Abbey explores seafaring past

Jim Tollerton and assistant Fiona McGregor demonstrating how the mechanics of a crane work in the Abbot's House at Arbroath Abbey on Tuesday.
Jim Tollerton and assistant Fiona McGregor demonstrating how the mechanics of a crane work in the Abbot's House at Arbroath Abbey on Tuesday.

THE FIRST sessions exploring Arbroath Abbey’s links to the Bell Rock lighthouse began on Tuesday.

Throughout March, the Abbey will be celebrating the Year of the Light with a series of special events every Tuesday.

This week, activities coincided with National Science Week and visitors tried their hand at building mini versions of the Abbey and Bell Rock lighthouse through scaffold models.

Jim Tollerton, the local learning officer at the Abbey, gave a talk on how the two buildings would have been constructed.

In other sessions visitors will get the opportunity to look at old artefacts and maps from the time of the Bell Rock’s construction and learn about how the Abbey acted as an important landmark for sailors.

Jim said: “The Abbey would have been a huge building at one point not just the ruins we see today and it would have acted as an important building for people at sea.

“The Abbey has so many early links to the seafaring community and provided a vital source of reference for sailor.”

All sessions at the Abbey are free and anybody wanting more information can contact 01241 878756.