Savings Banks Museum

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Savings Bank Museum

7 IMG_4062.JPGThis unique little museum is located in the 200-year old cottage which is the birthplace of the world savings bank movement. It is consistently described by visitors as 'a little gem' and 'an unexpected find'.

In 1810, the Reverend Henry Duncan began the world's first self-supporting savings bank, in the parish of Ruthwell. Based on business principles, its aim was to help 'the industrious poor' to help
themselves, by encouraging thrift. The Bank was so successful that the idearapidly spread.

The museum is located in the very room in which Duncan conducted the Bank's business every week. Parishioners could deposit as little as sixpence, and received interest when their savings reached £1 or more. Displays include original ledgers, a collection of money boxes and banking artefacts from around the world. In addition, the museum holds much information about the region's history

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The displays also illustrate the remarkable life and achievements of the Revd Dr Henry
Duncan (1774-1846) - author and publisher, antiquarian, geologist, artist and philanthropist.

The Ruthwell Cross

This magnificent runic stone was restored by Henry Duncan. It is one of the finest Anglo-Saxon
crosses in Britain. A scale model of the Cross, which he carved from beeswax, is on display in the
museum. The original, which dates from the 7th century, can be viewed at the nearby Ruthwell Church.

What visitors say

'A little Gem of a place.'

'Fabulous guide - very knowledgeable.'

'What an amazing man and a wonderful wee museum!'



April-September:         Tuesday-Saturday, 10.00-16.00

October-March:          Thursday-Saturday, 10.00-16.00

Opening times may vary without prior notice.

Group visits welcome - please contact us to discuss.





Telephone: 01387 870640