Monthly Archives: March 2019

The Courier interviews the President

Monifieth House of Memories project needs to raise £10k


Organisers behind tourist attraction ask public to help them clear final hurdle

Organisers behind ambitious plans to reopen a tourist attraction in Monifieth

have one final hurdle to overcome.

Monifieth Local History Society has six weeks to raise £10,000

for a year’s running costs for its new base in the former Access Office

on the High Street. A crowdfunding page has been set up with £4,000

already pledged, but society president Margaret Copland has warned,

if the target is not reached, the project will be scrapped.

Mrs Copland explained the not-for-profit group was in a “chicken and egg”

situation regarding funding the lease for the building, the subject of a successful

community asset transfer agreement with Angus Council last year.

She said: “We have not signed the lease agreement and can’t apply for

grant funding until we do.

“We have to make sure we have sufficient funding before we commit.

“Over the 15 years we ran the House of Memories in our previous building,

we averaged £9,000 a year to keep it open and raised that through donations.

“Our annual rent will be £4,500 – but we have to secure funding of £10,000 to cover all our running costs – including insurance, heating and lighting.

“We have committed ourselves to renting the building for three years

but it would be foolish to sign the lease until we have the funding.”

The society has the backing of a number of community groups, including the community council, befrienders group and Voluntary Action Angus.

Margaret continued: “They are all keen we survive.

“Unlike our original building, the new premises has disabled access and a number of ante-rooms  which can be used for a number of groups.

“We hope to set up a library research room and a reminiscing room for clients from care homes.

If we meet the £10,000 target by April 28 we will sign the lease at the start of May.  “With a big community effort and the help of our volunteers, we would open on June 1st.

That would be us back in business.

“If we don’t, I would be dreadfully disappointed and would feel we had let the Monifieth community down.”

Further details on the project can be found at

To pledge a donation visit Go Fund Me Monifieth House of Memories.




First Meeting of the New Management Group

Monifieth Local History Society / House of Memories

Thursday 7th March, 7pm, 81 High Street, Monifieth.

President’s Report.

The first meeting of the newly formed Management Group.

It has been a busy time since the 6th February and I feel overawed at the speed at which the Fund raising sub group raced into action. It suddenly appears as though we are moving towards a successful ending towards securing the lease of 81 High Street, the former Angus Access /Police Office to reopen the House of Memories in greatly improved appropriate accommodation for 1st June 2019.

In September 2020 perhaps we will be able to host a celebration of the formation of Monifieth Local History Society in 2000, and recognise all those committed members who have in the past shared their knowledge and skills to bring us this far, working to preserve Local heritage and Monifieth’s past for future generations.

There is still much hard work to be done, and many hurdles to be overcome, however having now reached this crucial stage, I feel confident that with the offered support of Monifieth Community, who we serve, then the House of Memories will flourish bringing unlimited opportunities and benefits to all ages and interests. The Past is now history. The future is in our hands.

Together We Can Do It.

Margaret Copland President.

History Scotland Lectures III – Global Scotland in the age of Brexit

Historical perspectives on the Scottish diaspora and migration.

The third in the History Scotland Lectures series, in association with the University of Dundee Centre for Scottish Culture, will be held on 11 April 2019 at 6 pm, delivered by Professor Tanja Bueltmann (Northumbria University) and chaired by Professor Graeme Morton (University of Dundee).

Venue: The Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 5EN.

6pm, 11 April 2019


To book your place, e-mail or tel 0113 200 2922.

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