Sarah WinlowPerth & Kinross Heritage TrustThe Lodge4 York PlacePerthPH2 8EPTel: 01738 477080
Join Dr Norman Watson on an informative and enjoyable walk around Perth City Centre, visiting the buildings that took part in Perth’s first Doors Open Day in 1991. The tour will include a peek inside the Lower City Mills, St Leonard’s-in-the-Fields, St John’s Episcopal Church and the former Bank of Scotland building at 50 St John Street, and conclude at 2-3 High Street beside the River Tay.
Booking essential - please contact PKHT (01738) 477080
St John’s was completed in 1851 and was recently sensitively reordered internally. Come and discover the stained glass windows and monuments of St John’s, including the stone pulpit made of French stone and delicately carved with panels depicting the life of St John the Baptist. The panels are the work of Mary Grant (1830-1908), one of the first women to take up sculpture professionally and whose work can also be seen in Lichfield and Winchester Cathedrals and St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh.
The church will be decorated for Harvest Thanksgiving and, to celebrate 25 years of Doors Open Day in Perth, there will be intervals of music throughout the day.
The Sheriff Court was built in 1819 to a neo-Greek design by Sir Robert Smirke, who later designed the British Museum. It was erected on the site of the 16th-century Gowrie House and was the first building on the new Victorian riverside route that was to become Tay Street. Staff will be on hand to guide visitors through the courts and down below, to the cells. Also the chance to see inside a G4S prisoner transport vehicle!
Saturday 10:00 – 16:00 [last tour 15:15). Guided tours every twenty minutes, participation will be on a first come, first served basis (restricted to 15 people per tour). Disabled access available at Canal Street entrance (self-transfer to chairlift)
As part of Perth’s Doors Open Day silver jubilee celebrations, Lakeland is delighted to welcome you into its heritage-rich store at 50 St John's Street. Built as the headquarters of the Central Bank and designed by David Rhind, this mid-19th century building, reminiscent of an Italian palazzo, is as richly decorated on the inside as it is on the outside.
On Doors Open Day, pop in, see the architecture – including the cantilever staircase and lavishly decorated ceiling on the ground floor - and taste-test some of Lakeland’s new foodie products.
A church has stood on this site since at least the early 12th century giving rise to Perth’s alternative name St John’s Toun. Building work began on the present church in the mid-15th century, with the 155ft tower and octagonal spire completed by 1511. It was here, in May 1559, that John Knox preached his sermon on the ‘sin of idolatry’, lighting the fuse of the Reformation in Scotland. Restored by Sir Robert Lorimer in 1926 and sensitively renovated and reorganised recently.
Guided tours at 11:00 and 12:00; tower tours between 14:00 -16:00. No disabled access to tower
Perth Museum and Art Gallery is home to more than half a million local, national and international objects, and a changing programme of exhibitions and events showcases the very best of their Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland. The earliest part of the museum, the Marshall Monument, dates from 1824. Palladian in style, it reflects the building's function for learning. The neo-classical extension was formally opened in 1935.
Come along on Doors Open Day for a ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour of the museum’s collections. Guided tours (30 minutes long) on the hour Booking essential – please contact PMAG (01738) 632488. Maximum of 10 places per tour.
The Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s Fair Maid's House visitor and education centre is a geographical delight housed in the oldest secular building in Perth. Visitors can watch the planet from space in the Earth Room, see the continents evolve and learn about the hottest and coldest places on Earth in the Education Room and learn about maps and explorers, or curl up with a book, in the Explorer's Room. The Fair Maid’s House was built in 1475, and was made famous by Sir Walter Scott’s novel The Fair Maid of Perth.
The Fair Maid's House is now home to the RSGS collections and features displays on geographical issues, the history of the society, the geography and history of Perth and the house itself. Come and see the ‘Puffer Sphere’, which allows you to see the world from space.
A fine Georgian building built in 1797 that also houses a purpose-built Masonic Temple which is home to Lodge Scoon & Perth No.3, whose oldest document, dated 1658, shows that the Lodge was founded during the building of the Abbey at Scoon in the late 12th century. Enjoy the Georgian architecture and view the main staircase and cupola from the ground floor on the way to the Masonic Temple with its murals by the celebrated artist Thomas Hutchison Peddie, including his depiction of King James VI being initiated into the Lodge in 1601.
Visitors can enjoy the fine interior, with historical artefacts held by the Lodge also on display. Guided tours throughout the opening on both days.
The Black Watch Museum is housed in the dramatic and historic Balhousie Castle, a medieval tower house extensively renovated by David Smart in 1864. The Castle is home to a wealth of artefacts displayed in a recently renovated, world class museum. Make this your lunch stop and enjoy a delicious meal in the Copper Beech Cafe, housed in the new extension designed by Lachlan Stewart. Children’s trails and activities on offer, with something to interest everyone.
Express guided tours on the hour between 10 am to 3 pm. Free car park for visitors.
The studios and residence at 5 Melville Street combine studios for an artist and an architect with workshops and living space. The building presents a tall minimalist facade to the street with a single ‘civic window’ or ‘cabinet’ which house a series of invited art works and installations. Significant artwork is also exhibited within the building on all levels. The elderly back land workshops at the rear of the site have been renovated and updated as an integral piece of such a progressive regenerative process and have created a communal garden space. All of which have culminated in a community of purpose between artist, architect and neighbours.
Ground floor is accessible for disabled / wheelchair access. Guided tours on Doors Open Day.
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