The Key to a great weekend
Talented amateur metalworker Bill Lawson, who lives in Torthorwald, set to work for Doors Open Days in his shed and created this amazing Key, which is a metre long. Bill said, “As a long-standing member of the Cruck Cottage Heritage Association, and a big supporter of Doors Open Days, I wanted to do something to celebrate 21 years of this great event in Scotland. When I found out that Dumfries and Galloway’s theme was going to be ‘The Key of the Door’ – it all just clicked.”
National Doors Open Days organisers, The Scottish Civic Trust, were so impressed that they arranged for Bill’s Key to be couriered up to Linlithgow for the national ministerial Doors Open Days launch earlier this month. The Key is now safely back at the Cruck Cottage in Torthorwald, where it will be on display during Doors Open Days.
The thatched Cruck Cottage, now a great rarity in Scotland, and beautifully furnished with period objects, will be open to the public for the event, and the Cruck Cottage Heritage Association look forward to providing a warm welcome, with plenty of tea and homemade cakes.
Two more sites have signed up for Doors Open Days in the last week. The team at GCAT are delighted to welcome on board:
Ruthwell Saving Bank Museum – where in a tiny white cottage you can find the world’s very first savings bank for working people, open Saturday 10am - 4pm and Sunday 10am - 4pm. To get to Ruthwell Savings Bank Museum from the A75 on the dual carriageway section near Dumfries, follow signs for Clarencefield. After Clarencefield take the second right signposted Ruthwell. Continue through Ruthwell to find the Savings Bank on your right. From Annan take the left for Ruthwell half a mile before you reach Clarencefield.
There is a toilet and full disabled access.
Municipal Terrace, Dumfries – an award-winning 21st century eco-refit of some of Scotland’s very first social housing. Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership unlock the doors to a fascinating project which has created low-carbon, environmentally sustainable living in buildings originally constructed in 1913. Municipal Terrace will be open on Saturday from 10am to 12 noon and Sunday from 10am to 2.30pm, and is on Brooms Road, Dumfries, near the roundabout onto the Annan Road.
And don’t miss an opportunity to see behind the scenes in the Robert Burns Film Theatre – on Saturday and Sunday, 2pm to 4pm, a chance to discover the ‘reel life’ of a cinema projectionist.
This year’s ‘Key of the Door’ theme marks the 21st anniversary of Doors Open Days in Scotland, which is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust.
Pick up a copy of this year’s Doors Open Days brochure at locations throughout the region, or view it online at www.gcatscotland.co.uk Follow Dumfries and Galloway’s Doors Open Days on Facebook and Twitter too.
Information about Doors Open Days in Scotland can be found at www.doorsopendays.org.uk
Posted by MMaC