Change in times for local museums

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ANGUS Council have announced a change in opening times for local museums which will affect attractions such as the Signal Tower Museum.

It is the first time since the 1980s that opening times have been altered and attractions will be now open Tuesday through to Saturday inclusive, closing on Monday.

The council say this is in line with opening patterns for other UK and European museums and delivers a required budget saving.

The revised opening times, which come into effect on 1 April, will apply to Arbroath’s Signal Tower Museum, Brechin Town House Museum, Forfar’s Meffan Institute, Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum, and Montrose Museum.

The Signal Tower Museum will also continue to open on Sunday afternoons in July and August.

Vice-convener of neighbourhood services, Councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “Over the years, different opening hours – including evenings and Sundays- have been trialled but not proved popular.

“A pattern of five-day consecutive opening from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no lunch time closure seems to be the best arrangement to meet the needs of visitors to the museums.

“We will, of course, continue to make arrangements to open in the evenings for groups or organisations wishing a special tour.”

Councillor Gaul added: “I hope that, as in previous years, visitors to Angus and local residents alike will enjoy visiting our museums and viewing the many items of interest we hold in the collections.”