Ambulance display to mark war exhibition opening

The Gateway to the Glens Museum.
The Gateway to the Glens Museum.

Kirriemuir Heritage Trust will this Saturday (August 22) present the second of its four exhibitions about the home front in the town during the First World War.

To mark the opening at the Gateway to the Glens Museum, in Kirriemuir Square, weather permitting, the trust will display an original horse-drawn ambulance, supplied by Dundee Museum of Transport, which would have been in use during the early part of the war before mechanisation was fully introduced.

Dated 1898, the vehicle was originally in use at Maryfield Hospital , Dundee, and was restored in the 1970s by Tayside Ambulance Service. It was presented to the museum of transport in 2010 and will be on display between 10am and 2pm..

There will also be on show a late 1800s patient stretcher, known as an Ashford litter, which was known to be used regularly to carry unruly members of the suffragette movement.

The exhibition, which will run until January, will cover many aspects of life in the town and district in 1915 and 1916. It follows an exhibition mounted last year which detailed individuals’ involvement in the conflict.