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Angus Folk Museum Reopens

Posted onApril 9, 2014

Angus Folk Museum Reopens

Angus Folk Museum Reopens

The museum which provides an insight into rural life and farming in Angus two centuries ago can now re-open to the public.

The museum, which provides a fascinating insight into rural life and farming in Angus two centuries ago, had to close last summer after safety concerns relating to its roof emerged.

However, following the introduction of new safety measures onsite, including the installation of new slate catchers, the museum can now re-open to the public.

Angus Folk Museum Property Manager John McKenna said:

“It is fantastic to be throwing open the doors of this wee Angus gem once again. We know that the museum was much missed last summer by locals and those from further afield too, so we’re looking forward to welcoming all these fantastic supporters over the next few months.”

Graeme Dey MSP has been a staunch supporter of the museum. He said:

“The Folk Museum is an integral part of what Glamis and, indeed, Angus has to offer visitors to the area. I’m delighted to see it re-opening and would encourage anyone interested in gaining an insight into what rural life was like in the county to pay it a visit.’’

The Angus Folk Museum opens on 5 April. It is open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 11.30am until 4.30pm until 30 June, from when it will be open Thursday until Monday from 10.30am until 4.30pm. Entry is free for National Trust for Scotland members.

Have fairy nice time at House of Dun

Posted onAugust 13, 2012

Have fairy nice time at House of Dun

Regular visitors to the National Trust for Scotland’s House of Dun near Montrose already know the place is a little bit magical, but now there is proof that fairies have moved in.

Over the past few weeks, eagle-eyed younger visitors have been spotting fairies in all sorts of nooks and crannies, all over the stunning A listed Georgian country house.

Apparently, the fairies came to the house to be sold in the shop, but they quickly took flight and hid themselves all round the property.

Property Manager John McKenna said:

“The fairies obviously love it at House of Dun. They can feel that there is a touch of magic in the air. We need our younger visitors to help us keep track of the fairies and make sure that they don’t fly off into too much mischief.”

The fairy hunt is underway every day at the house throughout August, from 11.00am until 5.00pm.


Angus heritage gems gear up for spring

Posted onMarch 26, 2012

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.

John continued:

“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.


Mother’s Day is a Dun thing

Posted onMarch 2, 2012

Mother’s Day is a Dun thing

The National Trust for Scotland’s House of Dun is recognising the hard work of the mums of Angus this Mother’s Day by giving them a very special treat – free entry into the historic property.

On Sunday 18 March, the house will open especially to welcome deserving mothers into its spacious rooms. After a free tour around the spectacular property, mums can head over to Café Dun to be presented with a special menu and their very own corsage. With the gardens still covered with flowering snowdrops, a walk through the grounds is the perfect way to round off an enchanting day.

Property Manager John McKenna said:

“Mothering Sunday in Scotland dates back to the 16th century, so by treating your mum at the House of Dun this year, you’re celebrating an old Scottish tradition as well as saying a big thank you! I hope this event will give people the chance to truly spoil their mums, in return for all they do on every other day of the year.”

The house opens from 12.00 to 17.00 on Sunday 18 March, with the last tour leaving at 16.30. Normal entry prices apply to those accompanying mothers.

The House of Dun re-opens for visitors on 31 March. The gardens and grounds are open daily.


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