Please be advised that many venues have COVID-19 safety measures in place. You may be asked to wear face masks, use hand sanitiser or maintain social distance, please respect these requests. Please note that venues may be subject to temporary closure at short notice. Where possible we advise that you check with venues before visiting, and please follow the guidance of staff and volunteers on site.

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We're back and very pleased to be taking part in the Doors Open Days event again.

Our programme includes favourite properties and places - the medieval towers of Alloa, Clackmannan and Sauchie;  the impressive ice house and Johnstone family mausoleum in Alva;  fine and interesting churches in Alloa, Sauchie and Tullibody; Dollar Museum and Tullibody Heritage Centre and Tullibody Community Garden. Guided tours are available at many of these properties and  there are also guided historic walks in Alloa, Clackmannan and Dollar. 

Moncrieff United Free Church is participating again after an absence of several years and there will be guided tours of Tillcoultry Upper Old Kirkyard. A digital presentation of aspects of Clackmannanshire Council Archives will also be available.  

Doors Open Days in Clackmannanshire is organised and coordinated by Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust. We would like to thank everyone who has helped to make Doors Open Days 2021 possible. We are very grateful for their continuing enthusiasm and support.

All participants must adhere to current Scottish Government Covid-19 guidelines.

Please note that in some buildings only the ground floor is accessible to people with mobility difficulties. Visitors enter the buildings at their own risk. Neither Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust nor any participating building owners are responsible for any accidents or damage incurred.

Please be advised that many venues have COVID-19 safety measures in place. You may be asked to wear face masks, use hand sanitiser or maintain social distance, please respect these requests. 

Please note that venues may be subject to temporary closure at short notice. Where possible we advise that you check with venues before visiting, and please follow the guidance of staff and volunteers on site.

 

Could you be our lucky winner? Tell us about your Doors Open Days 2021 experience by filling out our survey here

 

 

 

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Alloa Heritage Walk

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26 September 2021

The Alloa estate was managed by Thomas, Lord Erskine and in c1760 he established a new colliery at Carsebridge, with a drainage engine operated by a large waterwheel at the Watermill Pit. After his death in 1766 the estate was managed by his half-sister Lady Frances Erskine, her husband and son John Francis Erskine. Her father the 6th Earl of Mar had developed a new coal road through Alloa to carry coal from his mines to the harbour, but in 1767 Lady Frances had wooden rails laid along its route to create a new wagon way. This wagon way eventually made the transport of coal much more efficient and by 1775 Alloa was exporting over one third of Scotland’s total coal production. Members of Clackmannanshire Field Studies Society will lead a walk from the site of the Watermill Pit in Carsebridge Row and along the old coal road through Alloa to the harbour, returning on the route of the original wagon way. The walk is 4.5km (2.7 miles) long, will be on level pathways and should take about 3.5 hours.

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Alva Old Kirkyard and Johnstone Mausoleum

25 September 2021

The church of St Serf was rebuilt in 1632 but was demolished after a fire in 1985. Its ‘footprint’ remains, along with early gravestones in the kirkyard. The Erskine family had a burial vault beneath the church. The Johnstone Mausoleum was designed and built in 1791 by Robert and James Adam for John Johnstone, who bought the Alva estate from James Erskine, Lord Alva, in 1775. It is one of only four Adam mausolea in Scotland. Eight members of the family are buried in the original mausoleum: an eastern extension was added in the 19th century to accommodate additional burials. The mausoleum has been conserved and the Old Kirkyard was restored as part of the Historic Kirkyards Trail project of the Ochils Landscape Partnership programme.

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