Spotlight on castle collection at new Dick Institute exhibition


An exciting new exhibition featuring items from the collection normally housed at Dean Castle is now open at the Dick Institute’s North Museum.

The exhibits will remain at the venue for display and safe-keeping while the castle is closed to the public for extensive £5.2m restoration and refurbishment work, which is being funded by East Ayrshire Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and East Ayrshire Leisure.

Among the items featured will be some of the castle's recognised collection of internationally significant early musical instruments, as well as many fine examples of armoury which can be viewed in a specially-created open storage area.

One of the highlights of the exhibition will be the Gothic style suit of armour belonging to the 8th Lord Howard De Walden, while another major exhibit will be a 500-year-old tapestry featuring the bethrothal scene of King James IV and Margaret Tudor, elder sister of Henry VIII.

A series of events, workshops, recitals and displays are set to take place throughout the duration of the exhibition to allow visitors an in-depth look at the collection, with displays changing and developing over time.

You will also be able to see  - a 1:125 scale model of Dean Castle made entirely from LEGO bricks by Bright Bricks as part of the Bricktropolis show at currently on display in the main gallery.

Dean Castle Collection Exhibition - Free

Book Now for Bricktropolis £5 adults £2 under 16s.