Heritage week at Glenesk


The Glenesk Folk Museum will be taking part in Angus Heritage week with three fascinating events.

On Saturday, September 14, from 11 a.m. there will be a special spinning demonstration from Kay Anderson.

At 3 p.m. Gilbert and Agnes Lowden will take people of all ages on a slide show journey through many of Glenesk’s intriguing stories. On Wednesday, September 18, at 2.30 p.m. local writer Angus Whitson promises an enthralling and entertaining talk ‘A Tartan Journey’.

Kay Anderson is an expert spinner well known and admired throughout Scotland. She will be spinning from 11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. and 1.15 p.m. - 3 p.m. in the wonderful new agricultural display in the museum’s cobbled Green Shed stables.

Over decades she has taught many people in this age old skill, helping to ensure its future. Kay will show how her spinning wheel works, answer questions and inspire and people can even have a go at spinning on drop spindles.

Kay said: “I have been spinning for over 40 years and I still enjoy it hugely and it will be wonderful to meet everyone who comes to the folk museum to see what I am doing.”

Then from 3 p.m. local history experts Gilbert and Agnes Lowden will be giving a fascinating slide show, ‘Glenesk stories in pictures’. Using archive photographs from the superb museum collection, they will lead everyone on a photographic adventure through the fascintating stories of the glen and its community. Both museum events are free with donations very welcome towards the on going work of conservation and display at this fully accredited much loved museum housed at the four star Retreat visitor centre (nine miles up Glenesk off the B966 Edzell to Fettercairn road).

On Wednesday, September 18, The Retreat continues to celebrate Angus Heritage week with, from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m., a talk from well-known local author and newspaper columnist Angus Whitson.

Angus will take his audience on ‘A Tartan Journey’ to reveal how tartan isn’t just for the Scots but shares its history and traditions with other nationalities.

“I’ve had an interest in tartan for some time,” says Angus, who has designed three tartans, including the Bamse Tartan commemorating Montrose’s famous sea-faring dog, and his family’s Whitson Tartan.

“Tartan is the fabric of our nation and, as there are Irish, Cornish, Welsh and Breton tartans, it’s also the link in the chain that binds together the Celtic nations who live along ‘The Tartan Fringe’.”

The talk is free with donations towards the Retreat visitor centre and Glenesk Folk museum very welcome.

“We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to The Retreat for Angus Heritage week,” added manager Brian Park. “For all enquiries and to book a meal in the Retreat café and restaurant please phone us on 01356 648 070.

“Mike our chef will be offering a variety of delicious freshly cooked dishes and we will enjoy seeing familiar faces and meeting new visitors.”