Further dates set for photo exhibition

Watching a Spanish ship come up the navigation channel of the South Esk at the Lower Light. 'Photograph by Kenneth M. Hay, courtesy of Angus Council Cultural Services.
Watching a Spanish ship come up the navigation channel of the South Esk at the Lower Light. 'Photograph by Kenneth M. Hay, courtesy of Angus Council Cultural Services.

THE PHENOMENAL success of two recent one-day exhibitions of work by local photographer Ken Hay has prompted the Angus Archives to arrange extra events later this year.

More than 400 people attended the display in Montrose Museum in January, which followed an equally popular one in November, taking the opportunity to browse through the prints and reminisce.

Archivist Fiona Scharlau said the exhibitions are also serving their primary purpose of helping to catalogue Mr Hay’s extensive archive which is now in Angus Council’s possession.

A prolific photographer in and around Montrose for more than half a century, when he died Mr Hay left a unique photographic record which includes an estimated one million photographs and more than 40,000 glass plates and negatives.

She said: “We had a stunningly good number that day and we thought we should organise a few more to make them frequent enough so we could give people further opportunities. We’ll be bringing along more pictures as we get them scanned, listening to people’s stories and writing them down.

“We do need more information about what’s going on in the photos because to research them from scratch would be impossible. The more information we get, the more we can built it in to the catalogue in the long term, and people really enjoy coming along to reminisce.”

The Kenneth Hay Sessions will be held in Montrose Museum between 10am to 1pm on March 1, April 26 and May 17, all Fridays. The event is free and refreshments will be available.

A further drop in day will be held in Montrose Library as part of Tartan Week on Thursday, April 4, 10.30am to 4pm.