Landmark album for Angus Archives

THE ANGUS Archives has almost reached its landmark 1000th album.

It was way back in 1989 when the Angus Archives were founded with MS1 - a collection of holiday and nature diaries written by schoolgirl Margaret Forrest Mill between 1915 and 1919.

Those diaries turned out to be the first donation of many which have been handed in by individuals and organisations over the years.

Since those early days new additions to the archive have arrived in person, by van and from far flung, exotic destinations.

The collections range from salmon catch records to Georgian recipies, Victorian children’s letters, many photograph albums and Women’s Rural Institute records of the 20th century and much, much more.

The archivists are always fascinated by what will come to them next.

Just this week number MS 998 and MS 999 have been filled with two fabulous albums of Forfar burgh material from the 1960s.

The albums cover such topics as proclimations of new monarchs, the crew of HMS Forfar, presentation of a quaich to John Maclay MP, Kirking of the Council in 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962 and 1974, Glenogil water inspections, dinner in honour of Provost A M Lowson in September 1950, Festival of Britain events in 1951, the 1953 coronation floral display, Freedom of the burgh presented to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in 1956 and to the Black Watch in 1965.

Other topics include the ‘Forfar will be Forfar Still’ pageant and other events in 1965, presentation of the new bailie’s chains in 1968, Riding of the Marches in 1965, group portraits of Forfar Town Council and the opening of the Guide Dogs for the Blind facility by Princess Alexandra.

There are also a host of pictures of streets prior to demolition and aerial views of the town.

The albums can be viewed in the search room during normal opening hours of Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Angus Archives would like to thank all of their donors for their generosity and invite future donations of records and photographs about any aspect of Angus life and Angus people from any era.

The next Drop in Day on Thursday, July 28 will be on the subject of sport.

For more information please contact the Archives team on 01307 468644 or angus.archives@angus.gov.uk