South and Townhead Church Hall

South and Townhead Church Hall was the venue of Major Myrseth’s Folk Museum from 1950-56, and was located on Shakespeare Street at the intersection with Burns Street.[1] After the war Major Myrseth remained in Dumfries and resumed his previous Norwegian folk studies, exhibiting a broad range of items including a penny farthing that locals remember riding as children. In 1955 the museum received 5,000 visitors according to local press.[2] The South and Townhead Church congregation united with that of St Michael’s in 1983 and the church hall was demolished.[3] The residential complex South and Townhead House now occupies the site.

[1] Canmore website, page on South and Townhead Church Hall [accessed 10.3.2017] <>

[2] Dumfries & Galloway Standard article, ‘Dumfries Folk Museum’, July 7, 1956

[3] Dumfries Churches website, page on St Michael’s and South Parish Church [accessed 10.3.2017] <>

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