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Friends of Kelso Museum

Local History in Kelso

The aims of the Friends of Kelso Museum are to promote awareness of local history in Kelso and to support the work of Scottish Borders Council’s Museums Service.


The aims of the Friends of Kelso Museum are to promote awareness of local history in Kelso and to support the work of Scottish Borders Council’s Museums Service locally.  The Friends arranges public lectures on local history themes, four in March and four In November.  Each year the Friends join with other local groups to mount exhibitions in Kelso and has been part of the "We’re from Kelso" project from its inception.

Isabel Gordon, Chair

Public Lectures on Local History Themes

Kelso Museum was only open seasonally from Easter to October. The Friends was formed at the same time as the Museum opened and when it closed continued to support the work of the Council’s Museums Service in promoting awareness of local history in the town, to arrange a series of public lectures on local history themes during the winter months and to create exhibitions (often in co-operation with other groups and individuals) on aspects of Kelso’s past. The Friends have also published four books about Kelso and its history.

2017/18 Syllabus

The Friends arranges public lectures on local history themes, four in March and four In November. All lectures are held in Room 4 at Abbey Row Centre, Kelso at 7.30pm.

  Nov 2017
Wednesday, 1st November AGM & EGM
Border Place Names

by Christine Henderson
Wednesday, 8th November In the Footsteps of the Covenanters
by Rob Mitchell
Wednesday, 15th November A Runaway Slave in Dunse
by David McLean
Wedensday, 22nd November Norham – the Most Dangerous Place in England
by Martha Andrews
   
  March 2018
Wednesday, 7th March Hume Castle and Village:
(the results of a photogrammetric survey using drone photography)

by Piers Dixon & Georgina Brown
Wednesday, 14th March Policing in the Scottish Borders during WW1
by Dr. David Smale
Wednesday, 21st March The Clay Family
by Trevor Swan
Wednesday, 28th March Reflections
by Isabel Gordon

Looking Forward
by Derek Robeson

Become a Friend of Kelso Museum


Become a Friend and provide support that is vital to the ongoing work of The Friends to promote awareness of local history in Kelso and to support the work of Scottish Borders Council’s Museums Service.

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Contact Friends of Kelso Museum

Friends of Kelso Museum
Secretary, tel. 01573 224951.

Publications Kelso's History

Friends of Kelso Museum have published four books about Kelso and its history. The books are available to purchase from The Friends and local outlets (see below).

Historic Kelso by Audrey Mitchell

Historic Kelso
Audrey Mitchell, 2009
A pocket guide for the discerning tourist.
£6.95

Kelso Abbey
Christine Henderson, 2010
A brief history.
£3.50

We're From Kelso
Kelso Connections, 2009
Biographies of characters with Kelso connections.
£5.00

We're From Kelso Too
Kelso Connections, 2015
A further 25 biographies of characters with Kelso connections.
£5.00

Purchase Information

Available from Friends of Kelso Museum and the local outlets listed below.

Friends of Kelso Museum are currently offering both books for the combined price of £9.

To purchase please contact Friends of Kelso Museum on tel. 01573 224753.

Local outlets:

  • Browns Newsagent & Post Office
  • Hector Innes Photography
  • Visit Scotland Tourist Information Centre
  • W J Blair Jewellers