10th May 1810, the Reverend Henry Duncan launched a community self-help project that would become both nation and worldwide. Saving money for the future was of course not a new concept but until Reverend Duncan's project was launched, hiding your savings in your own home was the only option.  Solving this security issue the Savings Bank project offered a secure means of saving and at last, ordinary folk were able to save their small sums of money and into the bargain earn a good interest, gain access to financial institutions, and increase their confidence and future prospects. 

Dumfries & Galloway

Theatre Royal Dumfries

Date 1: 01/09/2018
Date 2: 02/09/2018
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

1-2 September 2018

Built in 1792, the Theatre Royal Dumfries is the oldest theatre in Scotland still in operation today.It has had a long and storied history and has attracted many famous visitors including Robert Burns and J. M. Barrie and Stan Laurel. The building has also seen use as a music hall, a cinema and very briefly, a roller skating rink.It was restored by the Guild of Players in 1959 and has been operating as a theatre again ever since. The most recent refurbishment of the building has seen an expansion into other sites on Shakespeare Street and Queen Street. While the auditorium remains largely the same, the building now also boasts a new bar and Studio, as well as much improved backstage facilities.  

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