Introduction

The Friends of the William Lamb Studio (commonly known as the Friends of William Lamb) is a community group established in Montrose, Scotland in 1977. In 1978 the William Lamb Memorial Studio - William Lamb’s own working studio from 1935 until his death in 1951 - was to be re-opened and developed as a small gallery and museum to the memory of William Lamb – one of Scotland’s finest sculptor and artist - under the management of the Museum Service of Angus Council.

The Friends was established to support the Council in arrange regular openings and guided tours of the Studio, promoting both the Studio and Lamb himself; as well as researching Lamb and all aspects of his working life - his art pieces and models and the context in which they were created. In addition we disseminate that information through the sponsorship and publication of books, articles, leaflets and guides. They have helped with funding and developing the Studio and its collections, thereby creating an outstanding exhibition that draws visitors from all over the world.

The William Lamb Memorial Studio is located at the east end of Trades Close a small pedestrian row that leads from the High Street, Montrose to Market Street.

Since 2019 the Lamb Studio (owned by Angus Council) is subject to new arrangements. The Friends of William Lamb will arrange and run all public Studio openings. The Studio “collections” will be managed by ANGUSalive on behalf of Angus Council – all collections queries should be addressed to Gill.Ross@angusalive.scot

In addition the Friends share “Lamb” information through the sponsorship or publication of books, articles, leaflets and guides and through a series of non-Studio events – walks, talks and displays and exhibitions.

The Friends is a community group that runs under a constitution. Membership is open to all on the payment of a small annual fee. Throughout the year Officers and Committee will arrange Studio openings, activities and special events related to the aims of the group, usually around Angus or in the Studio. These events are supported by Friends volunteers.

For further information see the relevant pages on this website, or contact us at info@friendswilliamlambstudio.uk

Please note: By contacting us digitally and thereby providing us with personal details you are agreeing to our organisation holding those details in a safe and appropriate manner. Personal information will not be passed to other organisations or individuals. It will only be used for The Friends of William Lamb to contact you directly with relevant information.



Latest News
  • This week the next phase of the ANGUSalive Museum Service re-organisation came into action. The post of Montrose Museum Officer has been deleted. Caroline Taylor who has been filling that role has been transferred into a new post with responsibility for education and events located at Forfar. So this is an adieu rather than a full goodbye. On Wednesday Joan McClaren, who has been volunteering at the Museum for 6 years since her official retirement, left that role. So we send our thanks and best wishes to them both and hope to see them around and at the Studio.

  • Tatty Holiday Openings- we will be opening the Studio on two afternoons – Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 15th October over the half term school break from 1:30-4:30 pm. There will be no potatoes, but our children’s art box – with drawing and modelling materials will be back on show – can you make better mini animals for our shelf, to replace our poor broken giraffe? Entry and materials are free and, yes, you can take your works of art home with you.

  • We are very pleased to announce that our Coffee Morning on the 21st was another success – gate numbers were down but our takings were up again this year. This is one of our main fund raisers and income is necessary for all our activities. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped on the day – a lot of them good friends not “Friends” – we really appreciate your support.

  • But in addition to the addition to the funds we have to report that we received the donation of a unique Lamb piece – this was a personalised Christmas card made by Lamb in 1939 for his friends George and Jean Fairweather. See the card (left) and fuller details will be on the web site before too long. Thanks to the donor for this special gift.

  • In September, too, a wonderful and unusual Lamb piece was put on display for a few hours. This was a round plaque carved by Lamb in Carara marble. It depicts his friend Geordie Stephenson in relief. It is thought that it was carved before the First World War making it one of Lamb’s earliest surviving portraits – and it is wonderfully assured even so. The piece was accidentally broken many years ago, but it has been repaired and cleaned recently. Again see the photo (left) and further details will be posted on the web site before too long.

  • Mark Spalding’s organ recital in St Mary’s and St Peter’s Church has been scheduled for Tuesday 29th October and will start at 7:00 pm. Music will include pieces by Guilmant, Vierne, Widor and Dr Alfred Hollins – whose portrait can be seen in the Studio. All welcome. Entry will be by donation and refreshments will be available. The income will be shared between the Church’s Organ Fund and the Friends of William Lamb, so please encourage as many people as possible to attend.

  • We can confirm too that out next poetry event in the Studio is now confirmed for Saturday 16th November. It will follow the usual format with the Studio being opened from 1:30 -4:30 for all visitors. But with one hour from 2:30 - 3:30 being dedicated to live readings. Haworth Hodgkinson will return and we will welcome Mandy Macdonald for the first time. Her latest book of poetry has recently been published and should be on sale. Entry is free but donations will be welcome. There will be light refreshments and our sales point will be open. If you are interested in Studio poetry we hope to arrange another “special” before Christmas, please watch this space.