Dig out your old pictures

A local voluntary organisation is again calling on local people to search out their old photographs taken in the Brechin area and have them copied in the museum and then placed in the town’s photographic archive.

The Friends of Brechin Town House Museum is re-starting a programme first undertaken a few years ago when about 400 photos were scanned and secured electronically for future generations.

Brian Mitchell, chairman of The Friends, said that many families have old prints - sometimes inherited from parents, grandparents or other relatives - capturing various parts of the town which have changed dramatically over the years.

“Such images are very important and help provide a record of how the town and surrounding area have changed,” explains Brian.

“While we might not always be particularly interested in the individuals in the photos, if they have been taken outside or inside a public building or in part of the town that has been re-built, we would like to see them and, with permission, copy them for Brechin’s photographic archive.

“There are images of work places, like, for example, the cannery in Commerce Street, as well as many areas of the town, such as parts of River Street and Montrose Street where radical re-development has taken place, that are not yet held in the archive. However, we are also interested in groups of people and events that are recorded on film.

“Has anyone, for example, a photo of the Guisers’ Parade that was apparently held annually in the town pre-WWII, or one of Brechin Gala that used to be held in the public park by the local Co-op?”

People are urged to take their old photographs along to Brechin Town House Museum between 10 am and 4 pm on Friday, November 11 to have them scanned and returned to them.

Alternatively, they can simply hand their prints into the museum during normal working hours and collect them at a later date.

Any such contribution will be a significant addition to the knowledge and understanding of the Brechin area and at the same time provide a wealth of information of great historical importance.

More information is available from Brian Mitchell on Brechin (01356) 624356.