Hawick Museum's parkland location and fascinating displays reflect the endeavour of the town and its people. The objects and fine works of art collected are not just about Hawick but a window on the world.
The permanent displays allow many of our wonderful artifacts to be shown. The Jimmie Guthrie and Steve Hislop exhibitions make us a motorcyclists Mecca.
Nature displays and bygones of domestic life add variety, while four changing spaces, including the Scott Art Gallery, allow a lively series of art and museum exhibitions throughout the year.
The museum also houses the town's hand-painted war memorial inscriptions. Hawick Museum was founded in 1856 and has been in its present home, Wilton Lodge, since 1911.
Wilton Lodge is an 18th century mansion house, enlarged in the Victorian era then thoughtfully redesigned as the town's museum by Hawick Town Council after they purchased the building along with its surrounding grounds, now Wilton Lodge Park.
Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017
Throughout 2017, Hawick Museum Museum invites you to help us celebrate the richness of Scotland's intriguing history, impressive cultural heritage and fascinating archaeology. Why not look at the events below and plan your next day out?
Celts in the Borders
Who were the Celts? A fun and educational look at an ancient people of our region. Genuine artefacts, reproduction material and colourful display panels give you a glimpse of a fascinating culture.
Sun 29 January – Sunday 23 April
School class visit sessions for active learning accompany this exhibition. Contact Hawick Museum to book.
Niall Campbell, Sam Cornwell, Inge Panneels
Colourful meditations in paint, glass and photography. Three artists who have made their home in the Borders present their own cultural interpretations on ideas of geography, space and place.
Sunday 19 March – Sunday 21 May
Feathers and Flight
Exploring flight in nature and art. Birds – on show as specimens and reproduced in artworks. A fun and educational way of looking at the phenomenon of flight. Summer holiday workshops around the Museum will accompany this exhibition, watch media for details.
Part of Wilton Lodge Park Year of Flight and Feathers.
Sunday 30 April – Sunday 13 August
A week of fun and information about hedgehogs. See a display inside the museum. Meet a live hedgehog at two short talks/activity sessions on Friday and Sunday afternoons, 2-3pm - for all ages. Sessions free but please book.
Part of Hedgehog Awareness Week.
Monday 1 May – Sunday 7 May
Festival of Museums Weekend - Night at the Museum
Kick start your night out at Hawick Museum. The Museum will host a fully-licensed bar and a silent disco with adult craft activities - and a dress-up photo booth with a backdrop! Tickets £5
Friday 19 May
7.00pm to 10.00pm
Sun 21 May
Festival of Museums Weekend - Family Fun Day
Fun at the Museum - inside and out. Silent disco for children, family photo booth, children’s craft activities and a treasure hunt!
Sun 21 May
1.00pm - 3.00pm
Drawing Lines: A Railway Archive
Clare and Michael Money
Riccarton Junction has been a long term family interest for artist Clare Money, who investigates ways of archiving forgotten places. This personal collection of artwork, photographs and engineering drawings aims to explore different methods of recording and reflecting Riccarton’s past.
Sunday 18 June – Sunday 27 September
Back by popular demand. Get very close to small, live creatures - some nice, some a bit creepy. Admission free.
Wednesday 26 July
11.00am-1.00pm and 1.00pm-3.00pm
100 Years Piping – Hawick Scouts Pipe Band Centenary Exhibition
Photographs, historic bagpipes, drums, uniforms and memorabilia tell the story of the pipe band, founded in the First World War, that has seen so many Hawick youths pass through its ranks over the last century – and is still going strong today.
Sunday 20 August – Sunday 22 October
Paintings in the form of landscapes enhanced with collage work. Jamie Barr succeeds in producing attractive work that is also intriguing and thought-provoking. Jamie was born and raised in Jedburgh and trained at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen.
Sunday 3 September – Sunday 12 November
Souvenirs of War
Military memorabilia and war souvenirs brought back to Hawick by local servicemen and women over the last century or so. The wartime collections in Hawick Museum tell the stories of the town’s people in Britain’s wars.
Sunday 29 October – March 2018
Remembering the Fallen
Maps of Hawick showing where those who lost their lives in the Great War had lived. Created by schools, community groups and volunteers under the Saving and Sharing banner.
Sunday 29 October – March 2018
The War Memorial Room Reopening
Refurbished permanent displays. Objects, photographs and uniforms bear witness to the sacrifice and survival of Hawick men and women in wars from Napoleonic times to recent conflicts. Stobs Camp, Gallipoli, The Boer War, the two World Wars and recent desert conflict.
Financed with support from Museums Galleries Scotland.
Sunday 5 November
Great War Show and Tell event,
Explore the museum’s great collection of First World War artefacts and the stories they tell. Close up, hands-on sessions led by museum staff and The Scots in the Great War Living History Society. Bring along your own memorabilia and share family stories.
In partnership with Saving and Sharing: Stories of the Scottish Borders in World War One.
Sunday 19 November
1.00pm – 3.00pm
Fresh Paint, Edgy Photos
Laura Tumblety, Thelma Wrightson, David Hughes
Painting and photography - three local artists present an impact-full show of their latest work. Still life and abstract painting, challenging but elegant ‘fashion’ shots – and a new look at roadkill.
Sunday 19 November – March 2018
I HEART SCOTLAND
A Touring Show from Edinburgh Printmakers
Film and print work by this year’s Scottish representative, at the 2017 Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious art festival. Rachel Maclean explores Scottish national identity and its founding mythologies, inventing characters that toy with age and gender and refer to an array of historical figures, contemporary politicians and national stereotypes creating a complex and surreal vision of modern Scotland. The artist is the sole actor and model in her films. The exhibition is being staged in partnership with Alchemy Film Festival, also based in Hawick, who are curating Rachel’s work at the Biennale.
Wed 1 March – Sun 9 April
An African Life
Barbara & Catherine Reed
A mother and daughter exhibit work with a strong autobiographical slant inspired by their travels in Africa. Featuring Barbara’s vibrant textiles including masquerade costumes influenced by the peoples of West Africa and banners inspired by the ancient Kings of Dahomey and Catherine’s oil paintings based on childhood safaris to the Kalahari Desert, Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana.
Sat 15 April – Sun 28 May
1514 Children’s Art Exhibition
Artwork by local primary schools to celebrate Hawick Common Riding.
Sat 3 June – Sun 25 June
Hawick Art Club
The annual open exhibition.
Sun 9 July – Sat 5 August
Seeing Beyond the Immediate
Paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints by an award-winning artist who offers the viewer an opportunity to look beyond the aesthetic of artworks and to examine the thought processes and creative practice of artists who make both figurative and abstract artworks. Also featured are twelve prints and a selection of sketchbooks by the acclaimed Scottish abstract artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham on loan from the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Charitable Trust.
Sat 12 August – Sun 8 October
Highlights from the Permanent Collection
An opportunity to see rarely displayed paintings and prints selected from the high calibre fine art collection held at Hawick Museum. Including recent bequests and purchases alongside works awarded through the Scottish Arts Council Gifting Scheme. Amongst the artists represented are: Alberto Morrocco, William MacTaggart, Bernat Klein, Horatio McCulloch and Elizabeth Blackadder.
Sun 15 October – 31 March 2018
Access and Facilities
Wheelchair access to the ground floor and the Scott Gallery.