Oban War & Peace Museum is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee and is run by a Board of Trustees, backed up by working groups, all of whom are volunteers.
The museum does not receive any local government funding and day to day running costs are covered by income from visitor donations, the sale of small gift items, local fundraising, the 'Friends of the Museum' scheme and donations in lieu of research work carried out by our volunteers.
The purchase, refurbishment and fitting out of the current premises was enabled by the generosity of a personal interest free loan and funding by the Scottish Land Fund, the Community Land Trust, Argyll & the Island Enterprise and the Home Front Recall Fund. All surplus income goes towards repaying the outstanding loan that currently stands at £40,000.
Currently we have one employee, our Documentation Officer, a post funded by the Esme Fairbairn Foundation for a three year period. This funding will enable a large proportion of our collection to documented on industry standard software and for it to be stored in suitable conditions. All other administrative and governance tasks are undertaken by volunteers.
"The aim of the Museum is to advance the education of present and future generations by collecting, maintaining, conserving and exhibiting items of historical and cultural interest relating to the Oban area in peace time and during the war years."
We are honoured to have the support of Kenneth A MacKinnon RD WS, Lord-Lieutenant for Argyll & Bute as our Patron
Our logo, kindly designed for us by Ian Gowdie, depicts a central brown gun barrel to symbolises the wartime sacrifice and remembrance aspect of the museum while the white doves represent the peace aspect. The aircraft propeller reminds us of the Coastal Command personnel engaged in flying boat activities in the area during the war years.