Our exhibition this year will be about World War I. If you have any pictures, artefacts or anecdotes we would be very pleased to hear from you. Please contact the Museum on 850889 (and leave a message) or email firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, volunteers are usually in the Museum every Tuesday from 9.30 am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 3pm.
We are planning a number of social and fundraising events over the coming months. At the time of writing, we are hoping that our forthcoming first Alternative Valentine’s Dinner will be a success. We are also planning a summer BBQ, a golf related raffle, the quiz night, the art exhibition and a visit from Red Wine productions. I would like to thank everyone for supporting us in our new ventures. In our ever shrinking economy it is always refreshing to know that people still feel able to contribute financially to the Museum. However, upkeeping the building and safeguarding the collection continues to be a costly business so dona- tions are always very welcome.
As always, please get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions.
This year the Museum will be opening to the public on Saturday 4 May. We have decided to extend the days we open to include a Wednesday. The Museum will now be open Wednesdays to Sundays from 2pm to 5pm (please note the slightly later start time). We are always looking for more people to help man the Museum, so if you could spare three hours a few times over the season, we would really appreciate you getting in touch.
The Museum of Abernethy will be opening to the public on Saturday 4 May. The Museum will now be open Wednesdays to Sundays from 2pm to 5pm (please note the extra day and slightly later start time). As you may be aware, the display this year is the First World War. I would like to extend my thanks to Bill Drever and the collections management group for compiling a thorough and fascinating exhibition, which includes locally donated artefacts and a replica of the Abernethy War Memorial. I recommend a visit!
As always, we still have other displays relating to the history of the Parish of Abernethy. We have also made improvements at the Museum, namely refurbished lighting inside and brand new lights in the Garden Gallery outside. The garden itself is also subject to an overhaul which will have a monastic theme in keeping with the history of the site.
The social committee have also been hard at work. Our first valentines dinner in February proved to be a cosy and successful evening. We are now working hard to promote the golf raffle. Do you want to win a round of golf for two at Gleneagles? Only £5 a ticket and with only 100 tickets available the odds are pretty good! The draw will take place on Saturday 13 July in the Museum during the summer BBQ.
We look forward to welcoming lots of local visitors to the Museum over the summer months and here's hoping for some sunshine to encourage those from further afield!
It seems that the beautiful summer weather has had a very positive impact on our visitor numbers. At the time of writing at the end of July we have welcomed 156 more visitors this summer than we had at the same time last year. We have also had a significant increase in the number of groups visiting, which is wonderful.
The Museum Summer BBQ took place on 13 July. It was a very jolly evening and certainly enhanced by Robin's fish which he caught himself. We made a healthy profit of £73 on the evening so thank you to all those who assisted and those who attended. I also had the exciting task of drawing the winning ticket for the Golf Raffle. The brilliant prize of a round of golf for two at Gleneagles was won by Alan Hill (captain of Dunning Golf Club). Congratulations to him! We made £500 from the raffle, so once again, thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket.
The Museum of Abernethy will close for the season on Sunday 29 September. However, we still have the Art Exhibition to look forward to (18-20 October and 25-27 October) and a visit from Red Wine Productions in early November.
Chair of the Museum of Abernethy