Photographer to the Tsar: Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii

October 1st - 31st 2021

The photographs of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) offer a vivid portrait of a lost world - the Russian Empire on the eve of World War I and the coming revolution. His subjects ranged from the medieval churches and monasteries of old Russia, to the railroads and factories of an emerging industrial power, to the daily life and work of Russia’s diverse population.

This exhibition was originally produced and displayed in The Mill in 2013.

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 : Field-names of Borgue

14 June - 30 July 2021

Nearly all fields have a name, and these names act as a memorial, telling the story of a place and can connect you with the history of your area. The names used today are the result of a largely oral tradition where the original name may have evolved over many years and can be hard to decipher.

Exhibition : Spring Fling at The Mill

29 May - 6 June

Spring Fling Open Studios is an open studio event based here in Dumfries & Galloway. Every Spring since 2003, 70-100 artists, makers and designers across the region open their studios for visitors.  In light of the ongoing pandemic, this year’s programme has a mix of online and physical socially distanced approaches. No studios will be physically open this year, but the Virtual Studios, piloted in 2020 in response to the pandemic, will be back.   

Mossyard Bay
Mossyard Bay

Where every name tells a story

Exhibition reveals the mystery of place-names

19 March - 30 April 2018

This coastal place-name exhibition celebrates the beauty of the Dumfries and Galloway shoreline and the language used to describe it.

The exhibition features images depicting the coastline and the history and stories behind the origins of place-names which often use words that have disappeared from our everyday language.

Exhibition : Planthunter - A Celebration of Michael Wickenden

1 July -3 September 2017

Michael Wickenden, the founder of Cally Gardens outside Gatehouse and who died last year, was a modern day explorer who travelled the world's remote places in search of new varieties of plants.  At Cally, in the former walled garden of Cally House, he created a specilalist nursery as well as a beautiful garden.