We have a wonderful little giftshop at the museum which stocks a range of products, from local artwork and pottery, children’s books and sustainable toys, to a wide range of traditional damask linen. Whether you’re looking for a wee souvenir of your visit or a more substantial gift, why not pop by and browse our shelves?
Below is a list of some of the local products we are proud to stock at our museum.
Angus Handloom Weavers Linen
Dunfermline was once the capital of the weaving industry in Scotland and for many men, like Andrew’s father William Carnegie, it was how they made their living.
There is a working handloom on display in the birthplace cottage, as well as monthly weaving demonstrations by Ian Dale of Angus Handloom Weavers.
We stock a selection of traditional linen made in his workshop, available in a range of sizes and designs including:
Carnegie Design Linen
Stags and Castles
Jo Walker Ceramics
We stock a range of Jo’s beautiful sgraffito jugs, mugs, decorative birds and brooches. She is based in Dunfermline.
“Most of my work is thrown on the potter’s wheel, I enjoy the feel of the clay running through my fingers, the rhythm and the quiet contemplation. I decorate each piece using the technique of sgraffito: when the work is partially dry it is dipped into a contrasting coloured slip. I then scratch the design through the coloured slip to reveal the white clay body underneath.
My main source of inspiration comes from nature, in particular wild plants and weeds, the overlooked and unloved”
Have a look at here lovely Instagram to keep up with her latest creations and shows.
Clarabella Christie Designs
Clarabella Christie studied Printed Textiles and Surface Design at Glasgow School of Art, where her love of print and pattern was born.
She is now based up at her studio at Firestation Creative in Dunfermline, and runs workshops, sewing classes and takes part in the Open Studio days. She also recently won a gold award for best new product at Scotland’s Trade Fair over in Glasgow.
Her beautiful scarves are part of her ’Hometown’ collection of accessories and homeware. Her patterns are inspired by the architecture of Dunfermline—the skyline, the patterns, shapes and rhythms—which her studio looks over.
Clarabella regularly updates her website with new stock, designs as well a range of sewing and upholstery classes.
Leslie & Rosie Designs
Leslie & Rosie is a design company founded by Lesley Ratomska. She is based in Dunfermline and produces designs inspired by the patterns and colours she observes in the built and natural environment around her. She also reproduces her designs on paper and fabric.
This particular apron design we stock is inspired by the beautiful wrought iron railings at the entrances to Pittencrieff Park on St Margaret Street and Monastery Street.
Pittencrieff Park, known as the Glen, was bought by Andrew Carnegie and gifted to the people of Dunfermline.
For more quirky Dunfermline inspired designs, visit her website here.
Glenshee Pottery Bothies
In Scotland, ‘Bothies’ are small huts or cottages often used as a mountain shelters. They can be found in rural areas and across the highlands, providing sanctuary for weary travelers and farm workers.
Glenshee pottery have added their own colourful twist to their ‘Wee Bothies’ which look wonderfully similar to Andrew’s birthplace cottage. Each cottage is handmade, individually shaped and painted, meaning no two are the same.
We believe it is the imperfections that make each bothy beautiful and unique. They are lovely ornaments on their own, but have been used by Birthplace staff as paper or even fabric weights!
Rosyth Edible and Tasty Spaces (EATS) Orchard Honey Bees
EATS is a community charity run by dedicated volunteers and beekeepers down in Rosyth. They grow fruit and vegetables in Rosyth for people to harvest freely.
Their reusable beeswax wraps are designed to replace plastic products like Clingfilm and promote the reduction in the use of single use plastics. The proceeds of EATS beeswax wraps are fully reinvested into helping important pollinators, including funding necessary equipment for Rosyth Orchard honey bees.
Rossie the Rabbit & his Really Big Adventure!
A children's story by Lorna Owers, former Museum Curator.
Lorna Owers first children’s book brings together the local story of Andrew Carnegie’s pet bunny rabbits, as well as the history of the giant Diplodocus carnegii dinosaur. Owers had this to say about her new book:
‘Children love to visit the Museum and to hear the stories of the young Carnegie and his pet rabbits, and every child loves dinosaurs, so the idea of a story around one of the rabbits and Dippy (the diplodocus dinosaur funded by Carnegie) just evolved.’
The book was launched on World Book Day 2019 at a local Dunfermline school, Carnegie Primary. Illustrated by Norman Stone, whose other work includes bringing Horace the Haggis to life!
Glencairn Crystal Whisky Glasses
In the long history of whisky there had never been a single definitive glass that the whisky world could call its own. That is until the distinct Glencairn whisky glass was born! The shape of the glass is derived from the traditional nosing copitas used in whisky labs around Scotland.
These glasses are engraved with Andrew Carnegie’s birthplace cottage. Although Andrew Carnegie was not a drinker, he often gave whisky as gifts. When he learned of American writer Mark Twain’s love of Scotch whisky, he generously began to send him casks!
Twain responded with witty thank you letters:
‘Your whisky came at the right time. Of course your whisky never comes at the wrong time.’
Why not treat your favourite whisky aficionado to Scotland’s official Glencairn glass?
Children’s Books and Gifts
In a bid to reduce our plastic use and sell more sustainable museum products, we have slowly been replacing our old children’s stock with an array of colourful and ethically sourced products, including:
Best Years Knitted & Wooden Toys
Wild Republic Soft Toys
Traditional Victorian Wooden Toys - a nice alternative to plastic!
Choc Affair Palm Oil Free Lollipops
We also stock a range of great kids’ books including:
The Man Who Loved Libraries
Peacocks in the Glen Again
Dippy - The Tale of a Museum Icon
People of Peace
Dinosaurium for Kids
The Billionaire Boy (and Bairn - also available in Scots!)
Little People, Big World Books
Your little ones could even take home one of their own Carnegie Bunnies or their very own hi-tech Victorian Ipad!