Angels, Myths and Fables

Date Occurs 09/05/2016 - 30/04/2017
Time Wed - Sun 10-4pm
Age range
Admission FREE

Using Dean Castle’s internationally renowned collections of early musical instruments, arms and armour and tapestries, this new exhibition looks at a time when art in Europe reflected a range of religious images, as well as folklore and mythological creatures.

During the period known as the Renaissance, Europe turned its back on the darkness and superstition of the middle-ages, whilst recapturing the thought and vision of ancient Greek and Roman civilisation. The art of the Renaissance explored an unseen world of unearthly beings beyond our day-to-day existence, and many of the instruments and historic weapons on show here feature angels, strange plants, and other mysterious creatures.

Also on display in the Banqueting Hall is one of the wonderful Italian curtains which date from c.1700, believed to have been acquired by Lady Howard de Walden for Dean Castle. Years of conservation work by Dean Castle Textile Team has taken place to repair and consolidate these beautiful textiles – made from silk, velvet, and gold threads – and now the first of the curtains is back on public display.

Please note access to the Banqueting Hall is limited by spiral stairs.

Venue Information

  • Dean Castle & Country Park
  • Dean Road
  • Kilmarnock
  • East Ayrshire
  • KA3 1XB
  • Tel: 01563 554743
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Sunday: Grounds Open. Castle 11am-5pm from 1 Apr
Monday: Grounds Open. Castle 11am-5pm from 1 Apr
Tuesday: Grounds Open. Castle 11am-5pm from 1 Apr
Wednesday: Grounds Open. Castle 11am-5pm from 1 Apr
Thursday: Grounds Open.Castle 11am-5pm from 1 Apr
Friday: Grounds Open. Castle 11am-5pm from 1 Apr
Saturday: Grounds Open. Castle 11am-5pm from 1 Apr
Wheelchair access Yes
Disabled toilet facilities Yes
Temporary displays & changing exhibitions Yes
Events & workshops Yes
Car parking Yes
Car parking nearby Yes
Disabled access Yes
Disabled access (limited to parts of castle) Yes
Tea Room Yes
Urban Farm Yes
School & group visits welcome by appointment Yes
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