Calls for volunteers for library

Iglis Memorial Library
Iglis Memorial Library

Edzell’s highly-acclaimed Inglis Memorial Hall Library is set to enjoy its second season as a visitor centre.

The site opened its doors for the first time last May and had a very successful year, with interested volunteers keeping the attraction open on several afternoons each week during the summer and Sunday afternoons during the winter.

However, the volunteer team are seeking to find more people to add to their number.

Museum curator Rachel Benvie said: “The small team of enthusiastic volunteers are keen to find other like-minded people to join them and extend the opening hours of the visitor centre.

“Are you someone who is fascinated by local and family history, beautiful Victorian buildings and libraries?

“Do you love old books and enjoy meeting and talking to people? If so this is the place for you!

“Please contact Rachel Benvie c/o Brechin Townhouse Museum 01356 625536 or brechin.museum@angus.gov.uk”

The library was returned to its former Victorian splendour last year, with the work partly funded by Angus Council and the Rural Tayside Programme, with a grant of £33,000 awarded towards the cost of restoration.

The library, which consists of a collection of some 6000 volumes, contains the original stock gifted to the village of Edzell by Lieutenant-Colonel R.W. Inglis and is considered to be the best preserved example of a Victorian public library in the United Kingdom.

The building also contains the original Cotgreave Indicator Issue System which contains loan records, printed catalogues and lists of regulations.