Since 2016, Selkirk’s Incorporation of Hammermen have been putting their members’ skills to the test by transforming a derelict building into a museum. The building, in the town’s West Port, has been donated by one of the casting association’s members, the entry to which is next door to Brown and Muir’s shop. The original plans were to have it rebuilt from roof to floor, where it could be used as a museum for the incorporation’s historic artefacts, as well as providing a meeting room for the entire community as and when required.
Alan Tough, Deacon of the Incorporation of Hammermen, said: “This has been a very exciting venture for us. “There was a lot of work to be done – the roof had to come off, pigeons had made it their home in there but we had a great group of helpers along the way and we have been able to do all the work ourselves. “We applied for funding from the Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) project, and we are looking forward to possibly linking up with Halliwells’ House Museum close by. “But it will be a great wee place for other community groups or casting associations to hold coffee mornings in, or perhaps put on a display of their own. “As a meeting room, it will probably seat around 35 people.”
They are also providing a unique opportunity for anyone wishing to purchase a brick which you can have inscribed with your name or that of a loved one or organisation which will be part of the fabric of a community project. These will be layed out on the floor inside the hall.
You can download the application form with instructions by clicking on ‘Download File’ below
Alternatively you can purchase one from their stall at the Farmers Market in March.
You can see Deacon of the Hammermen Alan Tough explain why the Incorporation is keen to display its historic artefacts in Selkirk’s new Hammermen Hall.