MSP highlights the need for Trust property volunteers

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey is backing an appeal by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) for volunteers to give guided tours of Barrie’s Birthplace in Kirriemuir.

The MSP was speaking after being shown round both J. M. Barrie’s former home and Camera Obscura, which the trust manages for Angus Council, by local NTS property manager John McKenna.

Mr Dey said : “The National Trust for Scotland is keen to enhance the experience of those visiting J. M. Barrie’s Birthplace by offering guided tours, and to that end they are on the lookout for volunteers to be trained for the role.

“My own visit was made all the more interesting and enjoyable by having Mr McKenna explain the history and significance of many of the artefacts on display, and I would encourage anyone interested in carrying out this role to get in touch.”

During his visit the MSP learned that the five NTS run properties in Angus – Barrie’s Birthplace, Camera Obscura, the House of Dun, Barry MIll, and the Angus Folk Museum in Glamis – which between them employ 50 people - all generate a profit.

He was told the trust is committed to building on that success.

Barrie’s Birthplace now has more than 5,000 visitors annually and the NTS is keen to further increase those numbers.

Mr Dey added: “I understand that the overwhelming majority of visitors to all of the Trust-run venues in the county come from outwith Angus.

“In one regard that is great but it would be nice if more local folk were taking the opportunity to visit these fine sites.

“Sometimes we forget just how much of an enjoyable and informative day out Angus has to offer, and summer is the perfect time to drop by and see for yourself.”