Museum talk at Probus

The MONTROSE and District Probus Club welcomed four members from the neighbouring Club of Inverbervie to its February meeting when the speaker was former Montrose Academy pupil Lynn McClean.

Lynn gave a fascinating talk on her work which involves conserving and helping to preserve many of the exhibits, especially those made of textiles and paper, housed in the National Museum of Scotland.

Lynn’s work doesn’t simply limit her to Edinburgh, as there are different locations where various artefacts are housed. For instance, the National War Museum is located in Edinburgh Castle and many other exhibits are on show in the Museum buildings in Chambers Street in Edinburgh

She told members that as few as 20 people look after over three million artefacts, ranging from one of the oldest cloth hoods still to be seen in Britain, to late 20th century tapestries.

Lynn made it abundantly clear that the historical research and all the detailed work that goes into the conservation of the exhibits is not just about preserving inanimate artefacts, but to point to the people who wore them, or used them, for after all, it is people who matter.