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

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Mortuary Chapel

14 September 2019

The Mortuary Chapel was designed by Patrick Allan-Fraser as a memorial to his late wife Elizabeth and her deceased parents John Fraser and Elizabeth Parrot Fraser. Work began in 1875 based on an outline plan by Allan-Fraser to which he added details as building progressed. Everyone who visits quickly realises that this is a remarkable building, possibly the most unusual and most instantly appealing of the many fine buildings within Arbroath. However, it is also very important on a national scale. It could claim to be one of the best buildings of its date in Scotland. The building is also notable for its eclectic mix of styles, including reference to Scottish, English and possibly other precedents from East European Gothic. Every part of the building is important because every part received great care in design. Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Royal Observer Corps Post Museum

14-15 September 2019

A relic of the Cold War when the volunteers of the former Royal Observer Corps trained to monitor instruments to alert the public and transmit vital readings to their Headquarters throughout the country should a nuclear attack have taken place. A guided tour will take you 15 feet down a vertical ladder to the underground Monitoring Room where a detailed talk is given on the Operational Procedures at that time. Now that the Cold War Era is history we can talk about the important role of the Royal Observer Corps and reveal the fully equipped underground bunker as it was. Above ground an introductory talk is given, also above ground is an exhibition room housing much memorabilia, instruments are also demonstrated. The tour also includes the Royal Observer Corp’s first role of identifying and reporting aircraft during WW11 with instruments of the day again demonstrated by the Team.

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William Lamb Studio

14 September 2019

The William Lamb Studio was built by William Lamb A.R.S.A. as his working Studio in 1934. It – and his artworks – was bequeathed to Montrose on his death in 1951. Since 1978 it has been run as a small gallery museum and contains an outstanding collection of Lamb’s internationally important works – sculptures in stone, wood, plaster & bronze as well as etchings, watercolours and portfolios of preparatory drawings. His portraits and figurative people cover not just the ordinary fisher-people at their work – but the celebrities – Hugh MacDiarmid, Violet Jacob, Edward Baird, Alfred Hollins & David Foggie. Plus his royal commissions too – the late Queen Elizabeth and her daughters the Princesses Margaret Rose (2) and Elizabeth (6) cast in 1933. Friends will act as guides to the collections and talk about the people, great and small, and Lamb’s extraordinary life and artworks.

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