Programme of talks by Friends of Brechin Townhouse Museum

THE NEXT scheduled talk by the Friends of Brechin Town House Museum in their winter programme will take place on November 20 at 2 p.m.

The talk, by Norma Scothern, will be about patchwork quilts and how Norma got involved in this fascinating craft and she and other quilters have been involved in a project making quilts for injured servicemen.

The final talk of the programme, by Brian Mitchell, will take place on the December 11 and will be another chapter in his series of talk about ‘Images of Brechin’.

All talks are free of charge and will include an interval with complementary refreshments.

The oral history of Brechin has been loaded onto the museum laptop and is available to the public to listen to Brechiners relating their memories and experiences.

Booking is advisable by calling the staff on 01356 625536.

Copies of the Oral History 10-CD boxset are on sale at £45, or £40 to members of the Friends, and can be bought from the museum.

With Christmas approaching they are the perfect gift idea for any Brechiner.

The Friends are grateful to all the individuals who have loaned photographs and documents from yesteryear as they are a valuable record of the past.

The Friends scan and archive the paperwork and return the originals to their owners as soon as possible.

So, if you come across any photographs, school certificates or anything that relates to Brechin’s history the friends would love to hear from you and this is achieved by dropping the items off at the Museum.

Looking ahead to the centenary of the Great War in 2014 the Friends are in discussion with the museum about marking this landmark anniversary with an exhibition.

This will also include providing support to Brian Livie who is compiling a comprehensive database that will record details of servicemen from Brechin and District who served during the Great War between 1914 and 1919.

Anyone who has any information about family members who served during that period can help by loaning items for scanning at the museum.

Finally the Friends are planning to commission a series of Brechin postcards that will reflect views from around the town.

Funding has been available by the Friends to replace the folding chairs that are borrowed from Angus Council.

The selection process is almost complete and it is hoped that the new chairs will be in place for the Easter programme of talks in 2013.

For more information about the work of the Friends or if you are interested becoming a Friend then visit the website at: www.brechintownhouse.org.uk or contact by email at info@brechinetownhouse.org.uk.