Person NameMontrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society; 1836-
ActivityThe Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society was established on 15 August 1836 by 25 gentlemen 'desirous of promoting the knowledge of Natural History'. Their primary aim was to establish a Museum which would be accessible to pupils over the age of eight attending any of the 'seminaries', and to members of scientific and literary establishments on payment of an annual fee of 5/-. Members would also be required to make a contribution, either in cash, books or specimens, with a minimum value of £3.Initially, the Museum was housed in the Grammar School, but the collections soon outgrew the space allotted to them. In 1839 a Committee was appointed to investigate the purchase of an existing building, or the erection of a purpose-built Museum, and to set up a subscription fund for this purpose. Following negotiations with Montrose Town Council, a site at the north-east angle of the Bowling Green was offered to the Society, and accepted. Plans were requested from four architects, and those of Mr Henderson of Edinburgh were selected. The building estimate of William Smith, Junior, for £647.9.4 was accepted. The foundation stone was laid by Patrick Arkley of Dunninald on 5 May 1841, and the Museum was opened to the public on 28 October 1842. The opening hours were 12 noon to 3pm Monday to Friday, and 4 - 6pm on Saturday for the working classes. Members and their families were admitted free of charge. Non-members living within seven miles of the town paid 6d each, and the working classes paid 1d on Saturdays. The Curator was James Campbell.In 1974, the administration of the Museum was transferred from the Society to Montrose Town Council. The Society continues to operate within Montrose, holding a series of evening lectures throughout the winter months.
Corporate NameMontrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society
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