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Moffat Museum Re-opens for 2015

Moffat Museum Re-opens for 2015

Published On: 01 April 2015

The museum is re-opening after the winter break. Entry remains free and volunteers have been working hard in the close season, installing new exhibits.

The original railway seat from the ‘Moffat Cuddy’ has been refurbished by local joiner George Hunter and blacksmith Graeme Paterson. It is a reversible seat and the cast iron mechanism was almost rusted away but Graeme managed to use the last remnants as a template. Of the wood, there was only one spar of the original oak left.

Moffat Museum raised money towards the refurbishment at a coffee morning and the result is a state of the art working railway seat that can flip over to face in two different directions.

The weary visitor will be able to sit in the seat and view Jock Dicerbo’s model railway as well as the slideshow and “We Were Only Territorials” exhibition opposite. There has been a wonderful response to the appeal in last week’s Moffat News for information about more local KOSB territorials who fought in the 5th Batallion at the disastrous battle on July 12th 2015 at Gallipoli. Already three more soldiers and a naval captain have been traced through relatives who have come forward with some fascinating artefacts. The exhibition is expected to grow and develop until the 100th anniversary when we shall remember those who perished and those who fought and survived against all the odds on of that dreadful day.

Also on display for the first time in Moffat is the Stidriggs Hoard of early medieval/iron age tools found in Beattock. This is the only hoard of its kind found in Scotland.