Summer season & Clock Tower
03 April 2015
After what seems a long winter we have moved into spring and although the weather has not greatly improved yet the museum is now operating to our summer schedule - open Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesdays) from 1330 to 1630 hrs. As usual improvements have been made by our team of volunteers over the winter; these include the acquistion of some 19th century display cabinents and a bigger collection of model ships. Of particular interest may be the personal memories of Dunnottar primary school as documented in a series of jottings from 1955 onwards. Fascinating reading for ex pupils and their families.
We are also happy to announce that we have been chosen by Aberdeenshire Council to operate the newly re-furbished Clock Tower. This will be open on the same days and times as the museum - come and see the new look. A huge change from its previous state and now preserved for a few more generations.
As ever we are always looking for new volunteers - pop into the museum and meet the friendly crowd that are working for the community. Please come and join us.
Congratulations to Victoria & Charlie
08 March 2015
On Saturday 7th March 2015 another milestone occured for the Stonehaven Tolbooth Association, the charity that now runs the local museum. We hosted our first wedding! Indeed we suspect that this might be the first wedding ever to be held at the Tolbooth.
Victoria Black and Charlie Barrow were married by the local Registar, Cressida Coates, in a ceremony conducted before 25 invited guests. Apart from the uniqueness of the setting it must be one of the few locations in Scotland where the anvil features in the ceremony. The Tolbooth volunteers wish the newly weds every happiness for the future. Thank you for choosing the museum for such a significant day in your lives.
AfterDark Paranormal Returns
09 September 2014
Once again we have had pleasure in hosting AfterDark Paranormal Investigations for another night at the Tolbooth museum. As you will see from the attached report the company had an excellent night and appeared to have enjoyed themselves immensely. The museum was only too pleased to aid them in their investigations.
Stonehaven Folk Festival
14 July 2014
The annual Stonehaven Folk Festival was held between 10th and 13th July. The whole town was buzzing with official and unofficial events in a number of venues and visitors had a great time. The Tolbooth museum has a commitment to make its premises a hub for the local community and in order to practice what we preach we opened our doors to impromptu music sessions on the Saturday and Sunday. This was a very succesful venture, partly due to the uniqueness of the museum; the favourite 'stage' was inside our prison cell. Over 500 visitors came through our doors during the Festival and was an excellent example of merging different cultural streams. We look forward to even better collaboration with the Festival next year. The image shown is that of Ron Gardiner singing from the cell - no he was not singing 'Please Release Me'.
On the Rocks
16 June 2014
Dunnottar Primary school are running a project for P5 and 6 about the geology of Stonehaven. The museum was delighted when we were approached by Christina Wells, a teacher at Dunnottar, enquiring whether we could help out with this project. One of our main displays highlights the complex and fascinating geological structures in Stonehaven bay. With the help of Peter Craig who has published works on the stones found on Stonehaven beach a mini field study was quickly put together. 36 pupils arrived at the museum on Monday 16th June and they spent half of their time in museum where George Strang and Jim Bruce explained the artefacts on display and then the rest of the time was spent on the beach where Peter pointed out the different stones to be found and encouraged the pupils to act as amateur geologists by using coloured identity cards. We hope the pupils enjoyed themselves and learnt something new. We are always priviliged when we can help out local schools.
Letters from the children can be viewed in the attached pdf file.