New at the Museum

Archie Knox gifts

Thanks to the generosity of retired archivist and friend to Lismore, Murdo MacDonald, Ionad Naomh Moluag museum now has three pieces of tudric pewter in the art nouveau style by Archie Knox. Murdo had a considerable collection of his work and the rest he has gifted to the Kelvingrove art gallery.  Archie Knox’s connection to Lismore is through his mother, Ann Carmichael, who was born and raised at Baligrundle. She moved to Kilbirnie in Ayrshire and later, when she married William Knox, to the Isle of Man where Archie, their 5th child, was born.

This is a great chance for those able to visit the museum to see the work of a man described as “the creative force behind the successful Celtic Revival style”. Most of his designing was done for Liberties of London but he also taught at the Kingston on Thames School of Art for many years where he had a strong following. The museum will be displaying three pieces - an ink well (1903), milk jug, and coffee pot (1905) - for the next few months.

MacGregor Collection

Also at the museum is the remarkable MacGregor collection which has come to the museum from an attic in New York where it was found by a journalist who happened to know of the twinning of a local school with the Oban High School and gave it to the Rev Andy Campbell, Minister of Oban and Kilmory. The Rev Campbell then gave it to the museum and it has some fascinating items including letters, a family tree, newspaper cuttings, a diary and a university year book all of which contain interesting details of life as it once was on Lismore which makes it of interest to far more then the Macgregor clan.



Cristall Lutyens has mounted a retrospective exhibition of her husband Tony’s paintings in the library at Ionad Naomh Moluag. Tony died in 2006 and had lived in Lismore for many years.


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