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Arbirlot Church
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14.09.13 (10am – 4pm) - 15.09.13 (11am – 4pm)
by Arbroath,  DD11 3NX
Arbirlot Church, formerly a satellite of Arbroath Abbey, was rebuilt in 1832, and features some exceptional windows, including one in the Arts & Crafts style.  Arbirlot takes its name from the River Elliot on whose north bank the church stands. 
Building Date: Rebuilt 1832

Arbirlot Church contact Rev Lamont 01241 879800

For more information and location maps visit http://www.arbirlotandcarmylliechurches.org.uk/

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Arbroath area: Carmyllie Parish Church
14.09.13 (10.00-16.00) - 15.09.13 (11.00-16.00)
by Arbroath,  DD11 2RA

 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 lamonts@lamonts.eu

For more information and location maps visit http://www.arbirlotandcarmylliechurches.org.uk/

Building Date: 1609

Carmyllie is located off the B961 approximately 7 miles from Arbroath.  Limited parking on roadside. 

Open as part of Angus Heritage Week - visit www.angusheritage.com for more information and other events during the week of 7 to 14 September.

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Arbroath: "Royal Observer Corps Post" Museum
14.09.13 - 15.09.13 (Booked tours only)
Arbroath Royal Observer Corps Post Museum, Arbroath

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.

Building Date: 1958

Pre-booking is absolutely essential.  Tour times on Saturday and Sunday at 11.00, 12.30, 14.00, & 15.30.  Precise times will be advised when booking.

Booking Information: please contact Cheryl Stewart on cheryl@tuesystems.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.

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Arbroath: Abbey Theatre
14.09.13 - 15.09.13 (12.00-16.00)
Abbot Street, Arbroath,  DD11 1HH
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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


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Arbroath: Fire Station
14.09.13 - 15.09.13 (10.00-13.00)
Ponderlaw Street, Arbroath,  DD11 1EU
Arbroath: Fire Station - Image 1

The current fire station opened in 1959 and replaced the one at Gravesend.  It is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by full-time and retained fire crews. A new training block has recently been built which allows training in a number of scenarios and working at height.  In addition to responding to emergencies, fire-fighters are also involved in community safety activities, primarily aimed at preventing deaths and injuries.  The geographical area is both urban and rural, being Arbroath and the surrounding farming area and small villages.

The station has 2 front-line appliances and a Foam Salvage Tender.  

Building Date: 1959


Please park across the road in the Medical Centre car park. 

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Arbroath: Hospitalfield House
14.09.13 - 15.09.13 (11.00-17.00)
Westway, Arbroath,  DD11 2NH
Arbroath: Hospitalfield House - Image 1

Left in trust for the visual arts by artist, estate owner and luminary Patrick Allan-Fraser in 1890, Hospitalfield House has cast a spell on artists, musicians and writers for over 100 years. Most leading Scottish artists have at sometime drawn inspiration from the historic red sandstone building decorated with beautifully detailed carvings and stonework, its tranquil gardens, the unique collection of art and craftsmanship and the fascinating narrative that draws all these aspects together. The original construction of fieldstone and lime mortar walls can still be seen on the South wing where the lime-harl remains visible.


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Architect: Patrick Allan-Fraser
Building Date: 13-19C

Everyone is welcome to join us as we open the House and grounds to the public…

Including works by:-William CobbingAnne-Marie CopestakeSiniša Labrovic Smith/Stewart

Access to the house and grounds is free.

The café is open throughout the weekend serving wonderful lunches and teas.

Heritage tours of the house: £4. Includes an introduction to the 19th century portrait collection by Duncan McLaren.
 EXCHANGE  is the title of the third Open Weekend event of 2013 and will be an opportunity to explore the house and grounds and to encounter a small group of carefully selected and installed contemporary artworks. For those who know the house well this is an opportunity to see it once again, perhaps through a new interpretation made possible through the works that have been selected for EXCHANGE. Hospitalfield Arts is pleased to present a weekend programme of work from invited artists and artists participating in the current Autumn Residency Programme. Hospitalfield has been a focus for contemporary art since the 1850s when Patrick Allan-Fraser commissioned works for his collection, his interest at this time was on self-portraiture. Leaving the house as he did, to be used by artists for the development of their work, the bequest has allowed the trust to support hundreds of artists through the last century. This legacy continues with the 12 international artists who are currently participating in the Autumn Residency Programme this September. EXCHANGE draws on the history of the house and reflects on the relationships which have shaped it. The ethos of exchange is central to the story of Hospitalfield. The elaborate buildings we see today were created because of Patrick and Elizabeth Allan-Fraser’s love and shared commitment to the project. The traces of exchange are clearly evident in the extraordinary bespoke commissioning which emerged from Allan-Frasers’ conversations and negotiations with the crafts people and artists with whom he developed long working relationships. Some of these exchanges are evidenced through the incoming correspondence we have in the archive including letters from Patrick Allan-Fraser’s Royal Academy peers asking for support, discussion and more time to complete the challenging open briefs that had been offered to them. Gazing up at the botanical detail of the 159 carvings on the Drawing Room ceiling (completed circa 1884), made from fruit wood, we can only reflect on how a ten-year project such as this, would come out of the exchange and discussion between the maker David Mavor and the commissioner Patrick Allan-Fraser. Taking exchange as a physical and conceptual point of departure, the contemporary works presented tackle ideas of offering, mirroring and control within the exchange. Westway, Arbroath, DD11 1NHLocated on the Westway, 500 metres from the junction with the A92. Turn down the tree lined drive.

Parking on the driveway, please park with care so as not to obstruct the flow of traffic.

Please note due to the historical nature of the house, there is disabled access to the ground floor only. Tel: 01241-656124

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Arbroath: Lifeboat Station
15.09.13 (11.00-16.00)
Arbroath Harbour, Arbroath,  DD10 8DD
Arbroath: Lifeboat Station - Image 1


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.

Building Date: 1865

Gift shop.

Dependant on numbers, a tour of the lifeboat itself may be available.


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Arbroath: Mortuary Chapel
14.09.13 (11.00-15.00)
Western Cemetery, Off Muirlands Road or Forfar Road (A933), Arbroath,  DD11 3ET
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The Mortuary Chapel was completed in 1884 as a mausoleum. Visitors marvel at the intricacy and detail of the carvings that adorn both the inside and outside of the building. This is by far one of the best examples in Scotland of the stonemason’s craft.

With the aid of musical accompaniment within the building this strange but beautiful building will capture the hearts of visitors.  Depending on the weather this spectacular building can be highlighted by the natural beauty captured in the sunlight.   The Mortuary Chapel has links to Hospitalfield House. Angus Council’s Conservation Officer will be there to give information on this interesting and detailed building. This year there will be music at various intervals throughout the day.  More information to follow. 
Architect: Patrick Allan-Fraser, John Peters
Building Date: 1884
The programme for the day is as follows (times approximate); 11:30 – 11:50 Music by young, local performer, Cheryl Brown 12:00 – 12:20 The National Youth Choir of Scotland – Angus Choir 12:30 – 12:50 Music by young, local performer, Cheryl Brown 13:00 – 13:20 The National Youth Choir of Scotland – Angus Choir 13:30 – 14:00      Performance by County Brass 14:00 – 14:20 Music by young, local performer, Cheryl Brown 14:25 – 14:45 Performance by County Brass

Angus Council’s Conservation Officer will be there to give information on this interesting and detailed building however this year we will have the addition of some fantastic musical entertainment by Cheryl Brown, The National Youth Choir of Scotland and County Brass within the chapel between 11am and 3pm.   Cheryl Brown is a 17 year old former Arbroath Academy pupil who only took to playing guitar earlier this year yet but made it through to the latter stages of audition’s for BBC1’s The Voice and has been performing locally singing at local venues in Angus and Dundee.  The National Youth Choir of Scotland – Angus Senior Choir has been in Angus for four years.  It is led by Choir Director Ian Young with the choir consisting of children from age 8 upwards from all over Angus.  The choir has several stages and the Senior Choir (currently children in Primary 7) will be performing on the day.  NYCoS was established in 1996 to develop choral singing across Scotland.  It teaches both music and musicianship.  If you are interested in reading more about NYCoS please visit www.nycos.co.uk    County Brass was started in 1990 by Euan Crabb to have fun playing some small ensemble pieces. Since starting, the group have played at various venues around Dundee and Angus such as the Flower Festival and Glamis Castle. All the members are experienced players from various bands in Angus County hence the name. The group play a variety of styles from the renaissance period through to 20th century and light jazz. 
Directions/ParkingThe Mortuary Chapel, Western Cemetery, Forfar Road, ArbroathWalk into the Western Cemetery along the access drive at the north end of Forfar Road (A933) or the access drive off Muirlands Road. 

On street parking is limited.  Parking is also very limited around the monument itself.

Notes for Info There is a small step to gain access to inside the Mortuary Chapel at ground floor.  No disabled access to upper floor.

Contact planning@angus.gov.uk for more information.


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Arbroath: Sheriff Court
14.09.13 (11.00-14.00)
88 High Street, Arbroath,  DD11 1HL
Arbroath: Sheriff Court - Image 1The Town House of Arbroath was originally used as a burgh chambers and dates from 1803.  It was designed by the Architect David Logan of Montrose.  The building was altered in 1844 to the design of David Smith of Dundee.  In 1880 it acquired a commercial neighbour of similar stature, known as the Guildry Building.  This structure, originally of two storeys to the front and a single storey to the rear was substantially altered during its life and went through a series of phases of commercial use being at one time a bank. Arbroath Sheriff Court House formerly occupied the premises on upper floors of 80 High Street.  This Courthouse dated from the 1880s and in its day saw a High Court sitting.  By 1973 it was in poor condition and too cramped for Court purposes and it was decided to move the Court to the Town House. The Town House was first used as a Sheriff Court in the early 1970s and was substantially refurbished in the late 1980s remaining the property of the Local Authority and leased by the Scottish Court Service. Between 2000 and 2001, Scottish Courts were able to purchase the Guildry Building and extend the Courthouse into the upper floors of the building.  Scottish Court Service also managed to purchase the Town House bringing the whole complex into SCS ownership. The Town House building and the Guildry Building have been substantially refurbished to provide an additional court room, cells, lift, new public counter, new open plan offices and additional witness, shrieval and jury accommodation. During the excavation of the basement to create storage it was discovered that Arbroath Sheriff Court stood partially on the foundations of an older building and partially on the bed of a local burn.  Emergency grouting (pumping of liquid concrete) was carried out to stabilise matters and the Town House is now on a firmer footing than ever before. In the course of overhauling the Guildry Buildings above suspended ceilings a number of badly damaged ceilings were discovered and the ceiling in Court 2 has been substantially refurbished and is a attribute to the skills of the craftsmen who carried out the repair.It is a category B listed building.
Architect: David Logan, David Smith
Building Date: 1803-44

 Notes for Info.

Disabled toilet and lift and disabled parking bay outside court.

Parking is available in Angus Council car parks on Marketgate and High Street with others also close by.


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