Pupils’ art on show at Arbroath railway station

Artwork created by Arbroath school children during the Royal Society of Edinburgh's 2008 educational project has been put on display in Arbroath railway station.Arbroath Timethemes, who were part of the 2008 project, welcomed Professor Jan McDonald (the director of the project in 2008) as the art work was unvieled on Wednesday afternoon. From left; John Yellwolees of ScotRail, Dr Richard Irvine (Robert the Bruce) and Professor Jan McDonald of RSE.

Artwork created by Arbroath school children during the Royal Society of Edinburgh's 2008 educational project has been put on display in Arbroath railway station.Arbroath Timethemes, who were part of the 2008 project, welcomed Professor Jan McDonald (the director of the project in 2008) as the art work was unvieled on Wednesday afternoon. From left; John Yellwolees of ScotRail, Dr Richard Irvine (Robert the Bruce) and Professor Jan McDonald of RSE.

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AN ART exhibition titled ‘Images of Arbroath’, as seen through the eyes of local primary schoolchildren, has gone on permanent display at the town’s railway station.

Drawings, paintings and collages were created by Primary three to seven classes at Hayshead, Inverbrothock, Ladyloan, Muirfield, St Thomas and Timmergreens schools.

The images include Arbroath Abbey, featuring the Round 0 circular window lit as a beacon for mariners; the Signal Tower of the Bell Rock Lighthouse, the harbour and its association with Smokies, Keptie Pond and Kerr’s Miniature Railway.

The display recalls the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s year-long programme of educational activities in Arbroath.

Professor Jan McDonald, the society’s former vice-president, viewed the gallery at Arbroath Station on Wednesday.

The images are located on the stairs, in the waiting room and along Platform One, leading viewers towards Charles Anderson’s painting of the Declaration of Arbroath which was presented to ScotRail by Arbroath Abbey Timethemes in 2009.

Professor McDonald said: “The Royal Society of Edinburgh was privileged to have been involved in this educational project at Arbroath. I am delighted that ScotRail has put it on permanent public display at the station.”

Dr Richard Irvine, chairman of Arbroath Abbey Timethemes added: “We are honoured to be part of this celebration of Arbroath’s rich and colourful heritage.

“We recently initiated a programme of educational school visits to support the history curriculum and to further stimulate interest in our heritage. What can bring history to life more than seeing a ‘living, breathing King Robert the Bruce’ walk into your classroom?”

John Yellowlees, ScotRail external relations manager, commented: “As this year is the centenary of the present Arbroath Station it is a fitting time to have the town’s heritage showcased on the platform.”