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A busy weekend at Hawick Museum

Gin, Fine Art, Cocktails and First World War Artefacts!   The weekend of the 18th and 19th November is shaping up to be busy for Hawick Museum. 

On Saturday 18th from 5-7pm the museum is hosting the first of its Still Life series.  Scottish Borders based Lilliard Gin, along with other hand-picked Scottish Distillers will be leading the event.  This is a chance to sample six of Scotland’s newest and most interesting gins, with their perfect serve.

Kate McInnes, Distiller from Lilliard Gin
‘Each gin will be personally selected by me, from companies and distillers I know personally, so you will enjoy a range of different styles and tastes. You’ll also meet at least two of the other makers who are coming along on the day, so you’ll gain a rare insight into the gins you’ll be trying and hear all about them from the people behind the distilleries.’

The tasting is being held in the museum’s art gallery with paintings from the fine art collection on display to enhance the surroundings.  Works by renowned Scottish artists such as Anne Redpath, Bernat Klein, Alberto Morrocco and Francis Caddell are just some of the artists’ works on show.

As well as the gin tasting, the distillers will do cocktail demonstrations to show how versatile gin can be, these will be raffled off to participants on the night. This ticket only event will also have a fully licensed cash bar serving prosecco cocktails, wine, beers and soft drinks and the Gin Shop will be open for anyone wanting to buy any gins you like so much you want to take home.

Museum Curator Shona Sinclair
‘This is a new venture for Hawick Museum and the first of what we hope will be a regular series of Still Life events based in the museum’s art gallery.  Next year we want to include whisky and craft beers/ciders.  This is great opportunity to enjoy the museum’s fantastic fine art collection along with tasting and discovering more about the drinks of the moment. ‘

Tickets for the Gin tasting are £15 each and are available to buy from Borders Textile Towerhouse. Call 01450 377615 or email hawickmuseum@liveborders1.org.uk to reserve your ticket.

The mood is more sober on Sunday for the Saving and Sharing the Hawick Story, Great War Show and Tell event, 1pm – 3pm.  Everyone is offered the opportunity to explore the museum’s collection of First World War artefacts and to bring along their own memorabilia and family stories. Museum staff and experts from the local community will be on hand to show and tell about some of the fascinating artefacts the museum holds – from the medals and uniforms won and worn to the cherished mementoes collected and handed down through the generations.  The Scots in the Great War Living History Society will also be there to give a vivid illustration of just what life was like in the war years.  There will be fun, craft activities for children to take part in.

This free event is run in partnership with Saving and Sharing: Stories of the Scottish Borders in World War One.  The project seeks to save, record and share stories to create a lasting legacy for this and future generations, helping to understand the impact the Great War had on the Scottish Borders.

To find out more about our weekend of events:  Shona Sinclair, Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick.  01450364747/ssinclair@liveborders1.org.uk

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