James Brown: A Businessman of Many Passions

7 August - 26 September 2021

James Brown was an extraordinary man with interests in business, politics, farming and growing roses. He made his fortune in the drapery business and bought the Knockbrex estate, overlooking Wigtown Bay. Here he created agricultural and other buildings in Gothic Revival style, carried out an archaeological investigation, built up a herd of prize cattle and developed the gardens and leisure opportunities of Knockbrex House. This exhibition gives a flavour of the man, his work, and his family.

Exhibition : The Gatehouse Story

All season

The town of Gatehouse of Fleet was built from scratch in the mid eighteenth century as a planned industrial town. It grew out of great changes in society at the time - a product of the industrial revolution. This exhibition tells its story.

Exhibition : Follow the Fleet

All Season

The Fleet Valley is a designated National Scenic Area. It contains a wide variety of landscape and wildlife. This exhibition follows the river as it flows from the high hills and wild moorland at the head of the valley between the narrow wooded slopes of the middle section of the valley with its patchwork of small fields and woodlands to the open estuary landscape where the river flows into the bay. A set of trail guides available from the Mill complements the exhibition.