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23 May 2017

Angus Folk Museum closed

A view of stone buildings housing museum exhibits, with farming equipment seen in the foreground.
Angus Folk Museum
It is with great regret that we have to confirm that the Angus Folk Museum is now permanently closed.

Due to structural issues, the buildings have been deemed unsuitable to house the important collection telling the story of the people of Angus and their life on the land 200 years ago.

Following a rigorous review and appraisal by specialist teams, the Trust has concluded that the current building is no longer suitable to house the collection and alternative options for the permanent housing of the collection are being considered.

In the meantime, you can find out more about Angus and its people by visiting the House of Dun, near Montrose. Once home to the Erskines, one of the area’s most important families, the estate also accommodated a wide range of tenants and workers with interesting stories just waiting to be discovered.
Our objective is to ensure that the collection to be displayed and interpreted in fresh ways in order to meet current and future visitor expectations.

The collection was established by Jean, Lady Maitland, who was inspired by the Highland Folk Museum in Kingussie and wanted to bring together the simple, everyday items commonly used by local folk. Collection items have been put into safe storage pending a long-term home in the Angus region being found for them.

From the tools needed to till the land and raise livestock to the paraphernalia that transformed milk to butter and fleeces to wool, the collection serves as an important reminder of the rich agricultural heritage of Angus. There are also several pieces related to weaving, which was once a hugely important cottage industry in the area.

Update from summer 2021

Discover a new, interactive visitor experience in the House of Dun courtyard, now home to the Angus Folk Collection.