Angus CouncilConservation SectionInfrastructure Services Planning & TransportCounty Buildings Market StreetForfarDD8 3LGTel: 01307 473265
This is your opportunity to discover the hidden architectural gems of Angus - and all for free!
Doors Open Days in Angus runs alongside Angus Heritage Week (5-12 September).Many more events are on offer, lots are free, and have been listed below, but for the full programme please visit www.angusheritage.com
This underground relic of the Cold War is one of only two refurbished Royal Observer Corp posts open for access in Scotland and includes a collection of its original equipment and instrumentation.
A body known as the United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation (UKWMO) was set up in 1957 to collate the information received from the Royal Observer Corps (ROC) to warn the population of any impending air attack. Had the UK come under nuclear attack, a network of some 1500 small 3-man underground bunkers (approximately 1 every 12 miles) manned by thousands of trained local volunteer Observers would have come into their own.
The ROC posts were designed to monitor nuclear bursts and subsequent fall-out on the United Kingdom. In reporting the data to the UKWMO, the valuable information would have helped construct a picture of the effects on the country and been used to assist the survivors. Changes in technology and world politics led to Parliament announcing the stand down of the ROC in September 1991. A surface museum has now been established displaying memorabilia relating to the former ROC. In addition there is a collection of material from the ROC's original role of aircraft identification and reporting from 1925-1945 and the remains of the reporting Post.
Pre-booking is absolutely essential. Tour times on Saturday and Sunday. Precise times will be advised when booking.
Booking Information: please contact Cheryl Stewart on Cheryl.email@example.com or Ring 07791 395976 before 31 August to reserve a place.
Access is via a 15ft vertical steel ladder down a narrow shaft. Viewing restricted to 8 people at a time.Tours will be conducted by ex-ROC personnel.
Regrettably this event is not suitable for people with mobility difficulties or who are uncomfortable in confined spaces. Children must be ten years of age or above. Limited toilet facilities.
Directions:- Directions to the site at Elliot and tour times will be given when booking.
The Abbey Theatre Club has been in its current location since 1964. Originally an old 'hackle' store, the distinctive sandstone building had also been used as the offices of the Old Arbroath Gas Company and a fire appliance store during the war. Extensive renovations turned this derelict building into a working theatre.
Following a complete refurbishment in 1995 with the help of National Lottery Funding, the theatre now boasts a 79 seater auditorium, full backstage dressing facilities, 2 coffee-lounges and extensive storage space for scenery, props and costumes.
The Abbey Theatre Club produces 6 plays per year, including a pantomime which is often a completely original production. Productions cover a wide range of tastes, from Scots comedies to thrillers and musical plays. The Club also has an active youth group.
Run as a charity with no outside funding, the running of the Abbey Theatre Club and the upkeep of the building is the effort and responsibility of a very hard working group of volunteers who are passionate aboutt the theatre.
Tours of backstage area.
Directions: From Kirk Square (Angus Council Access Office), head east towards Hill Place, cont. onto Academy Street towards Ponderlaw Street, turn left into Barber's Croft which follows onto Convent Street, then take 2nd right into Abbot St.
For further details please contact www.theabbeytheatre.org or phone 01241 876420
The Airlie Monument stands on Tulloch Hill. The monument was erected to commemorate the death of Lord Lieutenant-Colonel David William Stanley Ogilvy, The 11th Earl of Airlie who was killed at the battle of Diamond Hill, near Pretoria on 11th June 1900 whilst commanding 12th (the Prince of Wales Royal) Lancers.
The Monument is category B listed.
Take the B955 road from Kirriemuir to Glen Prosen. Travel for about 5 miles towards Dykehead on the B955. After reaching Dykehead – travel past the hotel on the right, veer off to the left – sign posted Glen Prosen.
The Airlie Monument is accessed from a small car park just off the road on the right hand-side at a sharp bend at the entrance to the glen about1.5 mls from Dykehead.
It is a reasonably steep climb through woods to the top of the hill where the monument is situated, but not strenuous and will take about 30 mins to climb up actual hill where monument is situated.
Those visiting the Monument are allowed access internally and to the roof which affords breathtaking views of the glens and surrounding area. Maximum of six people in the tower at any one time. If busy the time permitted will be reduced to 15 minutes.
Please visit www.airlieestates.com for further information
FREE - PHOTO EXTRAVAGANZA
Come along and explore the fabulous Angus Photographic Collection. Some of the team's favourite items will be on display along with some unexpected coverage such as Edwardian Norway and Victorian Australia.
Advice will be available on the day on how to date old photographs.
To book a consultation contact 01307-468644 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshments will be available.
For more information and location maps visit http://www.arbirlotandcarmylliechurches.org.uk/
or contact Graham McNicoll on 01241 873915
Arbroath Harbour Fishmarket Quay, Arbroath DD11 1PD At Arbroath Harbour, next to the new Arbroath Harbour Visitor Centre which is located at Fishmarket Quay. Parking at Arbroath Harbour. From the town take the A92 dual carriageway towards Dundee, follow Dundee Road. Exit to lifeboat station is at roundabout to the left at Ladyloan. Parking is available directly opposite the lifeboat station (some disabled parking ranks).
1803 - Arbroath lifeboat station was established and is one of the oldest in Scotland. The first lifeboat was built by Henry Greathead, who in 1789 had built the Original which was the first boat to be designed and built for the purpose of saving life from shipwreck. In 1865 the station was taken over by the R.N.L.I., and a new boathouse built at East Grimsby. In 1932 a new boathouse and slipway were built on the south side of the harbour for the station's first motor lifeboat. In August 1968 an inshore lifeboat station was established with a D class lifeboat. In 1986 an extension to the boathouse was completed, providing a new boat store for the D class and improved crew facilities. In 1993 the boathouse and slipway were modified for the station's new Mersey class lifeboat and in 1997 a 10m extension to the slipway was completed.
Dependant on numbers, a tour of the lifeboat itself may be available.
This year the building is being opened by the Arbroath Courthouse Action Group in-conjunction with the Scottish Court Service.
It would be helpful if you could contact Lynn Cameron at Mackay's Boatyard on 01241 872879 if you are intending on visiting although you can also turn up without booking.
The group are currently assessing how other communities have tackled similar projects and have been active in finalising a proposed constitution.
Notes for Info.
Parking is available in Angus Council car parks on Marketgate and High Street with others also close by.
Image (c) www. scran.ac.uk
War Memorials vary in scale and design, but few have the presence of the tower on Balmashanner Hill, known locally as Boammie. Built between 1920 and 1921 to the design of T.R. Soutar, and erected in the memory of the "Men of Forfar and District who fell in the Great War 19-14-18" this war memorial is a battlemented and turreted tower of local sandstone which rises 572 feet a mile south of the centre of Forfar, with access gained by tracts from the east (Lour Road) and the west (Dundee Road) and is a prominent landmark, visible from a considerable distance.
It is very similar in outline to the 1901 Airlie Monument on Tulloch Hill, Glen Prosen which is also taking part in Doors Open Day.
The high vantage point affords extensive views over the Vale of Strathmore to the west and the Braes of Angus to the north. Close to the War Memorial is an indicator gifted to the town in 1929 by James Anderson, a Forfar businessman and financier which describes the names and heights of the mountains in the surrounding hills.
Re-opened after restoration works in 2011/12. Climb the 86 steps to the top of the monyment to enjoy the spectacular views. If it is a clear day you will be able to view Airlie Monument on Tulloch Hill opposite.
There is no vehicular access to the building and care should be taken when parking on nearby roads to not obstruct the flow of traffic. Please avoid parking at the entrances to the paths. Unsuitable access for wheelchairs.
Carmyllie Heritage Society will display old photos and documents from c.1840 to c.1970 together with their publication, 'Carmyllie Its Land and People'. Members will be available to answer any queries. New members are most welcome. Refreshments will be served.
For more information and location maps visit
Or contact Anne Law on email@example.com
Carmyllie Church was refurbished in 1874 although the present building dates back to 1609. Its most famous minister was Rev Patrick Bell who invented the reaping machine which is commemorated in the stained glass windows. Old photographs, artefacts, and historical information, including details of Carmyllie Heritage’s forthcoming publication “Carmyllie Parish, Land and its People 1850-1970” will be on display. There is a fragment of the Laird's pew dated 1657.
Documented stained glass windows by Stephen Adam in memory of Patrick Bell, the inventor of the reaper.
More info available from Rev Stewart Lamont on 01241 879800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information and location maps visit http://www.arbirlotandcarmylliechurches.org.uk/
Carmyllie is located off the B961 approximately 7 miles from Arbroath. Limited parking on roadside.
For further information contact Anne Law on email@example.com
or visit www.arbirlotandcarmylliechurches.org.uk
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Tel: 0141 221 1466, Fax: 0141 248 6952,Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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