Abernethy, Aberargie and Dron News

Last date for submissions

31st October 2022

Date of publication

1st December 2022


(Well, the end of the month, anyhow)

This is the last full year of the Tay Landscape Partnership projects with which the Museum has been involved and, as 2017 is also the Perth & Kinross Archaeology Year, the following will be happening in and around Abernethy:

On June 24th and 25th (Saturday and Sunday) the Museum will be open 10.00—17.00, and all are wel- come to come along.

The (3rd) Wee Big Dig—24th and 25th, different loca- tions in the village. Free, contact Lindsey Gibb at lindsey.gibb@pkht.org.uk or call (01738) 477 086.

Afternoon Tea—Saturday 24th, 14.00-17.00, Williamson Hall. £5, incl. free tombola.

Some Mediaeval Mischief—Saturday 24th, Museum and Williamson Hall (re-enactors).

Stone Carving—(try your hand) Sunday 25th, 10.00- 13.00 and 14.00-17.00, Museum. Free, see Sushiela Jamieson at www.rachan.co.uk

Guided Tours of the Round Tower—Sunday 25th,14.30- 15.30 and 16.00-17.00. Free, contact Adrian Cox at adrian.cox@hes.scot

Digital Presentation of Abernethy village by St. Andrews University boffins, times and location t.b.c.

Car Treasure Hunt—Wednesday 28th June, starts 19,00 from school car park, £10 per car.

THE BIG DIG! Excavation of Castle Law Iron Age Hill- fort—Wednesday 28th June—Saturday 8th July (except 2-4 July). To join in the dig, contact Lindsey Gibb at lindsey.gibb@pkht.org.uk or call (01738) 477 086.

 NOTE: In most of the above, all children must be ac- companied by an adult.

Angus Mcintyre

The museum opened again on the 6th May. I would like to thank all of the volunteers who have been working tirelessly to get the museum ready to open for the season and all the volunteers that help the museum to open and function throughout the year – without you we could not operate.

We took the decision to revamp our Garden Gallery displays by getting the boards professionally created in weatherproof material which was partly paid for by the Tayside Landscape Project. Many thanks go to all of the Collection Management Group for their work in organising the refurbishment of the display boards

and the artefacts on display in the Garden Gallery – it has been a huge task.

We also have a large number of displays about Abernethy life from prehistoric through Pictish times to the present as well as a children’s corner with new activities for the children to enjoy (e.g. a new dig box  in the garden and new games for the children).

Our board since our Annual Members’ Meeting consists of myself as Chair, Irene McLaren, Volunteer Secretary, Angus Macintyre , Fabric & Maintenance and Carolyn Smart, Social Committee representative and garden guru. Thank you all for being on the board and helping to run the Museum so efficiently.

We are still looking for a Minute Secretary and would welcome anyone who would like to volunteer for this position. The main duties are taking minutes at:

* The Board Meetings (4-5 per year)

* The combined groups' meeting (twice per year)

* The Annual Members Meeting once per year.

* 7-8 meetings in all.

These minutes mainly take the form of actions to be carried out by the various attendees as all the different groups produce their own report for each meeting. We

circulate all meeting notes etc by email and so the person would have to have access to email and be able to produce documents but we have templates to use so no need to set anything up.

We are open every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 5pm until 1st of October.

If you wish to become a member of the Museum and/or become a volunteer, your support would be greatly appreciated. As well as the satisfaction of being involved in a fantastic local resource, you will be invited to a number of events throughout the year. For more information please call the Museum on 850889 or look at the website www.museumofabernethy.co.uk or email me at secretary@museumofabernethy.co.uk.

Bring your friends and family and spread the word about your lovely local museum - enjoy all our displays, the new children’s activities and find out more about the life and times of our charming ancient burgh and parish.

Lesley Robinson


Museum of Abernethy

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation

Charity Number: SC023100