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Angus heritage gems gear up for spring
Work is underway at the National Trust for Scotland’s properties across the Angus area, as staff and volunteers prepare to welcome visitors once again.
The House of Dun near Montrose, Angus Folk Museum in Glamis and JM Barrie’s Birthplace in Kirriemuir all re-open to the public in April.
The first to cast off its dust covers is the House of Dun. The stunning Adams’ designed Georgian country house is opening on 31 March.
Property Manager John McKenna said:
“As ever, we have a packed programme of events on offer at the House of Dun. It all kicks off over the Easter weekend with our Cadbury Easter Egg Trail. And also on Good Friday we have a concert featuring Vienna Horn players direct from Austria. We are delighted to welcome back The Vienna Horns to Dun. Their last performance was simply stunning and we are eagerly awaiting their return – if you are a music lover, then this event is a must!”
The two-hour concert starts at 7:30pm, when a selection of traditional Austrian nibbles will be served, with a complementary glass of wine. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the night – child tickets are £4 and family tickets £20. For further information, please call 01674 810264 or book online at www.nts.org.uk/events.
The Easter Egg Trails run from Good Friday, 6 April to Easter Monday, 9 April from 12 noon till 4pm.
Angus Folk Museum is also getting ready for a busy visitor season. Over the winter months, the museum which gives visitors the chance to learn about Scotland’s rural history and the lives of Scottish people as they make a living from the land has been transformed with new information for visitors and atmospheric soundscapes. The museum has extended its opening hours this year and is open from 11.30am until 4.30pm on Sat, Sun, Mon until 30 June and from 10.30am until 4.30pm every day except Tuesday and Wednesday throughout July and August.
And at JM Barrie’s Birthplace in Kirriemuir, which re-opens on 31 March the team are getting ready to tell the story of one of Scotland’s most popular authors once again.
“We’re hoping for another busy season at both the Angus Folk Museum and Barrie’s Birthplace. Although small, these places are packed with the history and heritage of Angus. I hope that people who haven’t visited in a while pop in to see what’s going on this summer – the team will be delighted to have them and share their expert knowledge of these important places.”
Admission to all properties is free for National Trust for Scotland members. Charges apply for non-members.
For full opening and admission details, visit www.nts.org.uk.
Charity appeals for help in fighting for the future of our past
Letters will be arriving at thousands of households across Angus today as conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland launches its latest appeal.
Trust members and all others interested in protecting the nation’s heritage are being asked to find £15 to donate towards the charity’s “I’m in it for the Future” Fund.
The appeal aims to raise vital funds – at least £110,000 is required – which the trust needs if it is to continue its work of maintaining, conserving and restoring some of Scotland’s most precious buildings, gardens and landscapes, ensuring they survive to be appreciated and treasured by future generations.
The Trust’s Chief Executive, Kate Mavor said:
“Places like the Angus Folk Museum, JM Barrie’s Birthplace and the House of Dun are part of the fabric of the nation, and each in its own way tells the stories of how we in Scotland came to be who we are now. For that reason, we cannot afford to take any of this rich heritage for granted and assume someone else will always take responsibility for it.
“In my letter I have painted a nightmare scenario in which one of Scotland’s most iconic properties is allowed to fall into disrepair and eventually crumbles to a graffiti-ridden hulk, the memories, history and shared culture it represents lost forever. That has happened all too often in the past to all sorts of heritage properties. Even a small donation can prevent this prospect from becoming a reality.”
The costs incurred in looking after Scotland’s heritage are eyewatering: ?600,000 annually just to comply with legislation on routine jobs like boiler checks and fire alarm checks; ?400,000 a year to buy basic tools, plants and pest controls to protect collections – all before undertaking any major restoration projects.
Every penny raised through donations will go directly to the care of properties and landscapes. Just ?15 would buy 24 pairs of white gloves that Trust conservators use in handling delicate artefacts, ?30 would buy 25 tree saplings to be planted in beautiful gardens, ?100 would enable one metre of countryside pathway to be repaired and ?500 would pay for a chimney in one of the country’s grandest houses to be swept.
Kate Mavor added:
“As a charity we count on the generosity of hundreds of thousands of members who pay their subscriptions and often make other donations too – but the sheer scale of our responsibilities mean that we asking for just that little bit more.
“Members who are able to make a further donation to this appeal on top of their membership subscription will receive a limited edition car sticker as a small token of our thanks for their support. Also, people who donate by St Andrew’s Day on Wednesday, 30 November will be entered into a prize draw to win a holiday with the Trust.”
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