ABOUT OUR MUSEUM
History brought to life...
The Museum, originally called 'The Atholl Country Collection', first opened its doors in 1982.
It was the idea of John Cameron, a farmer based at Monzie on the slopes of Ben y Ghlo. Over the years, John built up a collection of local artefacts, photographs and information. Because his keen interest in local and Scottish heritage became all-consuming he decided to develop his initial ideas into creating this successful visitor attraction.
Based on the social history of the community, the collection has been much enhanced by many generous donations and that continues to this day. Organisation and general management was carried out by John and his wife Janet. John retired from active duties in 2016 but he is still providing his wealth of knowledge about the area of Atholl and tales about the folk who lived her on a consultative basis.
As a crucial part of succession planning a Charitable Trust was established in 2004.
The present Trustees are: Lydia Busby (Chair), Meredith Farron , (Treasurer),Rory Fraser (vice Chair & Secretary), Simon George, Sally Judd, Libby McRae, Rulzion Rattray and Nigel Wild.
The trustees are aided by a band of enthusiastic volunteers whose endeavours and time commitment ensure that the Museum continues to provide a fascinating experience for many visitors from home and abroad.
A great number of visitors to our museum leave comments in our visitors book, which we hope you will do when you come and visit! Below are a handful of those comments from all over the world, just to give you an insight of the popularity of our wee treasure!
From: Doug and Sue, Australia
"Superb collection and illustrations!"
From: John and Liz, Arbroath
"5* - Brilliant displays, worth the visit"
From: Robyn, Lauren, Lorna, Chris, Dianne and Finn, age 8 - 12
"We all enjoyed it and thought it was great with the Quiz and all the different rooms!"
From: Ruth and Robert, Dumfriesshire
"We both very much enjoyed this museum in a community which obviously cares about its history."
From: Jo and Jennie, York
"Lots of interesting things that brought back many memories!"
From: Edda and Ed, Germany
"We should feel lucky that life is so easy now! Was hard work in the past."
From: Lesley and Brian, Huddersfield
"A great insight into local history"
From: K. Rutherford, Grangemouth
"Lots to see for a small museum"
From: H. Rose, Glasgow - aged 8
"REALLY GOOD FUN!"
From: The Edmonds Family, Edinburgh
"A very valuable assett"
From: Chris and Den, Cumbria
"Well worth a visit, not to be missed"
From: Spence Family, Peebles
"Excellent! Kids LOVED it - very interesting"
From: Morag and Peter, Buckinghamshire
"Found my Father's and Grandfather's pictures! Amazing, brilliant! Keep up the good work, THANK YOU!"
From: Mae, Sarah, Quinton and Cal, Whitstable, Kent
"Had a lovely visit - filled in quiz and loved being allowed to touch and be part of things. Lovely - well done - wonderful, friendly lady at front desk - made us all so welcome!"
From: G and A Green, Australia
"I am an avid railway modeller from Australia and found the Railway section most interesting!!"