Cabinet of Curiosities headed to Fraserburgh

The exhibition of Mr Arbuthnot’s Cabinet of Curiosities is now on display at the Arbuthnot Museum in Peterhead until September 21.

Theatre Modo has worked with young people from the Buchan Area to create Mr Arbuthnot’s Cabinet of Curiosities, a modern day cabinet of curioisites, filled with objects inspired by Adam Arbuthnot’s remarkable collection of objects which forms the basis of the present day Arbuthnot Museum collection.

The young people have researched the objects and their histories to create the cabinet, the objects and the performances. The exhibition features one cabinet as well as information about the project and some of the objects from Adam Arbuthnot’s collection that provided starting points.

Neolithic human remains and a rare jet and amber bead necklace are among the items to go on display in the latest exhibition from Aberdeenshire Council’s Museum Service.

Meanwhile, another larger cabinet continues to tour the North East showcasing the achievements of the young people involved. The larger cabinet is accompanied by a troupe of young people who both curate the cabinet and bring some off the objects to life through performances.

Over the next weeks the larger cabinet can also be seen atMaud Railway Museum on Sunday, September 8,at Fraserburgh Heritage Centre on Saturday, September 21 and then at the Tractor Day at Aden Country Park on Sunday, September 29.

The project has been commissioned by Aberdeenshire Museums Service, and funded by the council, Museums Galleries Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “This is a weird and wonderful exhibit which is a must-see for people interested in history, archaeology and beautiful things from across the world.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to see some interesting artefacts and also learn about a project by local young people which has been a huge success across Aberdeenshire already.”

Committee vice-chair, Councillor Ron McKail, said: “Aberdeenshire Council has a vast and wonderfully varied museum collection and I am glad to see that some, even if a small proportion, of the collection is going on display.”

Information on Fraserburgh’s Heritage Centre, a location for the cabinet, can be found via their official website at