Tolbooth boom time as visitor figures rise

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It seems that the dismal summer and the attraction of the London Olympics are not enough to stop the success of the local Tolbooth museum.

The visitor numbers for July have just been released and they show a 3% increase over July last year. So far 7,072 visitors have sampled the attractions of the harbour side gem since April of this year.

These encouraging numbers are due in no small part to the enthusiasm and dedication of the local volunteers and the constantly changing exhibits.

This week sees the unveiling of an exhibition of artefacts discovered by Keith Knight whilst metal detecting in the Bervie Braes area. The items include musket balls, love tokens, coins, buckles, buttons etc – truly buried treasure.

Children are also catered for. Apart from a mini dinosaur hunt in the museum the volunteers have just put together a small booklet which encourages older children to explore the many different types of rock to be found on Stonehaven beach; a novel way to stop children from getting bored during the holidays, and educational as well!

The other important news is that the group running the museum have received notification that they have been accepted as a charity by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

This means that the museum will be able seek additional funding from a variety of different sources.

The Tolbooth now needs to build on its success and the first step is to recruit more volunteers. If you enjoy meeting complete strangers in order to share Stonehaven’s history why not join? It is free.

Either ask for an application form at the museum or download one from www.stonehaventolbooth.co.uk/news-and-events/