"My Dear Papa"

A Century of Childhood at Dunollie

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to become one of the sponsors of our 2018 exhibition. 

What was it like to grow up at Dunollie? 

The Dunollie archive has revealed so much... we hear the words of the Children themselves, and their parents, in the letters they wrote to one another.


Toys, costume and artefacts used by the children have been unearthed to illustrate this story with a series of fun, interactive games to bring the characters alive.


The Exhibition has been researched, developed and designed by our volunteer Archive Team, Curatorial Team and Exhibition Team for Scotland's Year of Young People.

Our volunteers have literally spent hundreds of hours finding wonderful nuggets of information in the boxes of archives and objects, to create unique and colourful display of childhood life in Oban in the 19th and early 20th century. 

We are looking for sponsorship to install each section of the exhibition as described below. This will enable us to create a high quality, up-to-date interactive exhibition for all ages. 

Sponsorship will pay for display materials, art work, mannequins, reproduction games, audio visual equipment, printing for labels and panels, furnishings, props and listings. 

All sponsors of the 5 main packages will be acknowledged within the display and will be invited to the exclusive exhibition opening at the end of March.

You can also donate anonymously with an amount of your choice without acknowledgement. Any contribution is greatly appreciated. 

Sponsorship Packages

"Young Gentleman"                                                                 £150


This section will tell of a midshipman's life in the mid 19th Century with letters from Patrick to his father Admiral John MacDougall from HMS St. Vincent and Somerled's exercise books during 1842 and 43.


The story will be illustrated with the letters along with semaphore cards and a midshipman's dress jacket and other items used by the boys. 

"A Rising Generation"                                                              £200

Admiral John's family are introduced with a note from Sophie (John's Wife) to John in 1845 about the children's heights including dates of birth.


Various other family letters to or from the children and two original caricatures of the children by well known caricaturist Richard Dighton along with toys and costume will bring the family to life. 


"Live Lumber"                                                                           £250

Sophie talked about 'Live Lumber' in a letter about her children travelling. This display will highlight the importance of Cheltenham to the family as described in several original letters.


A panel from the Dunollie coach along with coach luggage and costume will make a fascinating display. 


"Sporting Chance"                                                                     £100

The 'Sporting Chance' display follows the era of Alex, John, Charles, Henry and Young John and a series of letters referring to outdoor pursuits along with some of their favourite toys, games and books with reproductions for visitors to participate. 

"The Empire Writes Back"                                                       £230

Various letters from Henry (28th Chief) from his children in Scotland to India and from Henry in India to the children tell a story of the family abroad in 1885.

Indian certificates and School reports from Philberds School in England along with photographs and artefacts will create a colourful display including Indian tin soldiers  and other much loved presents bought from abroad children. 

Anonymous Donation                                                                   

Donation of sum of your choice without acknowledgement.