Change to museum opening

OPENING times for Angus museums are to change for the first time since the 1980s to help cut costs to Angus Council.

The authority has said that opening from Tuesday to Saturday inclusive, and closing on Monday, is in line with opening patterns for other UK and European museums and will help to deliver a required budget saving.

The revised opening times, which come into effect on April 1, will apply to Montrose Museum, Arbroath’s Signal Tower Museum, Brechin Town House Museum, Forfar’s Meffan Institute and the Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum. The Signal Tower Museum will also continue to open on Sunday afternoons in July and August.

Councillor Jeanette Gaul, neighbourhood services vice-convener, said that although other opening arrangements have been tried in the past, the new times will best meet the needs of visitors.

She said: “Over the years different opening hours, including evenings and Sundays, have been trialled but not proved popular. A pattern of five-day consecutive opening from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm with no lunchtime closure, seems to be the best arrangement to meet the needs of visitors to the museums.

“We will, of course, continue to make arrangements to open in the evenings for groups or organisations wishing a special tour.

“I hope that, as in previous years, visitors to Angus and local residents alike will enjoy visiting our museums and viewing the many items of interest we hold in the collections.”

Further details of all museums in Angus are available online at http://www.angus.gov.uk/services/View_Service_Detail.cfm?serviceid=1089