Folk museum closed until further notice

THE ANGUS Folk Museum in Glamis has been closed until further notice as a precautionary measure.

This follows a regular condition check of the building by the National Trust for Scotland’s surveyors which suggested that roof tiles had loosened from the property.

The museum, which is housed in six 18th century cottages, contains artefacts and displays depicting over 200 years of rural life in Angus.

The Trust’s group manager for the north east of Scotland, Steve Callaghan, said: “Our surveyors were carrying out one of their regular inspections of the museum and found evidence that suggested that heavy slate tiles were coming loose from the property’s roof.

“Our first priority is the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff and that is why we have closed the museum with immediate effect.

“We are now arranging more detailed surveys of the roof in order to properly understand the extent of the problem and determine how long it will take to put things right.”

He continued: “Once we have a clearer picture of the situation we will provide more information to the local community and prospective visitors.

“We are acutely aware how important the museum is for the area and will do everything we can to resolve the situation as quickly as we can.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience caused but we must take all reasonable precautions.”

The Angus Folk Museum provides visitors with an insight into what rural Scottish life was like 200 years ago.

It is regarded as one of Scotland’s finest folk collections and comprises six 18th century cottages and an agricultural collection in the nearby steading.

The museum’s huge collection is one of the local area’s most popular attractions.

It was founded by Lady Maitland and was run by Trustees until the National Trust for Scotland took over the care of the museum in 1976.