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Montrose Museum opened in 1842 in Montrose, Angus, Scotland. The museum came into being when in 1841 the Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society started a fund to expand its space; in order to house its curiosities and wonders ranging from geological and ethnographical artefacts to a collection of Natural History objects and Fine Art. It was accredited by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in June 2009[1].

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The Museum

From 1837[2] the collection was housed at a local school but in 1842 was moved into a purpose-built museum, one of the first of its kind in Scotland[3]. The museum is built of pink sandstone[4] in the neo-classical style, fronted by Ionic columns. Inside the collection is presented in a spacious atrium. From October 2009 it will undergo refurbishment and accessibility improvements and will reopen in 2010[5].

The Collection

The collection includes archaeological finds from the neolithic and Bronze Ages; stones from what was the Pictish civilisation of Circhen but is now Angus; and the Inchbrayock Stone, also Pictish and dating from 850-950AD. Their collection contains 38 Ancient Egyptian relics and objects from Thebes[6]. The history of the Burgh of Montrose is explored; afterwards featuring the life of James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose and his larger role in Scottish history relating to his part first as Covenanter and then as Royalist and his part in the Jacobite Uprising.

The adjoining Art Gallery has featured the work of local artists including William Lamb, Edward Baird, James Barclay[7], David Waterson[8], Malcolm McCoig[9],Rowena Comrie[10],Maurice Forsyth-Grant[11], Briony Anderson[12], Jackie Gardiner[13], Colin McPherson[14],Ingrid A. Fraser[15], Struan Hamilton[16], Bella Green[17], Fiona Turnbull[18] and Hetty Haxworth[19] as well as the work of the Original Art Group[20]. The work of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour including that of George Paul Chalmers is part of a short exhibition running from 26 September[21].

In the mezzanine above maritime relics illuminate the history of the East Coast Whaling Industry. This sits alongside an impressive array of model boats. There is interesting taxidermy of local wildlife and a small Geology display with a collection of semi-precious agate stones, in a darkened room at the top of the building.

The Community

There are regular children's activities as well as occasional afternoon talks and evening events. The museum often features work by local groups in its art gallery.

In 2008 the Amici Wind Quintet from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama appeared at the museum[22].

References

  1. ^ http://www.mla.gov.uk/what/raising_standards/~/media/Files/pdf/2009/Accreditation_Participants_Scotland_06-09.ashx Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Retrieved on 23rd August 2009.
  2. ^ http://www.cornucopia.org.uk/html/search/verb/GetRecord/6757 Cornucopia. Retrieved on 23rd August 2009.
  3. ^ http://www.angus.gov.uk/history/museums/montrose/ Angus Council. Retrieved on 23rd August 2009
  4. ^ http://www.culture24.org.uk/sc000018 Culture24. Retrieved on 23rd August 2009.
  5. ^ http://www.culture24.org.uk/sc000018. Culture24. Retrieved on 23rd August 2009.
  6. ^ http://cornucopia.orangeleaf.com/html/search/verb/GetRecord/6757 Cornucopia. Retrieved on 23rd August 2009
  7. ^ http://www.angusahead.com/AngusListings/News/montrose-museum-james-barclay.asp Retrieved on 23rd August 2009
  8. ^ http://www.artguide.org/museums.php?id=1529385M Art Guide. Retrieved on 23rd August 2009.
  9. ^ http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/787088 The Press & Journal. 14th August 2008.
  10. ^ http://www.axisweb.org/seCVFU.aspx?ARTISTID=5243 Axis. Retrieved on 23rd August 2009.
  11. ^ http://www.forsyth-grant.com/about_the_artist.htm Maurice Forsyth-Grant's Website. Retrieved on 23rd August 2009.
  12. ^ http://www.brionyanderson.com/Briony_Anderson_Artist%27s_CV_May2009.pdf Briony Anderson's Website. Retrieved on 23rd August 2009.
  13. ^ http://www.jackiegardiner.co.uk/40001/info.php?p=5&pno=0 Jackie Gardiner's Website. Retrieved on 23rd August 2009.
  14. ^ http://www.colinmcpherson.co.uk/pdf/ColinMcPhersonCV.pdf Colin McPherson's Website. Retrieved on 23rd August 2009.
  15. ^ http://ingridfraser.com/pages/biography.php Ingrid Fraser's Website. Retrieved on 23rd August 2009.
  16. ^ http://www.struanhamilton.com/section127293.html Struan Hamilton's Website. Retrieved on 23rd August 2009.
  17. ^ http://www.bellagreen.co.uk/about.htm Bella Green's Website. Retrieved on 23rd August 2009.
  18. ^ http://www.forfardispatch.co.uk/sv/NEW-ARTIST-EXHIBITS-AT-BANK.5439411.jp Forfar Dispatch. July 2009.
  19. ^ http://www.hetty-haxworth.co.uk/biography.htm Hetty Haxworth's Website.
  20. ^ http://www.original-art-group.homecall.co.uk/ Original Art Group website. Retrieved on 23rd August 2009
  21. ^ http://www.s1play.com/venue/montrose/montrose-museum-and-art-gallery/ Retrieved on 23rd August 2009.
  22. ^ http://www.brechinadvertiser.co.uk/latest-arts/AMICI-WIND-QUINTET-PERFORM-AT.4617704.jp Montrose Review. 22nd October 2008. Retrieved on 23rd August 2009.

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Coordinates: 56°42′37″N 2°27′56″W / 56.71028°N 2.46556°W / 56.71028; -2.46556

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