Doors Open Days – This weekend!!

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Photo credit: Gillian Hayes, Dapple Photography

Just a reminder…this weekend Doors Open Days events are on for Aberdeenshire (20th); Falkirk; Fife West (21st); Perth and Kinross; Glasgow and Highland Caithness.

Here’s some picks from what’s going on in those areas:

Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Museums Service HQ has an accessible archive full of curator’s treasures open to the public this weekend. A purpose-built museum storage facility and visitor centre, it also houses the service’s technical workshops for functions such as restoration. Collections range from fine art to botanical specimens, so there’s something to pique everyone’s interest.The archive will be open to visitors for guided tours and an introduction behind-the-scenes-at-the-museum, with the photographic suite, conservation unit, education resources, and stores.

Contact: 01771 622807 for booking information

Falkirk

The Steeple is running bookable tours every fifteen minutes courtesy of Falkirk Council & Falkirk Community Trust. A loved landmark of the town dating from 1814 by Architect David Hamilton, The Steeple impressively features four stages, each in a different complementary architectural style. The bottom is severe Florentine; the second Greek Doric; the third or clock chamber Italianate; and the belfry Ionic. It’s two hundred years old now – someone make a cake replica please!

Tickets from the Steeple Box Office (01324) 506850

Fife (West)

Rosyth Castle and Doocot has a tour hosted by members of the Rosyth Garden City History Association. Guides will explain the Doocot’s function and links to the 15th century castle, which is one of the most impressive in the region

Perth and Kinross

We previously features Birks Cinema in one of our newsletter picks, but it’s such a showstopper we had to add it here too. A new addition to this year’s programme, it’s a striking art-deco cinema restored to its original function. Sunday sees two behind the scenes tours taking place during the day, at 11:00 and 15:00, with a Family-friendly screening at 12.30.

Highland Caithness

Another archive, Dunnet Head Educational Trust opens its doors to an extensive collection of WWII information, including plans of Burifa Hill and Dunnet Head. No need to book ahead, just head down for a fascinating insight into local and world history.

Glasgow

Last but not least, the not-so-small matter of Glasgow! The area has so much going on it demands a blog post of it’s own. For an excuse to celebrate, be sure to head down to Yelp Glasgow’s Doors Open Day party on Sunday evening at the brand new Alston Bar & Beef which has just opened under Glasgow Central Station. There will be an interactive display giving a snapshot of some of the beautiful, lesser-known parts of Glasgow and its history.

Booking Required – http://bit.ly/yelpDOD

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Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free annual architectural event. It is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust.
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