PIRATES took over an Ayr art gallery last week as Rozelle House opened up a new exhibition transforming into a pirate ship.

“A Pirate’s Life for Me” will be Scotland’s only full exhibit into the world of fictional and real life prates.

Created by the V&A Museum of Childhood, the free exhibition is set to be interactive and work created in partnership with children.

Using museum objects to engage learning, it will create an experience that families can enjoy together.

This is the V&A Museum of Childhood’s first major exhibition to focus on fictional pirates and their influence in popular culture.

Developed in collaboration with children, the exhibitions immersive and playful set design takes young visitors into an imaginary swashbuckling world of adventure where they will travel from a moody coastal inn to a tropical treasure island in search of sparkling riches. At its heart a large scale-pirate ship inspires learning through active play.

Councillor Cap’n Brian McGinley, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure said: “Hosting this fantastic exhibition is another strong addition to our cultural bow. South Ayrshire Council is successfully developing a suite of cultural exhibitions and events that visitors can enjoy and residents can be proud of.

“This exhibition is another example of the Council’s determination to make the most of South Ayrshire’s history, assets and talents.

“I am sure that this will be enjoyed by many and will prove to be a huge success”.

Highlights include the first painting of Captain Pugwash, an original illustrated costume designed for Captain Hook for the first production of Peter Pan in 1904, Lego’s iconic Black Seas Barracuda ship and real eighteenth century Spanish doubloons.