NPC museum reopens

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Roddy MacLeod in the newly refurbished museum.
Roddy MacLeod in the newly refurbished museum. Roddy is standing next to an exhibit which includes John MacColl’s Lawrie bagpipe, his 1888 Northern Meeting Centenary Medal, a photo of son Dugald pictured as a baby with John and mother Helen Carruthers (sister of Jeannie), John’s aide-memoire book and his medals.

The National Piping Centre’s museum has reopened after months of refurbishment.

The museum, located in the MacPhater Street building, holds 300 years of piping heritage with items laid out in a logical, themed way. Many new items have been added, including some personal items that were previously housed in the museum at the former College of Piping building in Glasgow’s west end. These include the bagpipes of John Bàn MacKenzie and John MacColl plus Angus MacKay’s death certificate, Donald Cameron’s bible, Robert Reid’s medals, John MacDonald’s pipe box (with one of his Clasps fixed to the lid) the Culloden pipes, and so much more.

The latest addition is the Tain Pipe, donated recently by Roddy and Danièle MacKenzie who live near Paris, France. These pipes featured in the June 2019 Piping Times.

John Bàn MacKenzie's bagpipe.
John Bàn MacKenzie’s bagpipe and, left, a photo of the famous piper taken in the mid-19th century.

Donald Cameron's bible, left, and the 3D-printed Pollok Pipes.
Donald Cameron’s bible, left, and the 3D-printed Pollok Pipes.

Roddy MacLeod, Principal of The National Piping Centre, said: “The museum really is something of a ‘cave of gold’. The items on display add so much to our knowledge and appreciation of the art and I have no doubt that visitors will find the museum fascinating.

“As well as historically important instruments, we also have a set of bellows pipes that were made recently using 3D printing technology.”

Instruments from the bellows, English and European tradition are also to be seen as well as the Silver Chanter.

The museum is open Monday-Friday: 09:00-19:00pm (till 17:00 on Fridays) and till noon on Saturdays. Admission is £4.50 for adults with concessions at £2.50.