The Trust consulted widely last year on the development of a heritage centre at Cultybraggan Camp, based on the Category A Listed Buildings (the former Guards` Block and adjacent Nissen Huts). The centre would achieve the aim of both creating a museum and combining this with the work on lowering Comrie`s carbon footprint. The design and uses of this Futures Centre was endorsed at the community open meetings and workshops, and now has the approval, in principle, of the Council and Historic Scotland.
The next stage in the project is to secure the funding to progress the development of the concept, e.g. the material to be exhibited, and the programmes to be run to help more people learn about and research their own heritage.
The Trust`s Oral History Group has, with the publication of the booklet Camp 21, collecting material on the history of the camp. The aim of the museum is, however, to exhibit the heritage also of Comrie and the surrounding area.
The Local History Group has gathered a small amount of local material by people handing in photos, scrap-books, etc., but there must be a lot more out there which could help tell Comrie’s story. So why don’t you check out your cupboards, your loft or your garden shed and see if you’ve anything of interest? We’re on the lookout for photos, slides books, objects, mementos, anything which might be of interest. Have you got an old programme from a concert or a local event? How about a gasmask left over from the war? Maybe an old tobacco pouch or snuff box? A railway sign? An old farm implement? A kitchen tool? A sewing machine? Anything at all? Anything that might be of interest?
We promise to catalogue it, label it (so you don’t lose it) and look after it carefully. If it’s a photo, press cutting or postcard you don’t want to be parted from, please et us scan it (a harmless process for the original) and keep a copy.
We would also like to know whether you would be interested in joining a working group to look at how these ideas can be further developed.
Please get in touch to have a chat about anything you think might be interesting – email Will Reid: email@example.com
or just pop into the CDT office on Drummond St (01764 670769)