It’s been a great first year in charge for Eyemouth Museum manager Lynne Bogle and she’s ready to end it in style with a final exhibition.
‘Every Picture Tells A Story’ is the fourth in a series of shows that have gathered together both artistic and literary talent from Eyemouth and the surrounding area.
The first two exhibitions both drew in around 800 visitors, but the last one ‘Telling Tales’ saw a peak of 1,300 people through the doors with numbers bolstered by a painting of Gunsgreen House by recently deceased painter and long time fan of Eyemouth John Bellany.
His painting was sold to a mystery buyer along with nine others in the collection and Lynne said the exhibition rounded off a fantastic summer for the museum.
She added: “Visitor numbers have increased overall this year as have our memberships. This was helped a lot by the success of our summer walks which ran for a number of weeks on different themes. The people who came along got to have a look at our archive rooms here at the museum and I think it was then that they realised that they could be involved in preserving their own heritage.”
And the museum archive boxes have also been opened for ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’, with a number of artefacts from Eyemouth yesteryear including a lady’s dance card and a smoking jacket amongst those on show.
“There aren’t any authors in this exhibition so I thought it would be a good chance to fill the display cabinets with some items from our archives. Only about a quarter of what we have is actually on show in the museum so it’s a nice opportunity to let people see some more.”
Lynne said one of her biggest aims during the first year of her managerial role was to make the museum a hub for both Eyemouth residents and visitors and she felt she’d achieved that.
“We’ve had a lot of good feedback this year which is excellent. I want the museum to be accessible to everyone; for a lot of people visiting Eyemouth we are there first port of call so we’ve got to give a great first impression. It’s the people’s museum; we want people to take pride in it. We’re fortunate that by closing for the winter months we have that bit of breathing space to hopefully allow us to make next year an even better for us.”
‘Every Pictures Tells A Story’ is open daily, 10am-6pm Monday to Saturday and 12-4pm on Sundays.