Hawick Museum

(Wilton Lodge Museum, The Scott Art Gallery)

Located in Wilton Lodge Park, a half-mile (1 km) west of the town centre and on the opposite bank of the River Teviot, the Hawick Museum houses permanent displays on the knitwear and hosiery industries which are associated with the town of Hawick and the surrounding area. It also incorporates the Scott Art Gallery. There are displays relating to local motorcycle racers Jimmie Guthrie (1897 - 1937) and Steve Hislop (1962 - 2003). Also on display are exhibits relating to the natural history of the area as well as Archaeological and geological items. In the Scott Art Gallery, on the first floor of the building, 19th and 20th C. Scottish paintings are displayed alongside temporary exhibits. The museum gets approximately 12,000 visitors annually.

Hawick Museum was founded in 1856, originally located in the former Buccleuch Memorial building on North Bridge Street, which was eventually demolished in 1971. Wilton Lodge is a fine mansion, dating from the 17th century and once the home of the Langlands family. It was bought in 1805 by James Anderson (1758 - 1833), who had made his fortune with the East India Company, and was subsequently enlarged. The house and surrounding estate were bought by Hawick Town Council in 1889 and, following a period of the Lodge lying empty, the museum moved here in 1911 after it had been adapted by a local architect. It is now B-listed.

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