Newly restored 17th century drum the subject of talk

29 August 2012

Places are still available for a free illustrated talk on the discovery and conservation of Aberdeen's oldest town drum, at Aberdeen's Tolbooth Museum, tomorrow [Thursday 30 August] from 12.30pm-1pm.

Aberdeen is unique in that it not only retains an 18th century town drum - a replacement for one broken by the Jacobite rebels during the 1745 rebellion - but it also has a drum from the 17th century.

The 17th century drum is a priceless piece of Aberdeen's rich heritage which has undergone restoration work recently and is now on display for the first time at the Tolbooth Museum. The talk will highlight the work carried out on the drum, which will give a fascinating insight into the work that goes on behind the scenes at the museum.

Jenny Brown, curator (industry) with Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, who will give the talk, said: "This drum is important and it is great that we have it on display for people of Aberdeen and visitors to the city, to come and see it. "

The conservation work on the drum has been carried out the aid of grant from Museums Galleries Scotland.

Advance booking for the talk is advisable by telephoning the Tolbooth Museum on (01224) 621167.