Cumnock's 4 star museum and gallery space featuring a mixture of temporary and permanent musuem and art displays.
First opened in 1891, the Baird is now Cumnock’s 4-star museum and art gallery featuring a mixture of temporary and permanent museum and art displays.
The Keir Hardie Room presents the life and career of the founder of the Labour Party, who spent his adult life in Cumnock. We are fortunate in having a large collection of his personal belongings and souvenirs of his travels. An interactive audio-visual screen presents the story of his life and career.
The Cumnock Room is dedicated to several aspects of the town’s history, including the religious struggles of the 17th century. Displayed here are relics of several Covenanter martyrs and a Covenanter banner, along with a replica of a mask worn by Alexander Peden, which allowed him to avoid detection by his enemies.
Cumnock was at the heart of the Ayrshire coal industry and in the Cumnock Room there is a display of mining tools and other equipment. Also on display is a selection of Cumnock Pottery, notable for its inscribed Scots mottoes.
While the Research Room gives you the chance to look through the collections via our Future Museum website.