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Bennie Museum

The Bennie Museum is housed in two adjoining 18th Century cottages in Mansefield Street in the centre of Bathgate, West Lothian. Opened in 1989, the cottages were gifted for the purpose by the Bennie family in 1980. The museum highlights the social and industrial history of the town and surrounding area. Displays which include a vast array of domestic and industrial objects of local interest, collections of early photographs, glass from the former Bathgate glassworks and exhibits on two local men, Sir James Young Simpson (1811-70), inventor of chloroform, and James (Paraffin) Young (1811-83), who created the world's first oil industry.

The museum is run by volunteers under the management of a Charitable Trust.


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