LOCAL councillors are on a mission to have Crieff’s historic Burgh chairs restored and put back on public view.
The beautifully crafted pieces are currently languishing in the basement of the VisitScotland Information Centre in Crieff’s High Street - an environment considered unsuitable for the important artefacts which form part of Crieff’s heritage.
The brown leather and solid oak Provost chair and two Bailie chairs bear the inscription: “Burgh of Crieff - Justice, Fidelity, Truth”. There are also 10 carver chairs. All were used regularly when Crieff was an independently run Burgh and until a few years ago sat in the Town Hall. But when the community council’s meeting place moved the chairs were put into storage.
When Strathearn Community Campus was being built it was mooted at the time that this was a possible place for the chairs to be sited.
“The chairs are rotting down in the basement,” Councillor Helen MacDonald told the Herald. “And I think it’s a sin. I would like to see the main chairs on display. A lot of artefacts from Crieff are in Perth Museum and I wouldn’t like to see the chairs going there too. I feel they should be in Crieff.
“I think the ideal place for showing them would be somewhere down at the campus.
“They are lovely chairs but may need a lot of money spent to restore them to their former glory.”
Councillor Anne Younger is liasing with the art officer at Perth Museum and Art Gallery and the VisitScotland office in Crieff to arrange for an assessment of the chairs to be carried out this week.
She said: “The council are bringing in a furniture conservator to assess them. From that there will be a report detailing what work is required for preservation purposes and we can take it from there. I have also related that the people of Crieff wish the chairs to be on view in the town.”