Designating Arbuthnot Museum and Library, Peterhead

Closes 31 May 2022

Opened 10 May 2022


We are proposing to list the Library and Arbuthnot Museum at the corner of St Peter Street and Queen Street in Peterhead. The library was built between 1891 and 1893 and is one of the earliest Carnegie public libraries built in Scotland. It was designed with a library on the ground floor and a purpose-built exhibition and art gallery space above to permanently house the museum collection of local merchant, Adam Arbuthnot.

The building is constructed in pink Peterhead granite and is architecturally well-detailed. Designed in the ‘Free Renaissance’ style, it includes oriel windows, curvilinear gables and a prominent corner tower with a domed and finialled roof.

We have launched this public consultation to gather views on listing this historic building in recognition of its special architectural and historic interest. Find out more about listed buildings.

Find out more about why we think Peterhead Library and Arbuthnot Museum meets the criteria for listing by downloading our Report of Handling.

You can Email your comments about this case or contact us through the Heritage Portal.

Find out what comments we consider and what happens next in our guide and the video below.

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