Love In Wartime Exhibition At The Reopened Annan Museum

Love in Wartime exhibition at the reopened Annan Museum
Cllr Martin, John and Marilyn Anstey

Annan Museum has reopened and is welcoming visitors through the doors. It is now essential to pre-book before you visit. You can do this by going to the online booking page www.ticketsource.co.uk/annan-museum or by telephoning the Midsteeple Booking Office on 01387 253383 (phone line available Tues – Sat 10am – 1pm).

As well as the popular local history displays Annan Museum has on show an exhibition, first created by The Devil’s Porridge, which celebrates love in the face of adversity. “Love in Wartime” includes real love stories that blossomed amidst the dark times of War and the chemical fumes of HM Factory Gretna. It documents the impact of War on married life and sorrowful tales of widows and loss. Following its previous display, additional items have been added to the exhibition and beautiful silk floral displays have been provided by Flowers by Joan, Annan.

Hand sanitiser stations, extra staff, additional cleaning and an organised route through the museum have all been put in place to make visitors safe and comfortable. In line with government guidelines visitors are required to wear a face covering and observe the 2m distancing rule while in the museum. There is lots of information and answers to frequently asked questions available on the web site www.DGCulture.co.uk

Councillor Andy Ferguson, Chair of Communities committee, said:; “It is good to see our museums and galleries opening across the region. Annan Museum has done that in style with a fascinating exhibition featuring true stories of romance and heartache associated with the explosives factory at Gretna. Our Council council’s museums service has been working in partnership with The Devil’s Porridge Museum to stage this display in Annan.”
Councillor John Martin, Vice-Chair of Communities, said:; “The museum service has pulled out all of the stops to create displays that are interesting and attractive while incorporating all of the required CovidCOVID-19 hygiene and safety measures. Visitors can feel safe in our museums by following guidance from the welcoming staff, wearing a face covering, making use of the hand sanitiser stations and observing the two meter metre physcial distancing rule.”

Also new in the local history gallery this year is the mysterious 17th century sword that may have belonged to the most infamous Border Reiver, Kinmont Willie. See the sword and find out more about the ruthless raider in the local history gallery at Annan Museum.

Issued on behalf of Darren Burns, Communications Manager