Digital memories are handed over

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Digitised copies of the unedited memories recorded during the Brechin Oral History Project have now been officially handed over to Brechin Museum for use by members of the public.

The presentation was made by Brian Mitchell, organiser of the project, to Willie Milne, museums manager, Angus Council cultural services.

Brian, who is also chairman of The Friends of Brechin Town House Museum responsible for setting up the project, said: “By donating these memories to Brechin Town House Museum, we hope that they will become available for future visitors to the museum to find out about life in the Brechin area during a large part of the 20th century.

“I firmly believe that the project, in producing almost 55 hours of memories between the 1920s and 1980s, has made an important contribution to the understanding of our way of life during these years”.

The work of recording the memories was completed in 2008 and the unedited interviews have been recently digitised by Century 21 Media.

There is also an edited version comprising ten hour-long discs, as well as copies of individual interviews, which are available for sale.

Running currently with the project was the setting up of a photographic archive and locals were encouraged to donate copies of their pictures featuring the town and area during the 20th century.

A presentation based on the memories and illustrated from the archive, postponed in December, will now take place on Wednesday, March 30, at 2 pm in Brechin Town House Museum.

Anyone wishing for more information on the memories or the talk should contact Brian at Brechin (01356) 624356.

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “We are delighted to receive this collection from the Friends of Brechin Townhouse.

“The group is highly valued by Angus Council for the efforts it makes to promote interest in the Townhouse, and in assisting the council’s work. We look forward to working with them again in the future.”