Laundry work in the 1800s and early 1900s was very much the domain of women. The clothes beetle on display in the museum represents the old tradition of washing clothes by beating them on a stone by a riverside.
The agricultural section contains the work bench and lathe belonging to the Rev Patrick Bell, minister of Carmyllie, who invented the first reaping machine (displayed in the Science Museum, London).
In the early 1800s spinning and weaving was an important industry across Angus. Weaving was usually carried out by men, while the women specialised in spinning and pirn or bobbin winding. The exhibition at the museum is dominated by a Jacquard loom, a remarkable device invented in 1801, which has a control system driven by punched cards – not unlike those used to program the first computers over a century and a half later.
There is a schoolroom, Victorian manse parlour and rural kitchen among the many displays to be seen
The museum features a reconstructed farm steading with the farmer's bothy forming part of the exhibition
The Angus Folk Museum is in Glamis village, 5 miles SW of Forfar.
By bus Limited service from Dundee via Forfar, and Kirriemuir; Meffan Coaches services 124 & 125 (Monday to Saturday), telephone (01575) 572130 or Strathtay Buses service 20C (on Sundays), see the Stagecoach website for details.