Glenesk Folk Museum hold open day to celebrate Green Shed exhibit

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Glenesk Folk Museum is set to hold a Green Shed Open day on Saturday (July 6) to celebrate their brand new agricultural exhibits.

The Green Shed is a large wooden stable block newly transformed into a fascinating display of working life in Glenesk over the last few hundred years.

“We are really pleased with what we have achieved in the Green Shed,” said Agnes Lowden of the volunteer group.

“One visitor commented that the change to the Green Shed over the past year is nothing short of miraculous. The hard work that all those involved have done has turned a dirty, untidy dumping ground into a well laid out and comprehensive display of agricultural tools and machinery of yesteryear.

“Farming has changed so much in just the last 50 years, that items the older generation remember using are totally unknown to today’s younger farmers. We’ve got a wonderful range from field implements to straw filled horse harnesses, displayed in our cobbled stables. There is also an activity area and we have reconstructed a smiddy, complete with forge and tools.”

Activities and games will be on offer all day on July 6 and visitors can try their hand at being museum volunteers.

There will be a barbecue outside from 12 to 4 p.m. with live music and song. All the activities are free with donations welcome towards the continuing work of conservation and display throughout the museum.

“The Green Shed display has moved men to tears with the memories it stirs,” added Maria MacDonell, of the volunteer group.

“This wonderful addition to our folk museum has been realised with financial support from Museums Galleries Scotland and with the commitment and dedication of our volunteers who have worked so hard on this project over such a long cold winter.”

The Glenesk Folk Museum is at the Retreat visitor centre, nine miles up Glenesk off the B966. All museum entry is free.