Kirriemuir Camera Obscura

Kirriemuir Camera Obscura The Barrie Pavilion which houses the Camera Obscura was gifted to the town of Kirriemuir in Angus by Sir J.M. Barrie, author of 'Peter Pan' and other works.
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Large groups wishing to visit are requested to contact us by telephone or email. Kirriemuir has one of Scotland’s three remaining Camera Obscura; in 1930 Peter Pan creator J M Barrie gifted the Camera along with the cricket Pavilion in which it is housed to his home town. The Camera provides spectacular views of the surrounding Angus Glens and countryside. A camera obscura is a device that uses l

Large groups wishing to visit are requested to contact us by telephone or email. Kirriemuir has one of Scotland’s three remaining Camera Obscura; in 1930 Peter Pan creator J M Barrie gifted the Camera along with the cricket Pavilion in which it is housed to his home town. The Camera provides spectacular views of the surrounding Angus Glens and countryside. A camera obscura is a device that uses l

Operating as usual

25/06/2021

Thank you to the lady who phoned to let us know there was a delivery person at the Pavilion today. Your help was very much appreciated. Xx

19/06/2021
13/06/2021

We are sorry but we cannot open the Camera at present due to distancing restrictions in the Camera room.
The cafe is open Saturdays and Sundays 1pm - 3.30 pm for takeaway drinks, ice creams etc.

The Camera Obscura may not be open at the moment (although we're doing takeaway drinks, ice cream etc in the Cafe)  but ...
13/06/2021
Kirriemuir Camera Obscura A Virtual Tour

The Camera Obscura may not be open at the moment (although we're doing takeaway drinks, ice cream etc in the Cafe) but here's a wee taster of what you can see when we open again.
Thanks to Garry Chapman of GTC photography.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgm3IkWEIBg&t=10s

A visit to The Barrie Pavilion, Camera Obscura and Cafe Obscura on Kirrie Hill.Kirriemuir is a small town in the foothills of the Cairngorms and near the edg...

Angus edition of the Courier today
08/06/2021

Angus edition of the Courier today

Today, on the 91st anniversary of Sir James Matthew Barrie opening his gift, the cricket pavilion, to the town and on th...
07/06/2021

Today, on the 91st anniversary of Sir James Matthew Barrie opening his gift, the cricket pavilion, to the town and on the 6th anniversary of Kirriemuir Regeneration Group re-opening the pavilion after threat of permanent closure, local artist Angela Hamper presented a painting, depicting JM Barrie's love of cricket, to the Pavilion via the Barrie 160 Group. This was intended to be part of the 160 celebrations last year but which, like the 90th anniversary of the Pavilion, did not happen.

Kirriemuir Regeneration Group were delighted to host the presentation and to hang the painting in the Pavilion where it can be seen by visitors.

Today, on the 91st anniversary of Sir James Matthew Barrie opening his gift, the cricket pavilion, to the town and on the 6th anniversary of Kirriemuir Regeneration Group re-opening the pavilion after threat of permanent closure, local artist Angela Hamper presented a painting, depicting JM Barrie's love of cricket, to the Pavilion via the Barrie 160 Group. This was intended to be part of the 160 celebrations last year but which, like the 90th anniversary of the Pavilion, did not happen.

Kirriemuir Regeneration Group were delighted to host the presentation and to hang the painting in the Pavilion where it can be seen by visitors.

RE-OPENING TOMORROW FOR TAKEAWAYS!It's  going to be warm and we have ICE CREAMS and COLD DRINKS as well as TEAS, COFFEES...
04/06/2021

RE-OPENING TOMORROW FOR TAKEAWAYS!
It's going to be warm and we have ICE CREAMS and COLD DRINKS as well as TEAS, COFFEES etc.

We've missed you! Come and see us!

RE-OPENING TOMORROW FOR TAKEAWAYS!
It's going to be warm and we have ICE CREAMS and COLD DRINKS as well as TEAS, COFFEES etc.

We've missed you! Come and see us!

These items were, we believe, made as souvenirs for the opening of the pavilion.  We think they may have been made for t...
30/05/2021

These items were, we believe, made as souvenirs for the opening of the pavilion. We think they may have been made for the 'important' attendees i.e. the Town Baillies, Earl of Airlie etc. We know there is also a toasting fork residing in Aberdeen. If anyone knows any more about them we'd love to hear from you.

These items were, we believe, made as souvenirs for the opening of the pavilion. We think they may have been made for the 'important' attendees i.e. the Town Baillies, Earl of Airlie etc. We know there is also a toasting fork residing in Aberdeen. If anyone knows any more about them we'd love to hear from you.

29/05/2021
28/05/2021
Beautiful day up the Hill.  Cafe opening 5th June x
28/05/2021

Beautiful day up the Hill. Cafe opening 5th June x

Beautiful day up the Hill. Cafe opening 5th June x

14/05/2021

Kirrie Den toilets will reopen from today between 9am and 5pm when they will be sanitised and locked,

The toilets on Kirrie Hill will reopen as soon as the council have been to do the necessary repairs. We apologise for the delay but it is outwith our control.

10/05/2021

WE SINCERELY APOLOGISE THAT WE ARE UNABLE TO OPEN THE CAMERA OBSCURA AT PRESENT DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS.
IT IS JUST NOT POSSIBLE TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE WITHIN THE CAMERA ROOM.

WE ARE HOPING TO OPEN THE CAFE FOR TAKE AWAY COFFEES, TEAS, DRINKS AND SNACKS EARLY IN JUNE.

APOLOGIES FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.

Kirriemuir Regeneration Group

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Do you have an hour or so to spare on a Monday morning? Volunteers are needed in the Den.  Why not have a walk down the ...
26/04/2021

Do you have an hour or so to spare on a Monday morning? Volunteers are needed in the Den. Why not have a walk down the Den any Monday morning and speak to the Team to find out more.
It's a great way to meet people and help our community.

Do you have an hour or so to spare on a Monday morning? Volunteers are needed in the Den. Why not have a walk down the Den any Monday morning and speak to the Team to find out more.
It's a great way to meet people and help our community.

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*** Just a wee add - this is something that happens rarely thank goodness.  It's just very sad when it does.  There are ...
09/11/2020

*** Just a wee add - this is something that happens rarely thank goodness. It's just very sad when it does. There are some great people around. We had an offer from a company, within minutes of the post going up, to do any work FREE to get the toilets useable again.

KRG really appreciate the support we get from Kirrie folk. Thank you

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I hope the people who thought it was a good idea to do this to the ladies toilet on the Hill at the weekend are proud. Blocking the toilet, ripping all the signs off the pavilion and from inside the toilet and shoving those and plastic bottles into the toilet as well as blocking the sink outlets and turning the taps on full was great fun wasn't it?

The gents is already out of commision because the council have not come to fix a leaking sink and this caused the only toilet to be out of use all weekend,

These toilets are looked after by volunteers from Kirriemuir Regeneration Group. These people don't do this because they love cleaning toilets, they do it because they care about Kirrie and the community. They have better things to do than clear up after morons who think this sort of thing is funny.

*** Just a wee add - this is something that happens rarely thank goodness. It's just very sad when it does. There are some great people around. We had an offer from a company, within minutes of the post going up, to do any work FREE to get the toilets useable again.

KRG really appreciate the support we get from Kirrie folk. Thank you

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I hope the people who thought it was a good idea to do this to the ladies toilet on the Hill at the weekend are proud. Blocking the toilet, ripping all the signs off the pavilion and from inside the toilet and shoving those and plastic bottles into the toilet as well as blocking the sink outlets and turning the taps on full was great fun wasn't it?

The gents is already out of commision because the council have not come to fix a leaking sink and this caused the only toilet to be out of use all weekend,

These toilets are looked after by volunteers from Kirriemuir Regeneration Group. These people don't do this because they love cleaning toilets, they do it because they care about Kirrie and the community. They have better things to do than clear up after morons who think this sort of thing is funny.

Received this lovely letter this morning from the Community Council.Although it’s addressed to myself as Chairman of KRG...
04/10/2020

Received this lovely letter this morning from the Community Council.
Although it’s addressed to myself as Chairman of KRG, it’s all down to the hard work that every member has put in. That we are able to give funds to local organisations and causes is brilliant and this is a tremendously important asset to the town.

It’s been a tough year, but next year we will hopefully be back bigger and stronger. I’m certainly looking forward to being back with my gavel as Chairman.

Take care and see you next year.
Pete.

Received this lovely letter this morning from the Community Council.
Although it’s addressed to myself as Chairman of KRG, it’s all down to the hard work that every member has put in. That we are able to give funds to local organisations and causes is brilliant and this is a tremendously important asset to the town.

It’s been a tough year, but next year we will hopefully be back bigger and stronger. I’m certainly looking forward to being back with my gavel as Chairman.

Take care and see you next year.
Pete.

Kirrie Den Project
24/07/2020

Kirrie Den Project

The Kirrie Den Project are delighted to announce that we will start up our Den maintenance work again on Monday 27th July.
We will strictly adhere to the guidance we have been given regarding social distancing and all other regulations.
We would be really happy to see any new faces. We meet at 0900 hrs every Monday at the lockup’s at the top of Slade Road. We finish about 1200 hrs, but you can do as much or as little as you wish.
If you need any details then contact this page. You don’t need any tools, just yourself!
If you see us wearing our red waistcoats then please say hello.
It will be really good to be back and there is a lot to catch up on.

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Kirriemuir Camera Obscura's cover photo
11/06/2020

Kirriemuir Camera Obscura's cover photo

Visit Angus
09/06/2020

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Tell us about your favourite places in the comments below, or use our Social Pinpoint map to get your votes in. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Kirriemuir Camera Obscura's cover photo
07/06/2020

Kirriemuir Camera Obscura's cover photo

90 years ago today, Sir James Matthew Barrie addressed a crowd of over 5000 people at the opening of The Barrie Pavilion...
07/06/2020

90 years ago today, Sir James Matthew Barrie addressed a crowd of over 5000 people at the opening of The Barrie Pavilion and Camera Obscura on Kirrie Hill. His gift to the town and people of Kirriemuir. Earlier that day he had been made a Freeman of the Town, the only person ever to have been given that honour.
5 years ago today, Kirriemuir Regeneration Group reopened the Pavilion and Camera Obscura after threat of closure.
Since 2015 KRG volunteers have operated the Camera Obscura and Cafe Obscura and have also taken Kirrie Den under its care.

This should have been an extra special weekend on Kirrie Hill, as the anniversaries were celebrated. Even the weather we asked for has arrived.
Unfortunately, this is not to be due to the current circumstances. The celebrations are on hold - not cancelled - and all being well will go ahead next year. We hope to see you all there.

It would have coincided with the end of this year's Volunteers Week, so it is only fitting that a huge THANK YOU is given to all the KRG Volunteers, past and present, who have given freely of their time - to keep The Den looking bonnie and to make Cafe Obscura and the Camera Obscura the success it has become.

Thanks also to the Kirrie folk who have supported us, the businesses who helped when we went begging for raffle prizes etc. We could not have done it without you.

All profits from the pavilion go back into the community and we have been happy to have been able to support so many local groups and projects and hope to continue doing so for a long time to come.

THANK YOU

Visit Angus
05/06/2020

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Friday's Fascinating Fact: J M Barrie invented more than Peter Pan - he also inadvertently named that favourite box of sweeties, Quality Street. He wrote a little-known play of the same name in 1901 and confectioners Mackintosh’s used it to name their new range of chocolates. Thanks James!

You can see the Peter Pan statue which stands in Kirriemuir Town Centre to commemorate J M Barrie. https://visitangus.com/peter-pan-statue/

Angus Archives
19/04/2020

Angus Archives

Kirriemuir’s Sports Pavilion and Camera Obscura were gifted to the town by the native writer, J.M. Barrie. The competition to select a design was won by Dundee architect, Frank Thomson. According to his daughter, when Barrie asked for something for the children to be included, Thomson had suggested a camera obscura, reflecting his own interest in photography. It cost a total of £2,500 to build. Barrie’s design brief stipulated that the building was not to be ornate or call attention to itself and it was to settle into the landscape.

On 7 June 1930, the Pavilion, the new home of the cricket club, was opened. It was a great day for the town. The first item of the day was the unique award of the Freedom of the Town to J. M. Barrie, followed by the opening of the Pavilion. This in turn was followed by a cricket match with Barrie’s own team, which was watched by a crowd of 5,000 spectators.

The Pavilion and Camera Obscura sit on the top of the Hill, the town’s highest vantage point. It is one of only three remaining camera obscuras in Scotland. Kirriemuir’s obscura offers an unparalleled view of the Angus Glens and the Grampians beyond. Barrie also gifted a Geographic Indicator which provides the names of the hills and the distances to them.

What a change from Easter Sunday last year.  There wasn't a parking space to be had on the Hill.  There were people ever...
13/04/2020

What a change from Easter Sunday last year. There wasn't a parking space to be had on the Hill. There were people everywhere, the sun was shining and it was a gloriously hot day.
We ran out of ice creams at Cafe Obscura and had to make a dash to Forfar to stock up.
We miss all our visitors but ask you all to stay at home as much as possible, keep your distance when you do go out, keep safe and we look forward to seeing you all on the other side.
Here's a few pics of last Easter to remind you.

PLEASE NOTE!
15/03/2020

PLEASE NOTE!

Delighted to help out with this fantastic event again.
05/03/2020

Delighted to help out with this fantastic event again.

Kirrie Cluster Cross Country:
Good things come to those that wait...that was certainly true on Tuesday with the primary cross country. On its third attempt we were blessed with a glorious winter morning. A good turnout from schools completed up Kirrie Hill, with some fantastic performances and true determination to complete the tough course.

Photos of the event can be seen below as well as showcasing the fantastic back drop of The Glens.

Huge thanks to Paul Morgan for helping setup in the morning and helping record results. Thanks to Caitlin Milne for her help along with Webster's High School S5 & S6 Sports Leaders, who did an amazing job of motivating the participants and running alongside them to keep them going.

Thanks also to Kirriemuir Camera Obscura volunteers for serving hot drinks and snacks to those attending and supporting the event. It is great to see the support from the community at these events.

The Angus Cross Country takes place at Monikie Country Park on Tuesday 17th March and will be the next step for many P6 and P7 pupils. Good luck to those that compete.

05/03/2020

This post has been removed as we will not be opening on 21st March due to the current situation.

Address

Barrie Pavilion, Kirrie Hill
Kirriemuir
DD8 4PR

Opening Hours

Saturday 1pm - 3:30pm
Sunday 1pm - 3:30pm

Telephone

+447825408207

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Kirriemuir Regeneration Group

Kirriemuir has one of Scotland’s three working Camera Obscuras; in 1930 Peter Pan creator J M Barrie gifted the Camera along with the cricket Pavilion in which it is housed to his home town. The Camera provides spectacular views of the surrounding Angus Glens and countryside. A camera obscura is a device that uses lenses and mirrors to project an image that enters through a hole at roof level downwards onto a circular screen housed in a darkened room in the roof space of the building. The device can be rotated, so the view projected onto the screen can take in a complete 360 degree panorama. The Hill of Kirriemuir offers magnificent views north to the Angus Glens and the southern edge of the Cairngorms, west towards the Trossachs and Ochils and south to the Sidlaws as well as looking over the rest of the hill and the NeverlandPlaypark. This is a fitting location for what, at the time it was opened, would have been considered a great novelty. The novelty,like Peter Pan,never dies. Even in these days of amazing technology its simple mechanism fascinates and delights. Until early 2015 the Camera was operated by the National Trust for Scotland when changes within that organisation threatened its closure. Kirriemuir Regeneration Group, a community group, was formed in March 2015, as local people decided that the town did not want to lose this well-loved, and very rare, attraction – one of only three working Camera Obscuras in Scotland.

The Camera Obscura and Cafe Obscura are managed and staffed solely by volunteers and is open from April until October. There is no admission charge but donations towards upkeep are appreciated.

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Anyone lost a key? This key was found at Peter Pan Play park a few mins ago and has been turned into the Camera Obscura.
Come up & visit us up at the Camera . Buy a coffee/tea & get a Free piece of Kirriemuir Gingerbread ☕️
https://youtu.be/VJK5k5RW5Mk Thank you so much to lovely Rob at Camera Obscura! 🐧
We’re OPEN 2018 and hoping you will share this voucher with all your friends. Just pop in the shop and collect your 10% discount or go online and make sure you insert the discount code “2018OPEN”
An image from a couple of weeks ago for you :-)
view from above instead of below
Thanks for showing me this amazing optical device.
Angus Provost Ronnie Proctor arranged our visit today with Chinese Consul General Peter Pan (Pan Xinchun) whose family name is Pan. This is a big name in China and he told the story of how he chose his given name “Peter” when studying English at University. He was inspired by Barrie’s book. This gave him a special interest in visiting Kirriemuir and Barrie’s birthplace. The Barrie Pavilion and Camera Obscura was a real bonus. We must thank the ladies from the committee who welcomed us and gave a fabulous demonstration of the camera Obscura as well as Provost Ronnie Proctor for his thoughtful arrangements much appreciated by the Chinese Peter Pan who promised to fly back sometime soon.
entertaining visitors
old technology captured with new technology a most enjoyable warm welcome from volunteers thankyou
Entertain visitors a most warm welcome
A huge thank you to everyone who supported the event.