The Story So Far:
The museum is housed in the old coastguard station and apparatus shed which overlooks the Gutty harbour in the heart of the village. The station was closed in 1969 and the building subsequently donated to the community to provide a secure home for the iconic Maggie Law surfboat. A small group of volunteers developed the facility and opened it as an unmanned museum in 1997. The opening ceremony was conducted by Gerald Bannermann the grandson of James Mowatt the builder of the Maggie law.
The video below gives an impression of how the upper deck of the museum looked in 2011.
In 2011 a grant was obtained from Aberdeenshire council to secure the building and further develop the museum. Leader of the project at that time was Dave Ramsay, Project Director of The Howe of the Mearns Heritage Association, who was ably assisted by a group of specialist volunteers, the Gourdon Community Council and senior pupils from Lathallan School.
This grant, supplemented by generous sponsorship donations, enabled substantial work to be carried out on the museum which re-opened in its present form on 12 April 2013 .The opening ceremony was performed by Dame Anne Begg the then Westminster MP for Aberdeen South.
Dave Ramsay served in the capacity of Project Leader until November 2015 and full details of the developments which were implemented during Dave's period of office are contained in the News section of this website.
In November 2015 the management of the museum was taken over by a management committee made up of volunteers who had gained substantial experience of museum operations working under Dave's leadership.
The present (April 2016) composition of the committee is as follows.
Chairperson Marie Carnie
Project Leader Tom Carnie
Secretary Michael Webster
Maritime and Community ResearchMoira Coull
IT SystemsTom Carnie
Facilities ManagementTom Carnie, Tom Ritchie