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Our Doors Open Days weekend is 14th and 15th September.

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Balmashanner War Memorial

14-15 September 2019

The monument on Balmashanner Hill, known locally as “Bummie”, was built in 1920/1. A plaque above the entrance reads ‘Their name liveth for evermore. Erected in Memory of the men of Forfar and District who fell in the Great War 1914-18’. There’s also a roll call plaque on the wall inside. The building was dedicated by Queen Mary on the 11th September, 1921 and comprises a square tower, with battlements and turret, built from local sandstone. It is a listed building, designed by T R Soutar, architect and constructed by Alexander Adamson and David Stewart. On a clear day there are excellent views over Forfar, surrounding farmland, and the Valley of Strathmore to the Braes of Angus beyond. Nearby stands an indicator which gives the names and heights of the nearby hills and mountains.

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Barry Mill

14-15 September 2019

Peaceful Barry Mill might be a haven of tranquility now, but it was once the beating heart of a 19th-century rural community. The water-powered mill produced oatmeal and animal feed, as well as providing work for local people, right up until 1982. Step inside the mill and discover how engineering ingenuity provided a means to save the ‘daily grind’ of producing your own flour and meal. These ideas gave birth to the machinery of the industrial revolution. Learn how trade shifted from a bartering system to monetary exchange. See the different types of food that people have lived on over the centuries, and watch the wheel turn and machinery move every day the mill is open – just as it’s done for generations. Barry Mill is now one of only a handful of mills powered by water. Rebuilt after a fire around 1814, it is probably the largest and finest example of its type still in operation in Scotland.

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Hospitalfield House

14-15 September 2019

Hospitalfield runs a highly regarding programme of artists’ residencies and actively commissions new work by contemporary artists. Visitors are actively encouraged to access the house and grounds through tours of the interiors, walks in the garden and grounds, and learning and public events celebrating contemporary art and heritage. Hospitalfield derives its name from the monastic designation of this site in the 13th-century as a hospital for pilgrims travelling to Arbroath Abbey. In the 19th-century the House was established as one of Scotland’s earliest Art Schools following the bequest of Hospitalfield House by Patrick Allen-Fraser. Patrick and his wife Elizabeth developed Hospitalfield House as the architectural marvel that exists today; consolidating the existing monastic settlement into one of the finest examples of the Arts & Crafts style in Scotland. The building is full of elaborate carving depicting the natural world in wood and masonry, and houses impressive historic collections of fine art, furniture and textiles. The exterior is rendered in carved sandstone, demonstrating astonishing craftsmanship. An Artist’s House, our guiding priorities are supporting artists and developing audiences for contemporary art through our programme. Hospitalfield is a place to work, study, learn, visit and enjoy.

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Inglis Memorial Hall & Library

14-15 September 2019

In 1898, Lieutenant Colonel Robert William Inglis, the son of a local minister, gifted the Inglis Memorial Hall and its library to Edzell. Come and view an original Victorian library, find out how it worked and how it served the people of Edzell. Explore the audio visual presentation featuring the Colonel and his family, the building and opening of the hall and library and places to visit in and around Edzell. The library’s collection is a fascinating glimpse into a unique survival of a late Victorian library, reflecting what was considered of interest and importance in both fiction and non-fiction. The loan records for the first half of the twentieth century also survived, showing what the public liked to borrow. A digitised catalogue, Cotgreave Indicator, is available for researchers and includes a scanned image of the cover and a sample page.

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  • Gillian Black
  • Angus Council