Upcoming events at Montrose Museum

Montrose Musuem
Montrose Musuem

Montrose Museum has a number of events coming up, including a rare chance to see one of Helen Cruickshank’s works performed live by the pupils of Tarfside and Lethnot Schools.

‘When Fairies Glide’ was commissioned by Tarfside School in 1957 and performed the same year.

The performance at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, March 27 is in conjunction with the ‘Ideas o’ Their Ain’ exhibition at Montrose Museum about the burgh and the Scottish Renaissance.

It is hoped that in the audience there will be some of the original cast of the 1957 performance.

Tickets are £2.50 and are available from Montrose Museum, refreshments are included in the ticket price.

On Wednesday, March 18, at 2 p.m., following on from her popular talk on Violet Jacob in the autumn series, speaker and performer Sheila Mann will talk about the life and work of Helen Cruickshank.

Helen was one of the three Montrose born women who were protagonists of the Scottish Renaissance, a movement which took the Scottish literary scene by storm during the 20th century.

The Scottish Renaissance began in Montrose, fuelled by the genius of Hugh MacDiarmid and other nationally important writers who were also resident in the town at the time - Willa and Edwin Muir, Fionn MacColla, Violet Jacob, and artists Edward Baird and William Lamb.

There will be an evening lecture about ‘Hugh MacDiarmid and Literary Scotland: Montrose, Bethlehem and ‘The Innumerable Stars’ on Friday, March 20 at 7.30 p.m.

The talk by artist and former Head of Painting at Glasgow School of Art Alexander Moffat and poet and Glasgow University’s Professor of Scottish Literature Alan Riach illustrates and examines aspects of the proposition that Metropolitan city-centres of cultural superiorism, Edinburgh and Glasgow, had nothing like the ferment and fertility of creative genius harboured in Montrose through the great decade of international modernism.

The talk aims to show how the long-lasting legacy of the literary giants of 1920s Montrose extended to the enduring illuminations of ‘innumerable stars’ in the Scottish cultural firmament, from then till now, and what their auguries are for the future.

Tickets are £10 and are available from Montrose Museum. Refreshments are included in the price.