Perth to open its doors to pub­lic

Perthshire Advertiser - - THE TICKET - Rachel Clark

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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