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Turriff Museum welcomes visitors to learn about local war effort


By Kirsty Brown

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Turriff Museum has opened its doors to the public for the 2021 season.

Following a limited 2020 season, Turriff And District Heritage Society were delighted to be able to welcome visitors back to the former municipal building.

The attraction was formally opened by councillor Alastair Forsyth in the presence of society members.

This season's special exhibition - which can be found in the Museum's Heritage Hub - focusses on the local war effort and was inspired by last year's postponed VE Day celebrations.

It includes stories, letters, newspapers and memorabilia donated by local residents.

The wartime display in the Heritage Hub is accompanied by the permanent displays of Turriff's history featured elsewhere in the museum building.

Upon opening the museum Mr Forsyth - himself a veteran - said: "I am privileged to have been asked to open the Turriff And District Heritage Society museum for the 2021 season.

"As a military veteran it was also a pleasure to talk about the VE day celebration and its role in how we record our history

"New exhibits are in this year's offering, and I recommend visitors to come and look.

"The heritage Society maintain and record local history, a collection of photographs, documents and artefacts help to remind us of who we are and how we function as a community.

"The importance of this cannot be understated when we look at how we might develop in the future; our past matters in shaping our ideas for the future.

"I am looking forward to the new session and I wish the Heritage management team and volunteers a successful season and trust they have lots of visitors who are generous in their donations which help the keep of the exhibitions fresh and interesting."

The Session Cottage museum, which is also operated by Turriff And District Heritage Society volunteers and is situated just along the road on Castle Street, will also open this week.

The Doric Neuk, situated within the museum, has also now opened for the season.

Turriff Museum and Doric Neuk will be open from 11am-3pm Wednesday-Saturday and the Session Cottage museum will be open on Thursdays between noon and 3pm.

Entry is free but donations are gratefully received.

Turriff Museum reopens with a special exhibition on the local war effort. Picture: Kirsty Brown
Turriff Museum reopens with a special exhibition on the local war effort. Picture: Kirsty Brown

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