Visitor attraction’s closure prompts society’s change of venue

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The closure of Pictavia near Brechin has brought to an end a long-running partnership with an Angus-wide association.

The Pictish Arts Society has enjoyed a close relationship with Angus Council as Pictavia, a theme relating the history of the Picts in the Angus area, was its home for its annual series of winter lectures.

The closure of Pictavia at the end of this month means that the society has had to find an alternative venue and the lecture on October 17 will be the last at that site.

In association with Angus Council Museums, however, the talk on 21 November will mark the first of a new chapter for the Society when the upstairs gallery at Brechin Museum in the High Street will host the first talk after Pictavia.

A society spokesman said: “News of the closure of Pictavia was a sad day for the Society but the welcome offer of a new home for our lectures at Brechin Museum was gladly accepted.

“We look forward to a long and happy relationship with Angus Council Museums.”

The third lecture in this year’s season, on Friday, November 21 will be in the upstairs gallery of Brechin Museum, on the High Street. The talk will be by Norman Atkinson and is entitled ‘The Dunnichen Stone, Lost and Found’. This will chart the journey of the stone from its discovery to its present location in The Meffan in Forfar and examine what scraps of information about it survive.

The society requests that advance notice be given by anyone attending who may require disabled access. This allows for assistance to be provided and for supervision of the potential requirement of escape in case of emergency. Advance notice may be advised to Stewart Mowatt on 01356 623981.

Doors open at Brechin Museum at 7 p.m. and tea, coffee and biscuits will be available after the talks.

The talks are free to members and £2.50 to non-members.