• Information on the exhibition “Stories in Stone” coming soon. Watch this space.

Monday 1 August 2022 

Here is what Forres Gazette says about the big birthday party outside the museum:

MORE than 100 people celebrated a special date in the town’s history recently.

The Friends of the Falconer Museum organised a community party outside the building closed by Moray Council in 2019 to mark 150 years to the day it opened on August 1, 1872.

Friends vice chairman Dr John Barrett was thrilled to see so many join the volunteers in Museum Square (including families with children hoping that the museum would be open) for refreshments, live music – and to renew calls for the institution’s collection to be made public again.

He said: “We gathered to celebrate 150 years of an institution in the heart of the Royal Burgh. The festive occasion was part pageant-part protest … but mostly a joyful birthday party that spilled onto Tolbooth Street.”

Historians and revellers shared cake, fizzy juice and danced to blues and classic pop played by local band, Soul Food Café.

“Several Victorian ladies and gentlemen time-warped in to join the party,” said Dr Barrett. “Two of Macbeth’s witches also magically materialised, though the third was unable to attend. Her broomstick wouldn’t start so fortunately the weird sisterhood was incomplete and no spells could be cast!”

Friends secretary Christine Clerk had called for attendees to dress as characters from history, particularly 150 years.

Read more here: https://www.forres-gazette.co.uk/news/museums-150-years-marked-with-street-party-285196/

Memories of one of the museum’s Explorer Workshops when the museum was open…