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The Ancient Cathedral City of Brechin is in Angus, Scotland.

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Sarah Kettles talk on the THI       David Adam giving an etching demonstration on David Waterson's bench etching press.



Forthcoming illustrated talks in 2018

Brechin Museum Upper Gallery


All talks are at 2 pm - refreshments are provided.

Non-members £2.

Yearly membership of The Friends of Brechin Town House Museum ensures free admission to our talks - charges here


After a break in July and August we resume in September 2018


September 4th 2018

'The Hidden Life of Robert Watson Watt'


Steve Nicoll

Steve has been researching some of the private matters that concerned Brechin's radar pioneer and discusses what Watson Watt did after the Second World War.


October 2nd 2018

'Victorian Values: The Family Life of Charles Dickens'


 Mary Liddiard


November 6th 2018

'The Court of the Lord Lyon'

  Jo Morrow


Past events;

Friday 8th June 2018

'Lighthouse Memories; A Childhood Remembered'

by Mr Gavin Hunter and Mr James Robertson

Life as the daughter of a lighthouse keeper is the fascinating and engaging focus of our talk. The late Martha Robertson was that girl and her book 'A Quiet Life' has inspired this presentation

The Annual General Meeting of The Friends of Brechin Town House Museum

22nd May 2018 at 2pm

Brechin Museum in the High Street

1st May 2018

'Mountain Rescue in Tayside'


Mr Paul Morgan

The deputy leader of the police mountain rescue team describes the equipment and their work to rescue people on the mountains of Tayside.

3rd April 2018

'Scots in World War 1'


Mr Fraser Brown

13th February 2018

The Friends will host an

Open Evening

at 7pm in the museum.

All are welcome and this is an an ideal opportunity to meet the Friends or indeed join us by becoming a member.

Cheese and wine, coffee and tea, biscuits and nibbles, sausage rolls and various presentations. 


6th March 2018

'A Brief History of The Burn'


Mr David Turner OBE

The life and times of a unique country estate. the Bursar of The Burn, David Turner, will tell the story of the estate from its creation in the late 18th Century through to the present day. David will talk about the people, the land and the key events that have shaped The Burn's development over the past 250 years. It is a fascinating tale full of interest and surprise.

December 5th 2017

'The Norse, Eskimos and Environment in Medieval Greenland'

by Dr Andy McMullen

November 7th 2017

'Dangerous to Know; Lord Byron and the Women in his Life'

by Mary Liddiard

September 5th 2017

'Brechin in Old Photographs'

by Fiona Scharlau

October 3rd 2017

'Early History of Glen Esk'

by Norman Atkinson

6th June 2017

Mary Queen of Scots


Brian Mitchell

7th March 2017

'The Dun 25 Restoration Project'

The story behind bringing back to life a

Royal Observer Corps Nuclear Monitoring Post at Edzell.

by Jim Sherrit


4th April 2017

'Benny Lynch - Scotland's First Boxing World


  by Steve Nicoll

2nd May 2017

'Brechin City Football Club - A History'

By Ken Ferguson

7th February 2017

'Poetry Recital - Brechin Poets'

Alexander Laing and Colin Sievwright

by David Adam & Marchia May

6th December

'Environmental history of the Cairngorms'

by Dr. Andy McMullen

The Management Committee invite you to a

Member's Evening

on Friday 12 August 2016

at 6.30pm

in Brechin Town House Museum.

The Brechin High School exhibition will be on show.

Finger Buffet, wine and soft drinks.


6th September 2016

'Lewis Grassic Gibbon'

by James Brown


4th October 2016

The Earl of Southesk in Saskatchewan 1859

by Gavin Hunter


1st November

'Liberty, Equality and Adultery-Love in the Napoleonic Times'

by Mary Liddiard


1st March 2016

'Florence Nightingale and Connections with Brechin'

By Mary Liddiard.


5th April 2016

'The Poet William McGonagall'

by Steve Nicol


3rd May 2016

'The History of Stracathro Hospital'

by Susan Skene


 Annual General meeting of The Friends of Brechin Town House Museum.

24th May 2pm in the museum, all welcome.


7th June

'Our Wonderful Angus Glens'

by Mike Groves


1st December 2015

'A History of Brechin Cathedral'

By Rev. Roderick J Grahame, BD(Hons), CPS, DMin - Minister of the Cathedral


Friends Chairman Brian Mitchell and Senior Museum Assistant Gillian Tough with the medieval pot unearthed near Brechin Cathedral.



1st September 2015

'Brechin Artist David Waterson RE - A Gallery Tour'

An exploration of the current exhibition in the museum featuring privately owned works from the David Waterson Trust with local artist David Adam



6th October 2015

'William Lamb - ARSA'

An illustrated talk on the Montrose artist and sculptor by Norman Atkinson.



3rd November 2015

'Spain - Where Raptors Soar' and 'Glimpse through the Cloud Forest - Costa Rica'

Two photo journal talks describing the nature and landscape abroad by the Angus based professional photographer and naturalist Mark Caunt



The Friends will hold an Annual General Meeting on 19 May 2015 at 2pm in the museum and all members are welcome.


10 February 2015

'The Beatles in Scotland'

by Steve Nicoll

An interesting revelation about the famous pop group.


24 February 2015

'Sand in my Sporran, Snow in his Sandals'

by Andy Malcolm

The story of a job exchange on the wild side.

A highland deer stalker swaps jobs with an African big game reserve warden.


 24 March 2015

'The Marquis of Montrose - The Man'

by Mary Liddiard


28 April 2015

'Soldiers, Gods and Gardens'

by Dale Haigh

An insight into 17th Century Scotland and its modern portrayal.


5 May 2015

'The East of Scotland Sea Eagle Project

by Rhian Evans - RSPB project officer


14 October 2014

Quarries of Angus

by Jim Wallace


11 November 2014

Montrose Air Museum and Three Soldiers

by Forbes Inglis


9 December 2014

David Waterson's Photographs

by Brian Mitchell


6th May 2014

The Story of Glen Esk in Pictures

by Agnes and Gilbert Lowden


21st May 2014

Annual General Meeting

The Friends of Brechin Town House Museum



23rd April 2014

Sir Robert Watson-Watt

Radar Pioneer

by Steve Nicoll.


1st April 2014

Violet Jacob

by Shiela Mann


4th February 2014

Drop In Event

Mulled wine and snacks. 

A chance to join the Friends or introduce a friend or yourself.

Preview of forthcoming talks.


 4th March 2014

Tales of the Angus Glens

by Gordon Sneddon


 3rd December 2013

Brechin Railway

by George Mitchell


 5th November 2013

Jacobites in the Brechin Area

by Brian Mitchell


 Next Friends committee meeting is on 19 November 2013 in the museum 2pm.

New members and member Friends welcome.


1st October 2013

Brechin United Cooperative Society

by Brian Stephen


3rd September 2013

 Sketchbook in the Glen

by David Adam


Next Friends committee meeting is on 18 February 2013 in the museum 2pm.

New members and member Friends welcome.


12 March 2013

'Sir Robert Watson Watt'

by Steve Nicoll


9 April 2013

'Mud House at Logie'

by Joe Wishart


14 May 2013

'Brechin Musical Memories'

by Gordon Penman & Isobel Luke


11 June 2013

'The Brechin Model '

 The model reconstruction of Brechin centre in 1822.

by Brian Gallagher


The Friends will take part in Christmas in the City on the 8th December at the Town House Museum 2pm

Brian Mitchell will show old photos and the Oral History CD's will be available to listen to.


11 December 2012

'Images of Brechin'

Brian Mitchell


25 September 2012

'Catherine Hollingworth OBE'

Steve Nicoll


16 October 2012

'Angus Doocots'

Brian Stephen


20 November 2012

'Patchwork Quilting'

Norma Scothern

'Murders in 19th Century Angus'

A talk by Forbes Inglis

April 25th 2012 2pm


Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 9th May 2012

2pm Brechin Town House Museum

All welcome and an opportunity to join the 'Friends'


'Aircraft Crashes in the Local Area'

A talk by Steve Nicoll

May 16th 2012 2pm


 Easter Eggstravaganza in the Museum - Saturday 7th April 2012   2 - 5pm. Old photo slide show, refreshments and Museum egg hunt!


 'Images and Memories 2'

A talk by Brian Mitchell

Past February 22nd 2012 2pm


'Brechin Townscape Heritage Initiative'

A talk by project administrator Sarah Kettles

Past March 21st 2012 2pm


The Friends of Brechin Town House Museum are putting on a slide show

in Brechin Museum on Saturday 10 December between 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m.

We'll be showing old photographs that we collected from local folk over the last few weeks. Some great photos of old Brechin and area. There will also be mulled wine and nibbles and there is no charge. There will be a running commentary from Brian but visitors can come and go at any time. Come along and support the local museum.


'Working in the Factory' 

A talk by Mr George Mitchell

Learn about life working in a Brechin weaving factory.

Past 26th October 2012pm

Brechin Town House Museum

'Angus Victoria Crosses'

A talk by Mr Steve Nicoll

Discover some facts about Victoria Crosses awarded to Angus folk. 

Past 23rd November 2011

2pm Brechin Town House Museum


Annual General Meeting

Past 22nd June 2011

2pm Brechin Town House Museum

All welcome & join the 'Friends'


'Brechiners at War'

A presentation by Mr Steve Nicoll

Past 15th June 2011

Town House Museum 2pm
Discover facts about Brechiners who fought in the second world war.


'Photos and Memories'

A presentation by Mr Brian Mitchell

Past 30th March 2011

Town House Museum 2pm

A chance to see and share memories of Brechin and Brechiners in the 1900's.


'David Waterson' 

A presentation by Mr David Adam

Past 2 Feb 2011
Learn about Waterson's techniques and print an etching using his old bench press.