The Museum vividly communicates the story of the people and history of Biggar and the Upper Clydesdale area. Tracing the history of the area, from the formation of the landscape through the arrival of the Neolithic peoples, the Bronze Age, the Roman occupation, 12th Century Flemish settlers, the Covenanter’s, exploring the area’s agricultural heritage and a reconstruction of a Scottish Victorian street.
Visit the museum to hear about their trials and escapades as they become inextricably caught up in the saga of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Look out for the reconstructed model of the Fleming family home in Biggar, Boghall Castle.
Biggar Museum Trust was formed in 1971 to take overall responsibility for the museums and collection built up by Brian Lambie and housed in a number of buildings in and around Biggar. In 2010 the Trustees decided that this important collection should be conserved and displayed in a way which would meet both contemporary museum standards and the expectations of visitors. A feasibility study was carried out in 2010 which recommended that a new purpose-built museum could be created on the site of the former Stephens Garage premises on Biggar High Street.
The local community had long supported the museums and raised £500,000 for the purchase of the site and towards initial project design costs.
Funding for the project was then sought from a variety of sources including private trusts and public funding bodies and the offer of a major grant from the Clyde Wind Farm Community Development Fund enabled the Trustees to put the project out to tender and to begin work.
The balance of funding to complete the project was to come from a second appeal to the local community and from the sale of surplus buildings.