Oral history of Montrose Academy - speak up!

The impressive frontage of Montrose Academy.
The impressive frontage of Montrose Academy.

The Montrose Academy Bicentenary Oral History Project is a major undertaking proposed by town museum staff and senior pupils.

It is to be a bi-weekly drop-in fact finder workshop and will be held in the Montrose Museum and Art Gallery, Panmure Place, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 12.15 to 1pm, weekly until Christmas.

In conjunction with the current ‘200 Years Under The Dome’ exhibition celebrating the bicentenary of the Academy, the newly formed Montrose Academy Enrichment Group will be in the museum twice a week and are seeking the public’s help with an exciting history quest.

The group said: “We are a small group of senior pupils from Montrose Academy taking part in our bicentenary project as part of our enrichment programme.

‘‘Our project is to record oral histories of the Academy, to honour its 200th anniversary, and we are hoping that our interviews and research build up a valuable source for future historians.

‘‘We are looking for former pupils, teachers or anyone who has a connection with the Academy to interview.

“We would be delighted to hear of your experiences and stories from the past, or to hear stories passed down in your family. 

“If you are interested in chatting with us, we are available for interviews on Tuesdays and Fridays from 12.15-1pm at Montrose Museum. Please come along and support our important work.”

The current exhibition is an incredible trove of historical information, wonderful artefacts and old jotters.

From humble beginnings when the school was nothing but a wooden structure, built up by its grand patronage, to the golden domed splendour of today, it is illustrated by anecdotes from past pupils and teachers and shows sometimes shocking aspects of education in the past.

It shows that Montrose Academy is linked to many famous people, writers, sculptors and artists. This exhibition is certainly one that will appeal to all ex-pupils, whether from Montrose or from further afield.

For further information please contact Rachel Benvie, Curator of Montrose Museum on 01674 662660 montrose.museum@angus.gov.uk