The Museum and Heritage Service has a fascinating collection of objects and images which relate to the history of the county. The collection is wide-ranging and includes:
- archaeological artefacts;
- civic regalia from the old burghs of Alloa, Alva and Tillicoultry;
- miners' and friendly society lodge banners;
- a large collection of W & J A Bailey's Alloa Pottery;
- brewing and brick-making memorabilia;
- agricultural tools and equipment;
- objects and apprentice pieces from Alloa Glass Works;
- dolls' houses, rocking horses and other toys;
- many domestic items from the last century;
- family memorabilia; and
- the collection from Paton's and Baldwin's Kilncraigs Mill (founded c1814) which, with its accompanying documentary archive, probably forms the most complete group of historical material from a spinning mill to have been preserved in Britain.
There is also a growing collection of paintings and other works of art from the last two hundred years.
A Little Look at our Collection
- Portrait of Two Boys
Attributed to David Allan, oil on canvas. This three-quarter length portrait of two young boys was painted by David Allan, who was born in Alloa in 1744.
- Neolithic Stone Axe Head
This small stone axe head dates to the Neolithic, about 3000BC.
This plate was a product of W & J A Bailey's Alloa Pottery.
- An Unusual Money Box
In the days before pay packets and electronic payment systems like BACS, this tin box was used by Patons & Baldwins to pay their employees at Kilncraigs Mill.
- The Harviestoun Soup Tureen
This silver soup tureen is a rare item of memorabilia from one of the great houses in the county.
- View of Alloa, with cattle and figures in the foreground
c. 1840, oil on canvas, 68.6 x 121.9 cm. The viewpoint in this painting shows Alloa from the north-west, with the River Forth in the background.