Talk to turn the spotlight on the women in Peter Pan author’s life

Sir James Barrie
Sir James Barrie

It is said that behind every great man there is a woman and a forthcoming talk will look at Peter Pan author JM Barrie from a different perspective.

Successful men and women are influenced throughout their lives by people and incidents. In Barrie’s case, who were the women who influenced him and why? And did they influence him for good or bad?

Sheila Philp is a museum assistant at the Gateway to the Glens Museum and a former NTS manager of Barrie’s Birthplace and lives in Strath View where Barrie was married in 1894.

The event, at the museum next Wednesday, November 27, will also present an opportunity to view the recent acquisition of the Silver Barrie Freedom Casket outwith the museum’s usual opening hours.

Known as ‘The Heart of Kirriemuir’, the silver casket which housed the Burgess Ticket offering the Freedom of Kirriemuir was presented to Sir J.M. Barrie by The Provost, Magistrate and Councillors of The Burgh of Kirriemuir on June 7, 1930.

The Casket was bought by Angus Council for its museum collection with the help of The Art Fund & National Fund for Acquisitions on August 8 this year.

It was made by silversmiths Brook & Son, George Street, Edinburgh in 1929 and is decorated with images of sites in Kirriemuir which held significant memories for Barrie.

It was the first time the casket had come up for sale since it entered a private family collection in 1938, when it was bought for £56 at Southeby’s in London during a sale of the late author’s belongings.

Admission to the talk, which begins at 7 p.m., is free but booking is essential. Further information is available from the museum between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday by telephoning 01575 575479 or e-mailing kirriegateway@angus.gov.uk or by calling in to The Townhouse, 32 High Street, Kirriemuir.