Halliwell's House Museum

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Halliwell’s House Museum, situated in the narrow, cobbled Halliwell's Close, part of the oldest surviving row of dwellings in Selkirk.

About Halliwell's House Museum

Visit Halliwell's House Museum for a truly unique and atmospheric experience. Situated in the narrow, cobbled Halliwell's Close, named after wig-maker Walter Halliwell, you'll find this unusual 18th century house. Inside you can discover more about the building - part of the oldest surviving row of dwellings in Selkirk - and learn more about the town and its long history.

The ground floor features a reconstruction of an ironmonger's shop which is crammed full with all manner of objects to evoke a bygone age. The industrial heritage of the town is reflected in the displays and the internationally-renowned annual Selkirk Common Riding Festival is explored, keeping the history of Selkirk alive. The 'Casting of the Colours' ceremony that takes place during this festival commemorates the Battle of Flodden, when the town sent eighty men to the Scottish King James IV and only one returned, carrying a blood-stained English flag.

The Royal Burgh of Selkirk is one of the oldest in Scotland and has rich historical connections. From William Wallace to Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, it is even the final resting place of a number of relatives of Franklin D. Roosevel4t! Selkirk also has strong literary links; Sir Walter Scott presided as Sheriff-Depute from 1799, and the ‘Ettrick Shepherd’, James Hogg, was born just outside of the town.
The Robson Gallery hosts a vibrant exhibition programme, showcasing the work of local artists and makers as well as historical interest pieces. Pick up an activity pack at reception to follow the displays and exhibitions and visit our gift shop for a selection of books and souvenirs. Specially arranged group visits and educational events are welcome – please book in advance.

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