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Gillian Black
Angus Council
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Angus:  05 September 2015 – 06 September 2015

This is your opportunity to discover the hidden architectural gems of Angus - and all for free!

Doors Open Days is part of Angus Heritage Week - a week packed full of activities and events which highlight the people, places and traditions of the local area.

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"Royal Observer Corps Post" Museum
05.09.15 - 06.09.15 (Pre-booked tours only)
Arbroath Royal Observer Corps Post Museum, Arbroath,  View map

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.

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. 

Building Date: 1958

Directions:- Directions to the site at Elliot and tour times will be given when booking.

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 or call 07791 395976 before 31 August to reserve a place.

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Abbey Theatre
05.09.15 - 06.09.15 (12 noon to 4 pm)
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 a number of plays every 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 about the theatre.

Tours of backstage area will be available. 

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 more information, visit or call 01241 876420 and leave a message.

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Airlie Monument
06.09.15 (12 noon to 6 pm)
Tulloch Hill, Cortachy, By Kirriemuir,  DD8 4QN
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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. 

Architect: William Gillespie Lamond
Building Date: 1901

Directions:- 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 about
1.5 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.

For more information, visit, call 01575 570108 or email

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Angus Archives
05.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm)
Hunter Library, Restenneth, Forfar,  DD8 2SZ
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Enjoy a peak into 800 years of history, looking at both ancient and modern collections. The focus will be on the contrast of old medieval documents with modern ones created since World War 2. On display will be various ancient charters, side by side with the modern collections of photographers Jim Ratcliffe of Arbroath and Kenneth M Hay of Montrose. There will be various activities for all ages and a chance to experience domestic and military life of 500 years ago.

Refreshments will be available.

The ancient Priory church at Restenneth is believed to have been founded by Nechtan, King of the Picts about 715 A.D. During the Wars of Independence the church at Restenneth was burned. Prince John the infant son of King Robert the Bruce was buried there.

For more information, call 01307 468644 or email

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Arbroath Lifeboat Station
05.09.15 - 06.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm)
Arbroath Harbour, Arbroath,  DD10 8DD
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Arbroath lifeboat station was established in 1803 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.

The gift shop will be open throughout the weekend.

Building Date: 1865

Directions:- 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). 

For more information, call 07845 362370 or email

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Barry Mill
New This Year
06.09.15 (1pm - 5pm)
Mill Road, Barry, Carnoustie,  DD7 7RJ
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Now a haven of tranquillity, the 19th century Barry Mill was alive with the splash of the water-wheel, the rumble of the machinery and the smell of grinding corn. Until as late as 1982 the mill was still at work producing oatmeal. It's set in a secluded area beside the Barry Burn with beautiful walks.

Milling demonstrations at 1.30pm and 3pm. Booking is not required.

For more information, visit, call 01241 856761 or email

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Camera Obscura
New This Year
05.09.15 - 06.09.15 (10 am to 5 pm)
Barrie Pavillion, Westhill Road, Kirriemuir,  DD8 4PR
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Kirriemuir Camera Obscura - one of only four in Scotland - is housed in a purpose-designed turret room in the Barrie Pavilion on Kirrie Hill. It provides a fascinating glimpse into another era with striking views of the surrounding countryside.


Kirriemuir Camera Obscura was gifted to the town by the creator of Peter Pan along with the cricket pavilion in which it is situated in June 1930.


The pavilion is completely self funding and is managed and staffed by Kirriemuir Regeneration Group volunteers. Tea, coffee and snacks are available from the Cafe Obscura.


For more information, contact Elaine on 07545 858608 or email the group at

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Carmyllie Church
05.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm) - 06.09.15 (11 am to 4 pm)
Carmyllie, Arbroath,  DD11 2RA
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Carmyllie Church was built in 1607 and later refurbished in 1874. Its most famous minister was Rev Patrick Bell who invented the reaping machine. Stained glass windows are in place, created by the renowned artist Stephen Adam. You will also see unusual artistic grave stones dating back to 18th century.

Building Date: 1607

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East and Old Parish Church
05.09.15 - 06.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm)
East High Street, Forfar,  DD8 2EL
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The category B listed building was designed by Samuel Bell around 1790-1 with a classic spire. There were additions and alterations during the 1800’s. It is located within a prominent position and overlooks the town centre. The graveyard slopes steeply away to the south. A rich history will be on display including the organ, stained glass windows, memorabilia, photobooks, world war memorial windows and graveyard. Volunteers on hand to show visitors around.

Architect: Samuel Bell
Building Date: Around 1790

For more information, visit, call 01307 462701 or email

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Forfar Sheriff & JP Court
05.09.15 (10 am to 2 pm)
Market Street, Forfar,  DD8 3LA
The Court House was by James Maitland Wardrop (Brown and Wardrop) between 1869 and 1871. It has a symmetrical U-plan front with crow stepped gables, central balcony; gargoyles and circular tower with conical roof on the West and a single storey and attic wing to the North East. This was the same architect as for the Reid Hall, in 1869 but which has since been fire damaged and much reconstructed.
Architect: James Maitland Wardrop
Building Date: 1869-1871

For more information, call 01307 462186.

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