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News Release

New heritage gallery to be launched in Fettercairn

19th March 2012

A heritage project led by Aberdeenshire Council’s Forest View Centre in Stonehaven will unveil the latest addition to the initiative this month.

The Mearns Heritage Project will launch a special gallery in the Clatterin’ Brig restaurant, Fettercairn, on Wednesday, March 28, and members of the public are being invited to donate their old photographs and memorabilia for display.

The two year project is designed to involve adults with learning disabilities and the wider community in researching and recording the history of the Mearns over the last 30 years – coinciding with the 30 years of provision of services for adults with learning disabilities by Forest View Centre.

Jane Taylor, manager of the Clatterin’ Brig, has provided gallery space for the display of heritage material produced by the project, and it is hoped a wide range of individuals and groups will also contribute their hidden gems to the display.

Members of the public are invited to bring along photographs, exhibits and memorabilia of the Mearns, or even just to share their memories of people, places and events in the Mearns
Forest View service users from the project, and a team of researchers, will be joined on the day by local primary and secondary pupils, to chart and record the material which people bring along.

A set of photographs produced from old glass negatives will form part of the display, and those who attend will be asked to help identify the time, place and people who appear in the photographs in a bid to capture vital information about the Mearns which might otherwise be lost or forgotten.

Project officer Dave Ramsay said: “Coming at almost the end of the first year of the project, this is a fitting way for the community to contribute to the project and the heritage. The use of the gallery space in the restaurant will form an ongoing display over the life of the project.

“It also demonstrates the integrated approach of the project through adults with learning disabilities, the wider community, and heritage groups.”

The opening ceremony of the gallery will be part of a heritage fair, and will take place at the Clatterin’ Brig between 10am and 4pm, with the Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire, Carol Kinghorn, performing the opening ceremony at 12 noon.

The Mearns Heritage is a two year project by Aberdeenshire Council, funded by LEADER Aberdeenshire, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.


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