Concerns raised over storage at town museum

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A LOCAL man has expressed concerns over the absence of two exhibits at the Montrose Museum.

Mr Robb recently visited the museum following its re-opening and was disappointed to find that two automaton exhibits were missing from the public display.

Although the popular ‘Green Train’ is currently exhibited, Mr Robb was dismayed to find that its frame and outer box were no longer there.

He also noticed that another favourite exhibit - another automaton - of a rocking ship and castle was no longer displayed to the public.

Mr Robb said: “I visited the museum recently and found that the green train no longer had a back box and the ship and castle were also gone.

“I spoke to someone at the museum who told me that they were in storage but they couldn’t say where.

“I thought the exhibitions were very poor as they have much more in stock.

“They seem to have gone missing since the renovation took place. The public donated many of these items and a lot of them are very valuable - not worth just pennies.”

The model of the green train was bought by Lord Panmure, benefactor of Montrose Museum, in Switzerland in the 1840s, and has become a favourite exhibit at the museum since it was first displayed.

The scene is believed to depict Montrose and Arbroath Abbey, with a connecting suspension bridge.

The model is very intricate and delicate and is made of wood, paper and papier-mache. Because of its fragile nature it is only operated occasionally to prevent wear.

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “The artefacts in our museum collections, both those on display and in store, are all cared for to the highest standards, and in accordance with best practice.

“There are no items missing from our collections, but we do not disclose the whereabouts of our stored exhibits for reasons of safety and security.

“Members of the public can, however, make requests to see specific items which are not on display.

“The green train, an 18th century exhibit, was restored by the council some years ago.

“This artefact is fragile and is only displayed from time to time at the museum.

“It is currently on show, intact, at Montrose Museum and visitors will have the opportunity to see it run at 11am and 3pm on Saturday, April 23.”