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exploring places through understanding the people that have lived and worked in them

welcome to Dunoon and the first phase of the town's People of Place project:  the shop keepers of Argyll St.


Working in partnership with Argyll and Bute Council's Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (A+B CARS)  and the community run Castle House Museum, The People of Place initiative set out to explore the characters of Dunoon's main shopping street - Argyll St.


John Stirling and volunteers from the Castle house Museum reviewed archive material and artefacts from the museum's collection to identify the connections they had to local shops.

A+B CAR's officer Claire Hallybone consulted with shop owners about the heritage of various retail premises along the street. Over the course of 6 weeks community research was collated from social media channels, interviews and existing archives about various characters from the high street.


The research culminated in a street long exhibition and heritage trail. With the co-operation of our local shop keepers, 13 exhibits were situated in shop window's and a further two at the Castle House Museum and Queen's Hall.


A map and exhibition guide accompanied heritage trial. Over 500 people viewed the trail which drove footfall to the museum and created a new appreciation for the hidden heritage of Argyll Street. We received amazing feedback from the local community and visitors.

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"I honestly feel differently about the Dunoon High Street! Amazing how connecting with the past (and seeing what bits the kids were particularly interested in) makes you see a place in a new light. The kids especially liked the big photo of the Cowal Games in the Queen's Hall cafe, the butchers tiling (we bought a pie) and the entrance to the old [Maypole] dairy."

Anna Wynne of Lochgoilhead.


Next steps......phase 2

We would like to look more closely at least 3 of the shop keepers who were identified in the the first phase of research.  These are: Mr George Stirling the pharmacist, Miss Maggie Parker the Royal Patent Awardee and Norrie Fergusson the Butcher. We are working with our partners to identify how to resource Dunoon's People of Place project in 2020.

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