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McManus Collections Unit Doors Open Day

Posted onSeptember 17, 2014

McManus Collections Unit Doors Open Day

McManus Collections Unit Doors Open Day

We whisked around four local properties over the weekend as part of Doors Open Day and as training for our TV school students. After Camperdown House we headed to the McManus Collections Unit in Barrack Street where Christina Donald explained a little more about the work of the unit and the public display to mark 450 years of The Howff graveyard. Coming up after that we took a look inside St Marys Tower in Dundee.

Doors open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish civic Trust. It runs throughout Scotland every September as part of European Heritage days.  A number of Leisure and Culture Dundee’s cultural venues celebrated the national event and we began our whistlestop tour in the ground of Camperdown Country Park. All camera and sound recording was carried out by members of our TV school experiencing their first time out of a studio environment and what’s like to record a number of events in a day on different locations. Thanks again to the all the Dundee City Council Leisure and Culture staff we met today and who assisted us with the filming.

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Doors Open Day Perth Soutar House

Posted onSeptember 17, 2014

Doors Open Day Perth Soutar House

Doors Open Day Perth Soutar House

Filming this afternoon with Dr Nicola Cowmeadow, Local History Officer for Perth and Kinross Council at Soutar House, which will be open to the public for the first time in five years this Saturday 20 September, 10am – 4pm, as part of Doors Open Day. Soutar House is the family home of William Soutar, Perth’s famous poet who was born in Perth in 1898. An accomplished writer, poet and diarist Soutar was struck down by illness at a young age and spent the last 13 years of his life confined to bed in the house on Wilson Street. Most notable writers of Soutar’s day called at the house and found him alert and welcoming but increasingly immobile. The house remains as a permanent memorial to his life and work.
Visitors can see Soutar’s room and appreciate his life in Perth through the exhibition, art and of course his own words in every room. Readings of his poetry in Scots will be given by the Friends of William Soutar throughout the day. Please contact localstudies@pkc.gov.uk or call 01738 477069 for more information.

Camperdown House Doors Open Day

Posted onSeptember 15, 2014

Camperdown House Doors Open Day

Camperdown House Doors Open Day

We whisked around four local properties over the weekend as part of Doors Open Day and as training for our TV school students. Camperdown House is a property I’ve visited many times since the 1980’s. Back then when there was a caretaker on site I was allowed through the entire house and the old kitchen (which was below where the toilets are now). I heard about the plans for a first floor cinema which had to be put on hold because of the structural condition of the building, visited the gun room and went up on the roof – which of course was repaired in later years. Its a pity more cannot be done with the house and indeed it does warrant far more attention than a four minute film so who knows maybe we’ll return and film a more complete piece – next time its open !

Doors open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish civic Trust. It runs throughout Scotland every September as part of European Heritage days.  A number of Leisure and Culture Dundee’s cultural venues celebrated the national event and we began our whistlestop tour in the ground of Camperdown Country Park. All camera and sound recording was carried out by members of our TV school experiencing their first time out of a studio environment and what’s like to record a number of events in a day on different locations. Thanks again to the all the Dundee City Council Leisure and Culture staff we met today and who assisted us with the filming.

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Doors Open Day The Vine Roseangle

Posted onSeptember 14, 2014

Doors Open Day The Vine Roseangle

Doors Open Day The Vine Roseangle

Our last visit this afternoon on Dundee’s second Doors Open Day was to The Vine in Roseangle. Now while Peter Menzies and his staff offer you the opportunity to rent meeting room and function suite facilities, set in a deluxe 1836 Georgian Town House in the West End of Dundee, this afternoon they were host to a special Art Exhibition and collection of documents collected by Dundee author Andrew David Doyle. Andrew who has written 14 books took time to explain how his collection began, a painting which may be destined for the Scottish Parliament and some of his books which include an account of a German spy operating in Dundee during the war.

Doors open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish civic Trust. It runs throughout Scotland every September as part of European Heritage days.  Our picture shows Andrew David Doyle being interviewed in The Vine during the exhibition today.  The video will be on line soon.

Doors Open Day Broughty Castle Museum

Posted onSeptember 14, 2014

Doors Open Day Broughty Castle Museum

Doors Open Day Broughty Castle Museum

Our first visit this afternoon on Dundee’s second Doors Open Day was to the Broughty Castle Museum. Andy Fenwick showed us through the building. Doors open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish civic Trust. It runs throughout Scotland every September as part of European Heritage days.  A number of Leisure and Culture Dundee’s cultural venues celebrated the national event. Thanks again to the all the Dundee City Council Leisure and Culture staff we met today and who assisted us with the filming. Our picture shows Andy Fenwick being interviewed in the Art Gallery level. Spread over 4 floors, Broughty Castle Museum houses fascinating displays on the life and times of Broughty Ferry, its people, the environment and wildlife that lives close by. The video will be on line soon.

Doors Open Day The Old Steeple Dundee

Posted onSeptember 13, 2014

Doors Open Day The Old Steeple Dundee

Doors Open Day The Old Steeple Dundee

Our last visit today was to The Old Steeple in the Nethergate Dundee. Carly Cooper showed us through the building. The last time I had visited this building was in the year 2000 for the Time Capsule series and at that time we were unable to film in the 6 levels of the tower. Today however was one of the few days of the year that the tower is now open to the public so this time we were able to record our visit to what is one of the last standing links to medieval Dundee. Unfortunately summer tours have now ended but you can get some idea of the building in our video.

Its been a busy day as members of the TV School accompanied the Dundee Channel crew round Doors Open Day in Dundee. Doors open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish civic Trust. It runs throughout Scotland every September as part of European Heritage days.  A number of Leisure and Culture Dundee’s cultural venues celebrated the national event. All camera and sound recording was carried out by members of our TV school experiencing their first time out of a studio environment and what’s like to record a number of events in a day on different locations. This also allowed us to record some behind the scenes footage which can begin to show you some of the preparation and behind the scenes work which goes on during filming. Thanks again to the all the Dundee City Council Leisure and Culture staff we met today and who assisted us with the filming. Our picture shows tour guide Carly Cooper being interviewed in the Artifacts Room after we’ve climbed the 233 steps up and down the tower – filming all of the way . The video will be on line soon.

 

 

Doors Open Day Camperdown House

Posted onSeptember 13, 2014

Doors Open Day Camperdown House

Doors Open Day Camperdown House

Its been a busy day as members of the TV School accompanied the Dundee Channel crew round Doors Open Day in Dundee. Doors open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish civic Trust. It runs throughout Scotland every September as part of European Heritage days.  A number of Leisure and Culture Dundee’s cultural venues celebrated the national event and we began our whistlestop tour in the ground of Camperdown Country Park this morning. All camera and sound recording was carried out by members of our TV school experiencing their first time out of a studio environment and what’s like to record a number of events in a day on different locations. This also allowed us to record some behind the scenes footage which can begin to show you some of the preparation and behind the scenes work which goes on during filming. Thanks again to the all the Dundee City Council Leisure and Culture staff we met today and who assisted us with the filming. Our picture shows Jacqueline on sound and Kieran setting up the camera as Scott prepares a piece to camera. The video will be on line soon.

Doors Open Day 2014 at cultural venues in Dundee

Posted onSeptember 9, 2014

Doors Open Day 2014 at cultural venues in Dundee

Doors Open Day 2014 at cultural venues in Dundee

 

Doors Open Day 2014 at cultural venues in Dundee

A number of Leisure and Culture Dundee’s cultural venues will soon be celebrating the national event – Doors Open Day!

Doors Open Day at The Old Steeple
Saturday 13 September, Drop-in 10am-3pm and Guided Tours at 10.30-11.30am & 1-2pm
Drop in to the ground floor to see an amazing collection of medieval gravestones. Meet curators from The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum to find out more about these fascinating objects; or climb the Steeple itself on one of our informative guided tours.
Free. The Old Steeple, St Mary’s Tower, Overgate, Dundee
Booking for the Guided Tours is essential on (01382) 307200. Please note that guided tours are strenuous and are not suitable for under 5s or visitors with restricted mobility. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Doors Open Day at The McManus Collections Unit
Saturday 13 September, 11am-3pm and Sunday 14 September, 1-3pm
Drop in to meet our friendly staff to find out more about the City’s collections held at McManus Collections Unit. On Saturday 13th, join zoo archaeologist Catherine Smith from Ardler Archaeology to learn more about animals in Tudor times, and see what you can find in the ‘Digging Box’. Over the weekend, visitors can also see a special display of objects relating to the 450th Anniversary of the Howff Graveyard. Before you leave the Collections Unit, pick up one of our free maps you can use to explore The Howff.
Free. The McManus Collections Unit, Barrack Street, Dundee, DD1 1PG
No need to book, just drop in.

Doors Open Day at Broughty Castle Museum
Saturday 13 September, 11am-3pm and Sunday 14 September, 1-3pm
Drop in during Doors Open Day for a unique opportunity to view the Castle’s Magazine and find out more about its interesting history. Built in 1496 on a rocky promontory, Broughty Castle has faced many sieges and battles.
Free. Broughty Castle Museum, Castle Approach, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 2TF
No need to book, just drop in.

Doors Open Day at Camperdown House
Saturday 13 September, 11am-3pm and Sunday 14 September, 1-3pm
Join us to view the magnificent ground floor interiors of Camperdown House. Set in beautiful parkland surroundings in Camperdown Country Park, the House was erected in 1824-1828 by Admiral Duncan’s son and heir, Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Duncan of Camperdown and designed by leading Edinburgh architect, William Burn.
Free. Camperdown House, Camperdown Country Park, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee
No need to book, just drop in.

Family Fun at Angus Heritage Week

Posted onSeptember 5, 2014

Family Fun at Angus Heritage Week

Family Fun at Angus Heritage Week

Angus Heritage Week 2014, which runs from 5-12 September, is packed full of fun events which add a new and exciting dimension to the history, traditions, culture, people and even buildings of this corner of Scotland.

From 4-6 September, Brechin Amateur Operatic Society (BAOS) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a concert showcasing musical numbers from its many hit shows over the last half century. The cast features the talents of a large number of local singers and dancers, including five of the original members of BAOS, who appeared in the group’s first production, Bless The Bride, in 1964.

Doors Open Days on the weekend of 6/7 September offer a rare chance to go behind the scenes at several high-profile Angus premises, including Arbroath Lifeboat Station, the Guide Dog Training School in Forfar and Kinnaird Castle, family home to the Earls of Southesk. There will also be opportunities to study cars, motorbikes, tractors and fire engines from days gone by at Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club’s Glamis headquarters, participate in children’s activities at Pictavia Visitor Centre near Brechin, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre and Montrose Basin Visitor Centre or try a new sport at Forfar Indoor Sports.

The organisers of Angus Heritage Week have also revealed that, following a tip-off, it is highly suspected that, on Sunday, 7 September, the Caledonian Railway will be the scene of a swashbuckling crime! Apparently, a gang of shipwrecked pirates will attempt to hold passengers travelling on the railway line between Brechin and Bridge of Dun to ransom in an attempt to pay for a new galleon. Rumour has it that the dastardly buccaneers will also be hoping to sign up new recruits and have even offered a prize for the best dressed pirate!

A 16th century monk will be making a special appearance at Arbroath Abbey on the afternoon of Friday, 12 September when he will lead a guided tour of the historic site. Having lived, worked and worshipped in Arbroath Abbey before it became a ruin, this medieval man of religion knows all there is to know about life in Arbroath Abbey 400 years ago and is keen to share his specialist knowledge with modern day visitors.

“Angus Heritage Week celebrates our county’s unique and fascinating past,” said the Provost of Angus, Cllr Helen Oswald. “The extensive programme features a range of family activities and special events with that unbeatable combination of fun and facts, which adds up to a great day out for everyone, of all ages.”

The full programme for Angus Heritage Week 2014 can be found at www.angusheritage.com/heritageweek or pick up a copy of the Angus Heritage Week Event Guide at leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife.

Caption: Pirates will be causing havoc at The Caledonian Railway in Brechin on Sunday, 7 September

Credit: Photo courtesy of www.angusheritage.com

Discover The Story of Angus

Posted onAugust 19, 2014

Discover The Story of Angus

Discover The Story of Angus

The rich story of Angus, past and present, steps into the spotlight next month, when Angus Heritage Week 2014 is celebrated across the county from 5-12 September.

councillor alex king

“Angus Heritage Week highlights the history, heritage, culture and traditions of Angus with 38 events in castles, museums, mansions, libraries, colleges and visitor attractions across the county,” said Cllr Alex King, Depute Provost of Angus. “Several events will take place outside, including expert-led guided tours of Monifieth Graveyard, the Victorian reservoir at Crombie Country Park and Arbroath Harbour.

“Angus Heritage Week is an excellent way to find out more about Angus in days gone by and also, as it incorporates Doors Open Days, to explore some of the most interesting buildings in our county.”

Doors Open Days is co-ordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and, in Angus, takes place over the first weekend of Angus Heritage Week 2014 – September 6 and 7. Doors Open Days provide free access to historic, contemporary and unusual buildings and, this year, feature 26 Angus premises and, through the Open Gates programme, two beautiful gardens.

The Inglis Memorial Library in Edzell is taking part in Doors Open Days for the first time. This stunning 19th century building was built by Lieutenant Colonel RW Inglis in memory of his parents. Considered one of the finest examples of a Victorian public library in the UK, the Inglis Memorial Library has recently been restored and features the 6,000 books which were available for lending when the library opened in 1898.

Another new addition to the Doors Open Days programme is Forfar Indoor Sports. As well as being able to tour the sports complex, which features a curling rink, six-rink bowling arena, skating and roller skating facilities, Doors Open Days’ visitors will be able to try roller skating and bowling.

Montrose Basin Visitor Centre is also making its Doors Open Days debut. Entry to the award-winning Scottish Wildlife Trust visitor centre will be free on Saturday, 6 September, when visitors will be able watch the birds and seals at Montrose Basin Nature Reserve using the centre’s high-powered binoculars and telescopes.

Other events happening during the first weekend of Angus Heritage Week include a Tayroots Family History Day at Dundee & Angus College, Arbroath on September 5; Kirriemuir Festival of Music & Song from Friday, 5 September until Sunday, 7 September; and pirates holding the Caledonian Railway to ransom during a fun family day at Brechin Railway Station on Sunday, 7 September.

Angus Heritage Week events continue throughout the next week – full details can be found at www.angusheritage.com/heritageweek or pick up a copy of the Angus Heritage Week Event Guide at leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife.


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