THE MUSEUM of Islay Life marks its 40th anniversary this weekend.
The Port Charlotte museum opened in August 1977 after two years' hard work by local people to get it upand-running. After finding premises in the former Free Church in Port Charlotte, the museum got off to a quiet start, with only a few artefacts on display. But islanders soon donated a wide variety of objects and today the museum has around 3,000 artefacts, 5,000 pictures and postcards and 1,300 books.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary, the museum will be holding a free open day on Sunday August 13, from 2pm to 5pm. Trustees will be in attendance to explain the museum's history and displays. Anyone visiting the open day will be given a free copy of a new booklet entitled ‘40 Star Objects’. The publication will go on sale after the open day.