Come see Dunoon Goes Pop - The story so far

We are delighted to present a new exhibition of historic research and original illustrations at the Pop Shop by Dunoon Goes Pop.

George stirling bottles

Dunoon Goes Pop is a heritage and enterprise collaboration between Hannah Clinch of Tacit Tacit, Archeologist Manda Forster of Digventures and local illustrator Walter Newton.


Dunoon Goes Pop aims to bring soft drinks making back to Dunoon, whilst exploring the history and ethical and environmental impacts of it's production.

The project started in 2019, following research done with the Castle House Museum and Argyll and Bute Council’s Conservation and Area Regeneration scheme. This resulted in a shop window heritage trail along Dunoon’s main high street called the Shop Keepers of Dunoon. The exhibition featured information about George Stirling’s soft drinks factory, which was located behind a pharmacy on Argyll Street, from the 1880s. This sparked the idea of making soft drinks locally as a route to connecting people with this local heritage,

This new exhibition titled Dunoon Goes Pop - The Story so Far has been supported by CHARTS Argyll and Isles’ Place Makers: Micro-cluster Networks programme, funded by Creative Scotland. Over the last 6 months the Dunoon Goes Pop team have been developing ideas and testing out new approaches to pop making and heritage interpretation, with a view to creating a new social enterprise located at the Pop Shop.




The exhibition is in two parts; A screen in the window of the Pop Shop features visual and archive research exploring carbonation technology, the history of the local soft drinks factory and the global story of pop production and it’s impacts.

The illustrations in the new Pend Galley, just next to the Pop shop, features four People of Place or POP characters - the characters have been used to inspire new flavours of drinks that have been developed by Dunoon Goes Pop. Drink samples will be made available over the next few weeks. The exhibition runs until mid September and can be viewed from the street 10am-8pm.


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