Culture Perth and Kinross care for over half a million objects in our nationally significant collection reflecting different aspects of our culture, identity and history. From paintings, photography and decorative art through social history and archaeology to the extensive natural history collections, there is something to appeal to all tastes and interests. This is just a few of the highlights from our extensive collections.
Communities at the City Hall
Since opening in 1910, Perth City Hall has hosted a rich cultural tapestry of festivals, performances and events.
This collection includes material from City Hall memory days alongside photographs from the Perthshire Advertiser, Alex Cowper and Louis Flood collections.
Much of this material has been produced by the MyMuseum volunteers who were involved in digitisation and cataloguing.
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John Duncan Fergusson
J D Fergusson was one of the most important and influential artists in Britain in the first half of the 20th century. Born in Edinburgh, with ancestral links to Perthshire, he spent much of his career in France and is now most associated with the Scottish Colourist group. The Fergusson Gallery holds his vast collection of artwork and associated archives, along with the archive of his lifelong companion, the pioneer of modern dance, Margaret Morris.
Syrian glass project
A collection of glass objects from Syria, digitised by the City Hall Champions.
Perthshire Society of Natural Science
PSNS is one of the oldest Scientific Societies in Scotland. From the beginning the Society embraced an enlightened and accessible approach to membership. Over 150 years the aspirations of the Society have not changed. It continues to encourage interest in the natural sciences by means of lectures, meetings and field outings. The Curious Minds lecture series has offered a stimulating array of scientific topics from dinosaur fossils in Skye, through the human genome to gravitational waves. The Archaeological & Historical, Botanical, Ornithological and Photographic Sections all run active programmes of winter meetings and summer outings to allow members to focus on special interests.
The Wood & Son Collection
Wood and Son, Printers, Perth, were first established in the High Street, Perth in 1830. They moved to Mill Street, Perth about 1900 and then to Glover Street, Perth in 2000. The images shown here are from negatives purchased from about 1903 to 1923 by Wood and Son and used to produce a series of over 1000 Perthshire postcards. Several photographers contributed to the collection and some images made by Perth photographer Magnus Jackson a couple of decades earlier, were also Purchased by Wood & Son and incorporated into the series.
Mapping Perth's History
The Perthshire Society of Natural Science (PSNS) has worked through 2022 with the Historic Towns Trust (HTT) towards producing a new map of historic Perth. We are calling the project "Mapping Perth's History", identifying sites of historical interest alongside a gazetteer of brief descriptions all onto one sheet. Here we present a selection of images showing just some of the sites of historic interest to be found around Perth.