Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Oban War and Peace Museum

On the last day that we were in Oban we decided to have a look round some of the free attractions that appealed to us, one of which was the War and Peace Museum.

Oban's War & Peace Museum contains a fascinating collection of artefacts and photographs depicting the rich cultural history of the busy port town and its people.
You can find out about the fishing and maritime industries, the railways, road transport, and the strategic role played by Oban during the war years when the town was home to Australian, Canadian and US aircrew and RAF Flying Boats operated from the bay. The involvement of local men and women in WWII is also recalled as are the other Services who operated in the area at that time.
Local sports such as Shinty are featured and displays tell the story of the first transatlantic telephone cable link, the operations of the Northern Lighthouse Board, our local emergency services, the construction of McCaig's Tower and the history of the museum itself.
There is so much more to see at the museum and we hope you will come and visit us soon to find out about Oban's heritage.


Admission is Free - but donations are always welcomed

It was a fairly small museum but had a lot of interesting artefacts to look at. Most of the items are in glass cabinets making them difficult to photograph but easy to look at. As well as the artefacts there was a lot of information boards covering the history of the town and its attractions. There was a seated area through the back where you could watch a short film showing a lot of the towns history.

The two gentlemen behind the desk were very interesting to talk to and gave us a lot of background a lot of the towns history, and for all they were volunteers they were passionate about what they do.

I would not say the place was suitable for the under 5's but older children would probably enjoy a tour round with a grandparent who would remember some of the events and items and be able to share their memories about the items.

Have taken various pictures to let you see some of what is displayed.

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