Society returns to museum

AFTER an absence of almost two years Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society returns to its ancestral home at Montrose Museum this year after the building’s recent refurbishment.

The society began its own history in 1836 and seven years later raised the funds to build the museum, which has since become a landmark in the town.

An entertaining series of talks is lined up for the coming season. The programme starts off on Tuesday, September 13, with an illustrated talk from Dr Tom Dawson of St Andrews University, who is an expert on coastal archaeology.

Other highlights include a wide variety of speakers such as Dr Alan Saville, senior curator from the National Museum of Scotland, who will give a talk on the earliest pre-history of Eastern Scotland; Prof Derrick McClure of Aberdeen University, the widely-known expert on the Scots language, on Scots as a language for poetic translation; and a light-hearted look at Dundee Police Museum from Willie McFarlane.

Forbes Inglis, the well-known local author, will discourse on Tales of the Supernatural in Angus and Dundee, while David Dunkley will talk on the history of Fisheries Legislation in Scotland.

Meetings are all held in Montrose Museum at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of every month from September to April. Everyone is welcome. Admission is £2.50 per meeting and the annual subscription is £10. Those still attending school are admitted for free.