The Oban Times - - Districts -

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.

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