The Dutch Gable House is situated in 14 William Street, Greenock, 5 minutes walk from Greenock Central Station. If you are in the town square, and can see the Town Hall, Kirk clock and beautiful wrought iron fountain..you are practically there. William Street runs down towards the river from the fountain. It is included on the Greenock Town Trail. We are open 10 - 4 Tuesday through Saturday.
The Dutch Gable House was purchased by Inverclyde Community Development Trust in 2012 to be developed as a new community space for arts, cultural heritage and enterprise. It is free to visit. All the exhibitions, gifts and displays in the building are created by local volunteers or local people on paid employment programmes. Some of our exhibitions will focus on historic facts and characters, others on the myths and legends of the area, some on people living and working in our community today. We want to tell the story of the area in a different way, with a little mystery, imagination and magic. We're happy to hear your ideas and suggestions. What's your story?
The Dutch Gable House is home to the study of local archivist and adventurer Sir Glen Douglas Rhodes, and his varied collection of local social and...esoteric heritage and folklore. On the ground floor you will also find our Secret Cinema, showing locally made documentaries and films and serials of local interest. We also have our shop, Newark Products, offering hand finished local goods.
The house isn't really a museum though, its a live working space, running a whole range of cultural projects which involve local people. From making short films, recording radio plays and creating visual art through to storytelling and working with comics and graphic novels, we're always up to something, and most of this work takes place on the other two floors of the building. All the work created as part of these projects is eventually displayed in the house. We regularly share up to date info on our projects and details for how to get involved on our blog and social media.
The Back House, dates from 1751, we think it is the oldest house in the town. The Back House will be the focus of our next stage of restoration and refurbishment, but for right now, people are welcome to have a wee look inside and we occasionally have a bit of music and storytelling in there. People have also booked it for events as diverse as parties and ghost hunts.
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