The Buchanhaven Heritage Society got off on a sound footing at their first exhibition for 2013 themed to the Victorian period.
Large crowds visited the two day event and the feedback was positive.
Visitors to the event were introduced to a range of Victorian artefacts with the talking point coming from HMP Peterhead, where a piece of equipment used for flogging prisoners from that era was on display for the first time outside of the prison walls.
Elizabeth Milne, vice-chair of the society, said: “We were delighted at the items on loan from the prison service and it demonstrated how the service has evolved over the year’s and how much it has contributed to the town by providing work to the area, which in turn supported local shops and businesses.
“Our thanks goes to the Scottish Prison Service for suporting this event along with our colleagues in Aberdeenshire Museum Services who again provided some interesting talking points for the event.”
In addition to the two-day event and due to the kind donation of tables and chairs for the centre from Grampian Police, it meant for the first time the local school could use the exhibits as part of their learning process on the Monday following the event and hopefully this will be an ongoing process as the year unfolds.
Society chair Alex Geddes explained: “Normally we had to borrow tables and chairs for events which meant it had to be dismantled on the day and the tables and chairs returned.
“Because we now have our own thanks to Grampian Police we were able to extend an invite to the school to attend on the Monday, so the pupils and teachers could benefit from our work. Hopefully, this will develop in time and the close working relationship we have with the school can continue to develop.
“The same invite would be extended to all schools in the area if we have exhibtions on and I would encourage any school that may have an interest in this to get in touch and we can discuss their needs.”
On the day of their visit the local pupils presented the old school bell to the society, which had been taken to the new school for protection many year’s ago. However, the pupils were keen to return it to its rightful place and will be a treasured part of future displays. Elizabeth Milne added “ We are delighted to see the bell returned to the old school and it was so kind of the pupils to think of this during their visit. It will now be on permanent display for all future events and for others to enjoy”
The society are now busy preparing for their next event on 9 March between 10-4 and this will be a mixed theme with details to follow soon.