The Savings Banks Museum

The birthplace of the world savings bank movement.

Visit this 200-year-old cottage and take a step back in time... Our Museum is located in the very room in which Henry Duncan conducted the Bank’s business every week.

A man of many talents The Museum also illustrates the remarkable life and achievements of the Revd Dr Henry Duncan (1774–1846), ‘Father’ of the savings bank movement.


Author & publisher - Henry Duncan’s publications reflect the impressive breadth of his knowledge and interests. He founded two local newspapers and published a number of scholarly articles and books.

Artist - He was a talented artist whose drawings skilfully capture the Ruthwell of his time.

Geologist - His interest in geology led to the identification of the first quadruped fossil footprints to be found in sandstone in Britain.

Philanthropist - Duncan dedicated his life to helping the poorest in society improve their lot.

Come and find out more about this extraordinary man, and his vision for a better society.

Opening Times: April to September Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00 – 16.00

Bank Holidays: 10.00 – 16.00

October to March Thursday – Saturday: 10.00 – 16.00

Closed: 25th – 26th December and 1st January.

A few things to note: We welcome group visits. We love to get out and about too, so give us a call if you’d like one of us to come and speak at an event or with a group. We’re only small, so opening times may vary. Call: 01387 870 640. Savings Banks Museum, Ruthwell, Dumfries, DG1 4NN

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