A meeting of volunteers at the Tolbooth Museum, Stonehaven, was held last Wednesday to celebrate one year of operation of the Museum by the Tolbooth Group. This has been done in fruitful cooperation with Aberdeenshire Council.
George Strang reported on how the displays had been reorganised with themes such as the Titantic and local connections, fishing, domestic life and R W Thomson, the Stonehaven-born inventor of the pneumatic tyre. The displays had been well received by visitors with many appreciative comments in the visitors’ book. The reconstructed jail was a great attraction to younger visitors. Rachel Shanks talked about the educational visits to the Museum by primary schoolchildren. These are regarded as a very imporant part of the work done by the Tolbooth Group. Dennis Collie said that there had been 12654 visitors to the Museum from the time it opened at the end of May 2011 to the end of March 2012. This meant that it had the second highest number of visitors of all the Aberdeenshire museums. David Fleming reported that a survey had been carried out into the state of the Tolbooth building which showed no major cause for concern.
Live performances are are a part of what is on offer at the Tolbooth. They seek to bring alive the cultural heritage of the area. On Sunday 10th June, starting at 2pm the Tollbooth Group are delighted to welcome the Burns Quoir. There will be a selection of sea songs, folk songs and Burns.
The meeting also looked to the future and agreed to set up a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) to be called Stonehaven Tolbooth Association. The members of the SCIO would be the volunteers who man the museum and ensure its operation. It was agreed that the initial charity trustees will be Andrew Newton, Cressida Coates, Gwynne Stewart and Rachel Shanks. The SCIO will in due course replace the Tolbooth Group and enable the volunteers, as members of the new organisation, to have a greater say in the running of the Museum.