The John Buchan Story


The John Buchan Story
The Chambers Institution
EH45 8AG Peebles


The John Buchan Story explores the life and writing of a national figure within both a Scottish and UK context, showing the variety and scale of his personal experience and literary output. Through his prolific writing and by his many and varied contributions to public life, Buchan was a highly influential figure, particularly during the inter-war period. His final role as Governor General of Canada, and the popularity of film adaptations of his novel, The Thirty Nine Steps, have also helped give him an international reputation which continues to this day. As a novelist, historian, journalist, politician, soldier and public servant, his influence can be seen in numerous areas of the first half of the twentieth century. This fascinating museum also portrays his family’s broader associations with Peebles and illustrates some of their achievements. The John Buchan Story is housed within the Chambers Institution, which is also home to the Tweeddale Museum and Art Gallery.

Opening times:

Easter until end of October (Mon-Sat 10am-4.30pm), adults £2, children free

(Museum closes over the winter but can be open by arrangement)

For visiting group arrangements, call 01899 830395, or email



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