Perth to open its doors to public
The city of Perth is set to host the last of three weekends of Doors Open Days this weekend.
Iconic landmarks from across the Fair City will swing open their doors to the public on Saturday and Sunday after successful events in Kinross-shire, Strathearn, Highland and eastern Perthshire earlier this month.
Organised by Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, the weekend will allow members of the public to explore some of the lesser-known buildings in the city, some of which are not normally open to the public.
A selection of highlights includes Perth Community Fire Station, Perth College UHI, The Fair Maid’s House in the North Port, Black Watch Castle and Museum, Perth and Kinross Council’s headquarters at 2 High Street, The Library Room of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science at Perth Museum and Art Gallery – and the artists’ studios on Melville Street.
The C-listed Buchan House on York Place, once part of the Knox Free Church and the birthplace of John Buchan in 1875 – the first baron of Tweedsmuir and former Governor of Canada, as well as a prolific writer and politician – is also included.
Tours will be offered throughout the day on Saturday from 10am until 3pm.
Similarly, Bowerswell House – a mid-19th Century Italianate villa which was home to socialite Effie Gray and became a Second World War memorial – will be open and will have artwork and floral displays on Saturday from 1-4pm.
Isla Road’s Durn, built in 1880 for Surgeon Major Frederick Robert Wilson of the 57th brigade, will also have guided tours from 10am4pm, including refreshments on the balcony overlooking the North Inch and a chance to play croquet on the lawn.
Poet William Soutar’s house on Wilson Street will also be open on Saturday, and will include guided tours and poetry recitals from noon-2pm.
For golf enthusiasts, The Royal Perth Golfing Society and County and City Club on Atholl Crescent – first built in 1824 – will offer a range of golfing artefacts and memorabilia on display.
The society will also be laying on free guided tours on the hour from 11am-3pm.
Over the weekend there will be a number of other free guided tours, including behind-the-scenes at both AK Bell Library and Perth Archive, and Perth Museum and Art Gallery, along with tours of Greyfriars Burial Ground off Canal Street on the site of the medieval Franciscan Friary, and tours of the facilities at Friarton Recycling Centre.
For the first time, the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration based in Belhaven House – an exbrewery on Marshall Place – will be open from 10.30am-3pm on Saturday.
There will also be a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of the extensive construction work currently ongoing on the northwest edge of Perth.
The £35million Perth Transport Futures Project will be inviting members of the public onto the site, including a 3D visual of the site, a presentation, a model of the temporary bridge, and activities The Fair Maid’s House Perth’s St John’s Kirk
Perth Museum and Art Gallery for children.
Guided tours will be offered on the hour from 10am-3pm on Sunday, September 17.
Booking is essential via visit www.dod_PTFP.eventbrite.co.uk.
In addition, a number of churches are also taking part in the project.
These include St Ninian’s Cathedral, St John’s Roman Catholic Church, St John’s Episcopal Church, St Leonard’sin-the-field, Perth Congregational Church, St Matthew’s Church of Scotland, Perth Methodist Church, and the flagship St John’s Kirk.
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