Tolbooth Museum receives donation

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The Tolbooth Museum received a boost this week as they received a £300 donation from the Dunnottar Castle wishing well.

A cheque for £300 was presented to the Tolbooth from the Dunnottar Castle wishing well and the money will be spent on the improvement and running of the museum which has gone from strength to strength after being taken over by a community group last year.

Money collected from the wishing well has been donated to a variety of charities in the past by Dunecht Estates, who own the Castle and this year they decided to donate it to a cause which has significant links with the historic building.

Custodian of Dunnottar Castle, Wendy Sylvester, presented the cheque to the Tolbooth last week.

She said: “We wanted to donate it to the Tolbooth because we have got close historical links to the Tolbooth and we felt it was a very worthwhile place to give the donation to.”

Tolbooth Committee member, George Strang, explained how strong the connection between the Tolbooth and Dunnottar is. He explained that the Tolbooth was used as storage whilst Dunnottar Castle was being built and therefore the two places have a strong historic link. He said the museum was grateful for the donation from Dunnottar Castle and that it was important for there to be “unity” between the two historic sites.

The donation comes just as the Tolbooth Museum, which is run by over 40 volunteers, begins opening full time over summer. The museum, which is free entry, is open every day, except Tuesday, from 1:30pm - 4:30pm.

With the tourist season getting into full swing the Tolbooth is hoping for another busy year to follow 2011 which saw more than 12,500 visitors to the museum, which was taken over by a community group who are now hoping to make the museum a chairtable organisation.

The Tolbooth Group, who took over running of the facility after Aberdeenshire Council announced plans to close it’s doors, are meeting at the end of May and are hoping to then set the wheels in motion to become a registered charity.