Camera makes open days debut

Kirriemuir's Camera Obscura, which offers views across Kirrie Hill to the Angus Glens.
Kirriemuir's Camera Obscura, which offers views across Kirrie Hill to the Angus Glens.

Kirriemuir’s camera obscure will join a number of unusual and interesting buildings across Angus to welcome visitors during the county’s Doors Open Days

A national initiative organised by the Scottish Civic Trust, Doors Open Days provide free access to fascinating buildings across Scotland and on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6, more 20 Angus buildings, from historic castles to secret Cold War bunkers, will participate.

The days are part of next month’s Angus Heritage Week, which runs from September 4-11.

The Camera Obscura and cricket pavilion on Kirrie Hill, gifted to the town by JM Barrie, will be taking part in the event for the first time.

Elaine Findlay, Secretary of Kirriemuir Regeneration Group, which took over the running of the Camera Obscura when it was under threat of closure, said the group wants to encourage as many people as possible to visit Kirriemuir and appreciate how much the ‘Wee Red Toon’ has to offer.

She added: “During both Doors Open Days, our team of volunteers will be offering tours of the camera obscura, including the chance to watch the image from the camera obscura come alive.

“We’ll also have a selection of home baking to accompany the teas and coffees which are always available during the Camera Obscura’s opening hours and a selection of kites for kids and adults to fly from the top of Kirrie Hill - good old fashioned fun.”

The National Trust for Scotland will also open the door to JM Barrie’s Birthplace, the weaver’s cottage where the creator of Peter Pan was born more than 150 years ago. In addition, the church in Kirrie where the author’s funeral was held, St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church, will be open to visitors on Saturday, 5 September.

Other buildings new to the scheme include the Dalhousie Centre in Brechin, which provides support services to older adults in and around the town.

St Vigeans Church will make its Doors Open Days debut on the afternoon of Sunday, 6 September. Formerly Arbroath’s parish church, the building dates back to the 12th century.

The Georgian gem that is the House of Dun, near Montrose, will also be open for the first time.

The full list of Doors Open Days and heritage week events is available at www.angusheritage.com