Doors Open Days 2020

Doors Open Days, which is co-ordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust, will take place in Angus during the weekend of 12 and 13 September 2020.

In light of the circumstances, Doors Open Days is going digital for 2020. Scotland’s biggest free festival of architecture will present its largest ever digital offering this September, as we celebrate Scotland’s buildings and stories online, through tours, lectures, DIY learning events and more.

So sit back, relax and enjoy seeing cherished historical Angus sites from the comfort of your armchair!

View the participating venues below. Links to virtual content will be available to view on the weekend of 12 & 13 September 2020.

Doors Open Days 2020

AngusAlive Museums, Galleries and Archives Quiz

AngusAlive Museums, Galleries and Archives Quiz

For Doors Open Days, the AngusAlive Museums, Galleries and Archives team are hosting an online quiz!

Do you have the Angus Glens mapped out? Do you know why people in the past put pigs in their beds? Do you always get Pict first for quiz teams? Put your trivia to the test with five rounds of general knowledge inspired by our amazing museum collections.

Join us online where our quizmaster will put you through your paces with our quickfire quiz.

This quiz will take place at 7pm, on Saturday 12 September. Join in live on the ANGUSalive Museums and Galleries facebook page.

Have your say! Please complete the Doors Open Days visitor survey to tell us about your experience this year. There’s a chance to win a Doors Open Days prize for anyone filling in the survey!

Arbroath

Arbroath Abbey

Arbroath Abbey

Arbroath Abbey, in the Scottish town of Arbroath, was founded in 1178 by King William the Lion in memory of martyr Thomas Becket, for a group of Benedictine monks from Kelso Abbey. It was built over 60 years using local red sandstone and remained one of the nation’s grandest monasteries for almost 400 years.

The Abbey, which was the richest in Scotland, is most famous for its association with the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath, believed to have been drafted by Abbot Bernard, who was the Chancellor of Scotland under King Robert I. The distinctive round window high in the south transept was originally lit up at night as a beacon for mariners. It is known locally as the ‘Round O’, and from this tradition inhabitants of Arbroath are collectively known as ‘Reid Lichties’ (Scots reid= red).

To mark the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath 2020, discover Arbroath Abbey via a video tour guided by young people of Arbroath. Learn about the building’s significance and meaning and hear stories of how the Abbey shaped the town through this unique narration by young ambassadors of the town. The content of the video tour was created using archival images and found resources alongside collective research, writing and narration by local school pupils, with support by HES Scotland, Angus Place Partnership and Ergadia Heritage, Robin Patel.

View the virtual tour.

Have your say! Please complete the Doors Open Days visitor survey to tell us about your experience this year. There’s a chance to win a Doors Open Days prize for anyone filling in the survey!

Arbroath ‘Royal Observer Corps Post’ Museum

Arbroath Royal Observer Corps Post Museum

Arbroath ‘Royal Observer Corps Post’ Museum is a relic of the Cold War when the volunteers of the former Royal Observer Corps trained to monitor instruments to alert the public and transmit vital readings to their Headquarters throughout the country should a nuclear attack have taken place.

A digital presentation will give visitors an insight into the museum and its history. The WW11 role of aircraft observation, identification and reporting is also covered with details of the instruments used.

View the digital presentation.

Have your say! Please complete the Doors Open Days visitor survey to tell us about your experience this year. There’s a chance to win a Doors Open Days prize for anyone filling in the survey!

Arbroath Signal Tower Museum

Arbroath Signal Tower Museum

Arbroath Signal Tower Museum is located near Arbroath Harbour. The Signal Tower was the shore station and family accommodation for the Bell Rock Lighthouse, built in 1813, 11 miles off-shore.

Here you can discover the fascinating maritime heritage of Arbroath and the history of the world famous Arbroath Smokie.

Caroline Taylor, Heritage Learning and Engagement Lead at ANGUSalive will give a video presentation showing the ways in which the Signal Tower was designed to do this and the different means of communication that were used.

View the video presentation.

As well as this, hear from Karen, Visitor Advisor at Signal Tower Museum, as she answers her Angus Quickfire Questions about Signal Tower Museum and other places to visit in Angus.

View the Quickfire Questions.

Have your say! Please complete the Doors Open Days visitor survey to tell us about your experience this year. There’s a chance to win a Doors Open Days prize for anyone filling in the survey!

Mortuary Chapel

Mortuary Chapel, Arbroath

Mortuary Chapel was designed by Patrick Allan-Fraser as a memorial to his late wife Elizabeth and her deceased parents John Fraser and Elizabeth Parrot Fraser. Work began in 1875 based on an outline plan by Allan-Fraser to which he added details as building progressed.

Everyone who visits quickly realises that this is a remarkable building, possibly the most unusual and most instantly appealing of the many fine buildings within Arbroath. However, it is also very important on a national scale. It could claim to be one of the best buildings of its date in Scotland. The building is also notable for its eclectic mix of styles, including reference to Scottish, English and possibly other precedents from East European Gothic. Every part of the building is important because every part received great care in design.

Join us online for a virtual tour of the Mortuary Chapel’s interior by our volunteers.

View the virtual tour.

Have your say! Please complete the Doors Open Days visitor survey to tell us about your experience this year. There’s a chance to win a Doors Open Days prize for anyone filling in the survey!

Brechin

Caledonian Railway

Caledonian Railway, Brechin

Caledonian Railway is a volunteer run organisation that operates heritage steam and diesel hauled trains along the 4 mile branch line between the town of Brechin and the countryside stop of Bridge of Dun.

View our stunning drone footage of the railway.

Have your say! Please complete the Doors Open Days visitor survey to tell us about your experience this year. There’s a chance to win a Doors Open Days prize for anyone filling in the survey!

Carnoustie

East Haven

East Haven Beach

East Haven is a rural coastal village on the Angus coast lying between Carnoustie and Arbroath. It is easily accessed via a spectacular section of National Cycle Network 1 which transects the village and runs up the coast.  It is one of the earliest recorded fishing communities in Scotland dating back to 1214.

A digital presentation enables visitors to find out more about the rich heritage of East Haven and understand why the RHS crowned it the best coastal village in the UK in 2018.

View the digital presentation.

Have your say! Please complete the Doors Open Days visitor survey to tell us about your experience this year. There’s a chance to win a Doors Open Days prize for anyone filling in the survey!

Edzell

Shakin’ Brig

Shakkin Brig Edzell

The Shakin Brig (shaking bridge) is a pedestrian suspension bridge that crosses the River North Esk in the village of Edzell. The bridge was constructed around 1900. It is mainly constructed of wood with steel wires holding it in place and gets its name from the obvious shaking sensation felt when a pedestrian crosses it.

View our stunning drone footage of the bridge.

Have your say! Please complete the Doors Open Days visitor survey to tell us about your experience this year. There’s a chance to win a Doors Open Days prize for anyone filling in the survey!

Glamis

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle has been the ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372, inspiration for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and birthplace of HRH The Princess Margaret.

Hear from Glamis Castle, as they answer our Angus Quickfire Questions about the castle and other places to visit in Angus.

View our Quickfire Questions.

Have your say! Please complete the Doors Open Days visitor survey to tell us about your experience this year. There’s a chance to win a Doors Open Days prize for anyone filling in the survey!

Forfar

Balmashanner War Memorial

Balmashanner War Memorial, Forfar

Balmashanner War Memorial, on Balmashanner Hill, known locally as “Bummie”, was built in 1920/1. A plaque above the entrance reads ‘Their name liveth for evermore. Erected in Memory of the men of Forfar and District who fell in the Great War 1914-18’. There’s also a Roll of Honour on the wall inside.

The building was dedicated by Queen Mary on the 11th September, 1921 and comprises a square tower, with battlements and turret, built from local sandstone. It is a listed building, designed by T R Soutar, architect and constructed by Alexander Adamson and David Stewart.

On a clear day there are excellent views over Forfar, surrounding farmland, and the Valley of Strathmore to the Braes of Angus beyond. Nearby stands an indicator which gives the names and heights of the nearby hills and mountains.

View our stunning drone footage of Balmashanner and view the Roll of Honour.

Have your say! Please complete the Doors Open Days visitor survey to tell us about your experience this year. There’s a chance to win a Doors Open Days prize for anyone filling in the survey!

East & Old Parish Church

East & Old Parish Church

East & Old Parish Church is a listed building, built on the original site of the first church in the town, with lots of historical features and a recently renovated sanctuary. Historic church records and photographs are available within the church.

A digital presentation will be available to view for Doors Open Days.

View the digital presentation.

Have your say! Please complete the Doors Open Days visitor survey to tell us about your experience this year. There’s a chance to win a Doors Open Days prize for anyone filling in the survey!

Murton Farm, Tearoom and Nature Reserve

Murton Farm, Nature Reserve and Tea Room, Forfar

Murton Farm, Tea Room and Nature Reserve is a popular visitor attraction in beautiful Angus located just outside Forfar.

Here you can enjoy a walk or leisurely stroll around the extensive nature reserve, meet the friendly animals on the farm and enjoy a delicious bite to eat.

Hear from Alison, Manager at Murton, as she answers her Angus Quickfire Questions about Murton and other places to visit in Angus.

View our Quickfire Questions.

Have your say! Please complete the Doors Open Days visitor survey to tell us about your experience this year. There’s a chance to win a Doors Open Days prize for anyone filling in the survey!

Newton Farm Tours

Alpaca Walking Experience, Angus

Newton Farm, a real working Angus farm, offers an award winning and authentic farm experience which will inspire both young and old.

Newton Farm offer a truly unique opportunity to find out what daily life is like on a Scottish farm with bespoke tours which involve meeting friendly animals including cows, sheep, goats, alpacas & Lucy, the micropig.

Hear from farmer Louise as she answers her Angus Quickfire Questions about Newton Farm and other places to visit in Angus.

View our Quickfire Questions.

Have your say! Please complete the Doors Open Days visitor survey to tell us about your experience this year. There’s a chance to win a Doors Open Days prize for anyone filling in the survey!

Kirriemuir

Airlie Monument

Airlie Monument

Airlie Monument was erected in memory of the 11th Earl of Airlie who was killed in the Boer War on 11th June 1900. It is an important landmark and a focal point for the community of Glen Clova, Glen Prosen, Cortachy and the surrounding area – indeed so prominent that it can be seen for many miles around. The whole of the stonework of the Monument was taken from Herdhill Quarry Kirriemuir. It is 65 feet high and is 1230 feet above sea level. The cost of erecting the monument was £1,300.

Enjoy a virtual visit to Airlie Monument via drone video footage showing the Airlie Monument and the stunning scenery of Glen Clova to the north, Glen Prosen to the west and Glen Moy to the east.

View the drone footage.

Have your say! Please complete the Doors Open Days visitor survey to tell us about your experience this year. There’s a chance to win a Doors Open Days prize for anyone filling in the survey!

Camera Obscura

Kirriemuir Camera Obscura

Kirriemuir Camera Obscura – one of only three in Scotland – is housed in a purpose-designed turret room in the Barrie Pavilion on Kirrie Hill. It provides a fascinating glimpse of historic technology and striking views of the surrounding countryside.

Kirriemuir Camera Obscura was gifted to the town by Sir J M Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, along with the cricket pavilion in which it is situated and was opened by the author on 7th June 1930.

Hear from Irena, one of the volunteers at Camera Obscura, as she answers our Angus Quickfire Questions about Camera Obscura and other places to visit in Angus.

View our Quickfire Questions.

You can also see inside Camera Obscura and get a glimpse of the camera in action.

Have your say! Please complete the Doors Open Days visitor survey to tell us about your experience this year. There’s a chance to win a Doors Open Days prize for anyone filling in the survey!

Monifieth

Forbes of Kingennie

Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort

Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort is the perfect getaway, with self catering lodges, an on-site restaurant and adventure for all ages, with first class golf and fishing on-site, as well as an Angus Thistle Maze and Cairngorms 18 hole putting green.

Hear from Forbes of Kingennie, as they answer our Angus Quickfire Questions about Kingennie and other places to visit in Angus.

View our Quickfire Questions.

Have your say! Please complete the Doors Open Days visitor survey to tell us about your experience this year. There’s a chance to win a Doors Open Days prize for anyone filling in the survey!

Montrose

Scurdie Ness Lighthouse

Scurdie Ness Lighthouse

Scurdie Ness Lighthouse was built by David and Thomas Stevenson and was first lit on Tuesday 1 March 1870.

Originally the light was fixed white but was changed to isophase white 60 seconds (light 30 seconds, eclipse 30 seconds) in 1907. The light currently flashes white every 20 seconds and has a range of 23 nautical miles. Scurdie Ness was converted to automatic operation in 1987.

Join ANGUSalive Museums Exhibitions Lead, Rachel Jackson, for a video presentation which showcases some of the interesting objects on display for our Scurdie Ness Lighthouse exhibition at Montrose Museum. Hear why the townspeople of Montrose campaigned for a lighthouse, see some of the equipment that the keepers used to maintain the light and look at the beautifully illustrated diary from 1911 by a girl staying by the lighthouse.

View the video presentation.

Scurdie Ness Lighthouse drone footage by AD Media.

Have your say! Please complete the Doors Open Days visitor survey to tell us about your experience this year. There’s a chance to win a Doors Open Days prize for anyone filling in the survey!

For more information about Doors Open Days, and to see events taking place in other regions, please visit the Doors Open Days website.