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Product of the Week
Highland Stoneware
This weeks product comes from Scottish company Highland Stoneware, situated in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. From making their own clay to the finished pot, each piece is handmade by a dedicated team of craftspeople in Lochinver and Ullapool. Each item is individually hand painted, and the artists are encouraged to innovate and develop designs, so no two pieces are the same. Currently in stock we have the Sheep and Fossil (one-off design of the year) ranges.

Pop into the shop for a closer look!
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Visit Scotland Award
We are delighted to announce Visit Scotland have rated the Biggar Museum an outstanding FIVE STARS!
Come visit us and see for yourself the wide range of unique objects in our collection!

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.
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Object of the Month
Lady Godiva, 1940's
This light fire pump was found wrecked and abandoned in Ballinluig in Perthshire. Two Biggar fire officers, George Shiels and John Paterson, rescued it and restored it. The government ordered thousands of these for Auxiliary Fire Service, set up just after the Second World War started. They were made by Coventry Climax Engines Limited. The light trailer pump used by Biggar firefighters in the 1940's would have been similar to this. It was pulled by a car.
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Biggar Stories
Biggar and the House of Fleming
The dramatic story the House of Fleming in Biggar begins in the 14th century. It features murder and execution, loyalty and tragedy. The new narrative of the House of Fleming introduces many less well-known but highly significant figures.

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.
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Fossil Hunters: Unearthing the Mysteries of Life on Landfossil-hunters

A National Museums Scotland touring exhibition Discover how life on earth moved from water onto land 360-345 million years ago through ground-breaking discoveries made in Scotland in Fossil Hunters at Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum from 15th October – 15th January 2017. In Fossil Hunters, meet the people who uncovered these remarkable finds, discover the scientific techniques used to extract and identify them, and glimpse what life was like before the dinosaurs.

Until recently no fossil evidence had been found to explain how vertebrate life stepped from water to land, leading to a gap in our scientific knowledge of evolution. Known as Romer’s Gap, this mystery has been challenging palaeontologists for generations. However, after years of searching, the answers have begun to be unearthed.

In 2008, palaeontologist Stan Wood uncovered a number of fossils which began to reveal this key chapter in the history of evolution, including a notable amphibian specimen nicknamed ‘Ribbo’. Spurred on by these finds, researchers from National Museums Scotland and institutions around the country have been working together to uncover more examples in Scotland.

In Fossil Hunters, meet the people who uncovered these remarkable finds, discover the scientific techniques used to extract and identify them, and glimpse what life was like before the dinosaurs.

Fossil Hunters is a National Museums Scotland touring exhibition.

Supported by the Natural Environment Research Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

www.nms.ac.uk/fossilhunters