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

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The Town House has come full circle and is again a focus for Brechin's future. In its present role as  Brechin Town House Museum, we will look forward to developing the whole building to include an exhibitions venue and to expand the museum displays. It will include the former jail cells, one of which will be transformed into a Scriptorium recalling Brechin's importance to mediaeval Scotland; the other will become a diorama depicting the fate of the Town House's last prisoner. An exhibition room will house a permanent exhibition of one of Brechin's most illustrious sons, David Waterson, a painter and etcher of note from the early part of the 20th Century, who, though much admired by his peers in Edinburgh and London and who numbered the King of Sweden among his patrons, chose to live and work in Brechin throughout his lifetime. The refurbished museum  officially opened on the 30th August 2010.


The museum is the venue for a popular series of free talks hosted by the Friends (listed under Events) and this year has included, 'Etching the Past - an appreciation of David Waterson' with David Adam, 'Photos and Memories of Brechin' with Brian Mitchell and recently, 'Brechiners at War' with Steve Nicoll. The Friends oral history project, recording the spoken memories of 'veteran' Brechiners, had been successfully concluded with the production of a set of audio CD's. The Friends are also creating a 'public participation' archive of historical photographs of Brechin; these photographs are contributed by members of the public at the museum where they are copied on the spot and then returned. You can help to support your local museum by joining the Friends here at brechintownhouse.org.uk or at the museum in the High Street.