Smugglers, disasters and tea

As deadlines fast approach for Accreditation, we’re trying to offer as much support as we can to the final Registered museums going through the Scheme and so found ourselves driving down the A1 to Eyemouth Museum. Mondays have been set aside by the museum for their volunteers to get together so Mark and I felt fortunate to meet with a number of their key volunteers. After focusing on some of the detail of Accreditation, we thoroughly enjoyed a guided tour of the excellent displays, including the tapestry depicting the 1881 Eyemouth Disaster and the current temporary exhibition of photographs that has sparked controversy! We finished up in the shop which, thanks to the enthusiasm of one volunteer, has been so successful that the season’s entire stock is already needing replaced and has had VisitScotland asking about their suppliers.

Wishing to make the most of the day, Mark Macleod had arranged for us to also visit Gunsgreen House –  a new attraction to the town which opened last August – about membership. So freshly buoyed by our morning visit, we entered the world of smuggling and the life of John Nisbet, 18th century merchant and a notorious smuggler of tea. Without wishing to spoil some of the delights of the house, the tour revealed a whole new side to accessorising your home.

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