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Angus Archives

Enjoy a peek into 800 years of history, looking at both ancient and modern collections. Visit a treasure trove of local history, and enjoy displays, craft activities and a photobooth. Refreshments will be available. There will also be a tour of Restenneth Priory at 2pm – please book in advance. 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. On display will be a selection of documents with fascinating stories, examples of our oldest books and those with fine paper and binding. We will also be hosting an activity which gives visitors a chance to try making their own marbled paper, which was used in many of our books and volumes. Refreshments will be available.


Arbroath Lifeboat Station

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.


Balmashanner War Memorial

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.


Hospitalfield House

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 some time 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. 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.  Image (c) Lighthouse Photography

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