Angus Folk Museum closed after roof safety fears

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THE National Trust for Scotland has closed the Angus Folk Museum in Forfar as a precautionary measure because of concerns about the safety of the roof of the tourist attraction.

The museum, which is housed in six 18th century cottages, contains artefacts and displays depicting over two hundred years of rural life in Angus.

The decision to close the museum was taken after a regular condition check of the building by the trust’s surveyors suggested that roof tiles had loosened from the property.

Steve Callaghan, the trust’s Group Manager for the North east of Scotland, said: “Our surveyors were carrying out one of their regular inspections of the museum and found evidence that suggested that heavy slate tiles were coming loose from the property’s roof.

“Our first priority is the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff and that is why we have closed the museum with immediate effect.”

He added: “We are now arranging more detailed surveys of the roof in order to properly understand the extent of the problem and determine how long it will take to put things right. “Once we have a clearer picture of the situation we will provide more information to the local community and prospective visitors. We are acutely aware how important the museum is for the area and will do everything we can to resolve the situation as quickly as we can. “We are sorry for the inconvenience caused but we must take all reasonable precautions.”