Hugh Miller's Birthplace NTS

Hugh Miller's Birthplace NTS Birthplace of one of Victorian Britain's greatest minds! Open Fri-Sun 11:00-16:00 (last entry 15:30)
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Fossil hunter, folklorist, man of faith, stonemason, geologist, editor, writer and social justice campaigner – Hugh Miller was one of the great Scots of the 19th century. His quests and writings have left a huge legacy of knowledge, but as these two adjacent properties testify, he came from ordinary beginnings. The thatched cottage where Hugh was born in 1802 was built by Hugh’s great grandfather

– a pirate! The cobbled courtyard adjoining the cottage was an external working space. Next door, the handsome Georgian villa, now an interactive museum, was built by Hugh’s father – its distinctive central spiral staircase winds around a ship’s mast. Outside, Miller’s Yard: Garden of Wonders is a sheltered corner – the perfect spot to sit and take a breath of fresh air. Support our work at Hugh Miller's Birthplace by joining the National Trust for Scotland - www.nts.org.uk/join

For this week's   we are continuing to look at the wonderful world of plants; and today's topics is roots 🌵With the exce...
08/12/2023

For this week's we are continuing to look at the wonderful world of plants; and today's topics is roots 🌵

With the exception of mosses and most algae; plants have root systems that not just keep themselves upright and secure to the ground, but also allow them to extract important nutrients for growth from the soil. Currently the oldest plant root system ever found is a 385 million year old primitive tree called Archaeopteris. Found in Cairo, New York, and dating to the same period that Hugh Miller's famous fish fossils lived, this impressive fossil gave clues to the evolution of plant roots 🌿

This fossil pictured here is a Stigmaria: a root fossil dating to 330 million years old. It was found in what is now Scotland's central belt: an area that was once a rainforest. With trees reaching well over a hundred metres high, strong root systems were vital to keep these plants standing as they raced for space to access sunlight (yes, Scotland used to have lots of sunlight!) 🌳

Remarkably however, root systems are not unique to plants - and plants don't even have the largest root system! In the Pacific Northwest of America, a 2,000 year old Honey Mushroom (a type of Fungi and not a plant) was found to have a root system measuring 5.5 kilometres across and covering an area measuring 2,384 acres! 🍄

See how strong and sturdy roots are for plants by visiting us today and experience your own Floral Fantasy - open 11:00 to 16:00! 💐

Still looking for the perfect Christmas present? We've got you covered!With a selection of gifts, locally made crafts an...
07/12/2023

Still looking for the perfect Christmas present? We've got you covered!

With a selection of gifts, locally made crafts and stocking fillers we are sure you will find something for everyone!

We also have a couple of unique local displays with crochet creations and sea glass jewellery!

Grab a bargain in our SALE and shop local this Christmas!

Open Fri, Sat, Sun 11-4!

Dare you to discover who lives in our  ? 🔍Visit us today to explore a kaleidoscope of colour, and search through the wor...
06/12/2023

Dare you to discover who lives in our ? 🔍

Visit us today to explore a kaleidoscope of colour, and search through the worlds to find its inhabitants hiding within - will you spot the Hedgehog in our woodland? The Snowman in our Winter Wonderland? Or the turtle crawling across the desert dunes? 👀

Make the right use of your eyes, and discover a real Floral Fantasy today, only at Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage! 🌸

11:00 to 16:00 - Free entry for everyone!

Why was the mushroom invited to the party? Because he was a fungi!Mushrooms and toadstools are the fruiting bodies of fu...
05/12/2023

Why was the mushroom invited to the party? Because he was a fungi!

Mushrooms and toadstools are the fruiting bodies of fungi - a kingdom of organisms that are somewhere evolutionary between plants and animals: they have their own root system, but feed on rotting material (like rotting wood or dead animals). The mushrooms themselves are used to release spores that travel isn’t the wind and, like plant seeds, grow into new fungi 🍄

These wild mushrooms were found in the woods on the path to Eathie beach - a path that Hugh Miller himself had made. With many fairy and folkloric stories connected to mushrooms and toadstools, maybe fungi like these helped spark his imagination and fuel his love of nature! And you don’t have to travel far to see mushrooms in Cromarty: pop into our Floral Fantasy to find some mushrooms for yourself among our wonderful biomes inside the cottage! 👀

Have you got your Christmas tree up yet? We may be biased, but we think ours is the most unique in all of Cromarty! 🎄 Ma...
03/12/2023

Have you got your Christmas tree up yet? We may be biased, but we think ours is the most unique in all of Cromarty! 🎄

Made up from copies of Hugh Miller’s geological book - we think our tree rocks! 😎

Share us pictures of your Christmas trees in the comments below! Is yours as unique as ours here at Hugh Miller’s birthplace? 👇

Look at this gorgeous and shiny piece of fossilised wood for today’s  ! 🪵 This wood dates to the middle Jurassic period,...
01/12/2023

Look at this gorgeous and shiny piece of fossilised wood for today’s ! 🪵

This wood dates to the middle Jurassic period, and immediately the shininess of it catches your eye. This wood has become petrified, a form of fossilisation unique to plants that replaces the internal plant structures with minerals like opal or quartz. This transforms the plant into a gorgeous mineral which, unlike with most plant fossils, preserves the organism in 3D 💎

Petrified wood can be found all across the world, most famously in Arizona in the USA. At “Petrified Forest National Park”, entire branches and trunks of trees dating to the Triassic period over 200 million years old can be found scattered across the badlands. These trees made up an enormous forest in which some of the first ever dinosaurs made their home 🌳

Discover our colourful woodland yourself by visiting at Hugh Miller’s Birthplace today - we guarantee it’s safer than the dinosaur-infested ones of the prehistoric past!
Open 11am to 4pm (last entry 3:30pm)🌺

A massive thank you to our incredible volunteers who have helped us this year at Hugh Miller's!From collection care to p...
29/11/2023

A massive thank you to our incredible volunteers who have helped us this year at Hugh Miller's!

From collection care to plant propagation and estate maintenance we are very grateful to have support to care for this amazing site!

If you are interested in joining the team drop us an email at [email protected]

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Did you know that Hugh Miller appears to have been quite the sculptor during his life? ⚒️Ok his work may not be quite as...
28/11/2023

Did you know that Hugh Miller appears to have been quite the sculptor during his life? ⚒️

Ok his work may not be quite as awe inspiring or memorable as other works of art, but Miller was a skilled stonemason and carved a variety of patterns and designs. The Old East Church in Cromarty features some of his work: gravestones with scalloped edgings on them are Miller’s own work, with the last gravestone he carved being his daughters that now stands in St Regulus graveyard 🪦

But Miller wasn’t just confined to gravestones. Check out this carving held in the Cromarty Courthouse museum next door to us. This eagle is said to have been carved by Hugh and was found in his uncle’s workshop. Held at the Hugh Miller institute (now Cromarty library) it was later moved to the Courthouse where it now calls home 🦅

Don’t forget our friends at Culloden Battlefield NTS are hosting their annual   weekend next week! 🎉 Join the Culloden t...
26/11/2023

Don’t forget our friends at Culloden Battlefield NTS are hosting their annual weekend next week! 🎉

Join the Culloden team on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December for a wonderful weekend journeying back in time to the 18th century!
Compete with historical costumes, children’s crafts, and unique tours covering special topics (book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/culloden-33778937903) ⚔️

Some of us from Hugh Miller’s will also be in attendance at Culloden to show off the world of Hugh Miller and what we get up to - be sure to say hello if you see us! 👋

And what’s more; anyone with an IV, PH, AB or KW postcode gets FREE ENTRY to the museum - simply show proof of address to the staff at the ticket desk when you arrive! 🙌🏻

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What did Earth's first plants look like? 🌱Plant life first evolved as simple algae in the sea. This brand new lifeform w...
24/11/2023

What did Earth's first plants look like? 🌱

Plant life first evolved as simple algae in the sea. This brand new lifeform was able to produce energy via a process called photosynthesis: taking in carbon dioxide and sunlight to produce sugars for the plant to use. A by-product of photosynthesis, Oxygen, was released into the atmosphere and would kick-start the evolution of complex life on the planet! Over time, plants like animals became more complex; growing shoots and structures that enabled them to colonise the land and capture as much sunlight as possible. One of these early pioneers was this fossil: Parka decipiens 🫒

Parka was among the first plants to grow on land, growing between the Late Silurian-Devonian period (400-380 million years ago). Like mosses today, Parka reproduced by releasing spores that travelled in the wind allowing it to spread quickly over the barren landscape and transform huge areas with it's planetary takeover. As such during the Devonian era, when animals were only just starting to crawl out of the water, plants became the rulers of the world! 🌿

Parka's descendants could very well include today's forests, meadows, and flowers: a true Floral Fantasy! Why not experience your own Floral Fantasy by visiting us today? We are open 11:00 to 16:00 💐

As well as our plants and flowers we also have some critters hiding amongst our Floral Fantasy displays! 👀 Come along an...
22/11/2023

As well as our plants and flowers we also have some critters hiding amongst our Floral Fantasy displays! 👀

Come along and see how many you can find! They'd love you to say hello! 👋

Open Fri, Sat & Sun 11:00-16:00
FREE entry for everyone! 🙌🏻

Did you know that when Hugh Miller met his future wife, Lydia, her mother refused to approve their relationship because ...
21/11/2023

Did you know that when Hugh Miller met his future wife, Lydia, her mother refused to approve their relationship because she saw him as a low-class individual who had no future prospects? She only consented to them marrying if Miller promised to find a better job than stone masonry, which he did! 🎩

Hugh Miller began working as a banker in this building here, at the top of Bank Street in Cromarty. The desk he worked at today serves as one of our crowning jewels (and larger objects) in the museum collection. But Hugh’s connection to this building isn’t the only interesting historical quirk - during the world wars did you know an air-raid siren was installed on top of this building? The Cromarty Firth became a majorly important naval base during world wars and as such a potential target to enemy bombers. Two air raid sirens were installed in Cromarty; the other was fitted to the top of what is now the Fisherton Inn! 🏦

Take home your own  , or send one to someone else with these wonderful greeting cards on sale in the cottage bookshop 🌺M...
19/11/2023

Take home your own , or send one to someone else with these wonderful greeting cards on sale in the cottage bookshop 🌺

Made locally by talented Cromarty resident Fran Sadler, these cards are guaranteed to make anybody blossom a smile! 🌹
Available while stocks last only in the Birthplace Cottage.

Experience your own Floral Fantasy for FREE by visiting us today between 11:00-16:00 💐

Have you experienced our Floral Fantasy yet? For the next five  's we will be delving into the prehistoric world of plan...
17/11/2023

Have you experienced our Floral Fantasy yet? For the next five 's we will be delving into the prehistoric world of plant life to discover what an ancient Floral Fantasy would have been like! 💐

These exquisite fossils on display in the museum date to over 330 million years old and were once part of a giant prehistoric jungle. But unlike today’s rainforests, these trees were actually distant relatives of modern ferns and horsetail plants - except these prehistoric giants could reach over a hundred metres tall! These rainforests were so vast, they literally alerted the planet's atmosphere: oxygen levels were 15% higher during this period! 🌳

These fossils were alive during the Carboniferous period, a time when Scotland lay on the equator and looked more like the Florida Everglades. It is from these prehistoric rainforests that coal comes from: a fossil fuel that burns very well. It was this coal that helped fuel the Victorian world that Hugh Miller grew up in. Do you think today’s rainforests will become the coal of the future? 🪨

Be sure to visit our jungle today and experience your own Floral Fantasy! 🌸
Open today 11am to 4pm, free entry but donations are welcome!

Have you learnt to make the right use of your eyes yet? 👀 Our two gardens have so many secret gems hiding in them! What ...
15/11/2023

Have you learnt to make the right use of your eyes yet? 👀

Our two gardens have so many secret gems hiding in them! What will you spot during your visit to Hugh Miller’s Birthplace cottage; A fossil? A fairy? A flower? 🍂

Share what you’ve discovered both in our gardens and at our Floral Fantasy event with us in the comments below! 👇
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There is still plenty of time to experience your own   at Hugh Miller’s! 🌸 Explore wondrous worlds from the deepest dark...
14/11/2023

There is still plenty of time to experience your own at Hugh Miller’s! 🌸

Explore wondrous worlds from the deepest darkest jungles to the whimsically wonderful winter wonderland and admire a whole collection of paper and crocheted plants - the most guaranteed to experience colour as winter creeps closer 🍃

Floral Fantasy at Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage
Fridays-Sundays until December 17th
11:00-16:00 (last entry 15:30)
FREE ENTRY

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On the 16th November 1921, the Cromarty war memorial was unveiled and dedicated by General Sir Walter Ross of Cromarty a...
12/11/2023

On the 16th November 1921, the Cromarty war memorial was unveiled and dedicated by General Sir Walter Ross of Cromarty and Revd Gordon Moore. On it were the names of the forty-five soldiers from Cromarty who didn’t come home following World War 1. After 1945, thirty-three names were added to it.

This Remembrance Sunday we remember those who have fallen in conflicts throughout the world both past and present 🌹

Have you been watching “Life on Our Planet” on Netflix? 📺 This new documentary charts the course of life’s evolutionary ...
10/11/2023

Have you been watching “Life on Our Planet” on Netflix? 📺

This new documentary charts the course of life’s evolutionary journey to the present day: from the first life form to appear, through to the age of the dinosaurs, and right up to woolly mammoths battling for survival in the Ice-Age. We at Hugh Miller’s were happy to see the Devonian period get a feature - it was during this period that many of Miller’s most famous fossils date to, well over 300 million years ago! 🤯

Although none of Hugh’s fossil discoveries are actually featured in the show, the monstrous leviathan Dunkleosteus gets a starring role. This large armoured fish was the top predator of it’s day, and closely related to many fossil fish we have on display in the museum; such as this beautiful Coccosteus held in the museum store. Here’s hoping any season 2 will include some of Miller’s wonderful discoveries! 🦈

Have you been watching Life on Our Planet? Let us know if you have in the comments below! 👇

(Image credit: Netflix)

A massive thank you to everyone who came out to Hugh Miller's last weekend to explore our Floral Fantasy event!It was lo...
09/11/2023

A massive thank you to everyone who came out to Hugh Miller's last weekend to explore our Floral Fantasy event!

It was lovely to see so many people enjoying the exhibition! 🌸

Don't worry if you haven't been by yet as we are open again tomorrow and every weekend up to 18th Dec!

We hope to see you soon!

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This December, our friends at Culloden Battlefield NTS are once again hosting their annual   weekend!🥳Join the Culloden ...
08/11/2023

This December, our friends at Culloden Battlefield NTS are once again hosting their annual weekend!🥳

Join the Culloden team for an adventure back in time to learn about Scotland's most famous battle:
Create amazing arts and crafts relating to the rising, encounter historical characters throughout the museum, and explore the battlefield on special tours covering archaeology, conservation, and family-friendly kids tours! ⚔️
Special tour spaces limited - book online at www.eventbrite.com/cc/community-thank-you-weekend-2023-2827659

And as ever, anyone with an IV, PH, AB, or KW postcode gets FREE ENTRY to the museum that weekend - simply bring proof of your address along with you 🙌🏻

Culloden Battlefield’s Community Thank You Weekend
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December
9:00-16:00

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Did you know you can find little folkloric mementoes hidden around our gardens? 🪴 The Black Isle is famous for the Fairy...
07/11/2023

Did you know you can find little folkloric mementoes hidden around our gardens? 🪴

The Black Isle is famous for the Fairy Glen, but it seems we have had a fairy move into the Peace Garden - keep an eye out for her small home at the base of our pine tree; you may also even catch her hanging her washing out to dry! 🧚‍♂️

Right by the Peace Garden our insect hotel is coming on well and already has a number of inhabitants. Do you think the gigelorum, a tiny insect in Scottish folklore, has moved in yet? The gigelorum is said to be the smallest creature in the world so even with the best trained eyes in the world we may never spot them! But what you may spot are our sea glass additions to our succulents in the Garden of Wonders. But are we sure they’re sea glass, and not tears shed by mermaids as stories suggest they are? A mermaid is said to be hiding in the walls of the Old East Churchyard, after all… 🧜‍♀️

As Hugh Miller was a passionate lover of folkloric stories, we hope these additions to the gardens help keep the passion alive and encourage you to brush up on these wonderful tales yourself! Be sure to browse our secondhand bookshop for a great story to inspire you! 📚

Is it too early to start talking about Christmas? 🎄 If you’ve not yet started your Christmas shopping, why not look for ...
05/11/2023

Is it too early to start talking about Christmas? 🎄

If you’ve not yet started your Christmas shopping, why not look for wonderful Scottish and Hugh Miller themed gifts in the museum shop and secondhand bookshop? We have everything that any budding geology or history fan would ever want! 🎁

Unable to visit us in person? You can still support all the work the National Trust for Scotland does by visiting our online shop at www.nts.org.uk/shop/

Remember, all proceeds from our shop go straight into caring for Hugh Miller’s birthplace - shop with us AND help us to protect the birthplace of Cromarty’s most famous resident! 🛍️

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Floral Fantasy at Hugh Miller's Cottage is officially open!We hope you can come along to see the wonderful displays we h...
03/11/2023

Floral Fantasy at Hugh Miller's Cottage is officially open!

We hope you can come along to see the wonderful displays we have! 🌺

Explore the cottage in a new way and escape the dark outside for some brightness inside! 🌼

Open 11-4 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 17th Dec!

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You can definitely tell we have left summer behind us and have embraced autumn as our silver birch has transformed into ...
01/11/2023

You can definitely tell we have left summer behind us and have embraced autumn as our silver birch has transformed into a wonderful shade of orange, red and brown! 🍂

As such, we will now be changing to our winter hours. Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage and Museum will be open:
November 3rd to December 17th
Fridays to Sundays
11am to 4pm (last entry 3:30pm)

Don’t forget our exciting upcoming event “Floral Fantasy” will be happening during this period and is FREE ENTRY (donations welcome) - we look forward to seeing you all this winter! ❄️

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Happy Halloween everyone! 🎃 Don’t forget the pirates are coming to Hugh Miller’s Cottage this evening! 🏴‍☠️ Be sure to d...
31/10/2023

Happy Halloween everyone! 🎃

Don’t forget the pirates are coming to Hugh Miller’s Cottage this evening! 🏴‍☠️
Be sure to drop in anytime between 4pm to 8pm to help them hunt their lost pirate treasure: don’t forget pirates love dressing up too so come along in costume! 👻

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Less than a week to go until we open the doors to our new exhibition 'Floral Fantasy'.We hope you can all come along and...
30/10/2023

Less than a week to go until we open the doors to our new exhibition 'Floral Fantasy'.

We hope you can all come along and see the cottage transformed with crafted flowers and plants to brighten the day!

Open Fri, Sat & Sun from 3rd Nov, 11-4!

Have you remembered to turn back your clocks today? 🕰️ This clock, on display in the cottage, is a “wag at the ‘wa”: nam...
29/10/2023

Have you remembered to turn back your clocks today? 🕰️

This clock, on display in the cottage, is a “wag at the ‘wa”: named after the pendulum which ‘wags’ against the ‘wa’ (wall).
It was gifted by Miller’s family to a relative Mrs Wright who “nursed (Hugh Miller) in his last illness” though it is unclear if the quoted document referred to Hugh Miller or his son, Hugh Miller Jr.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour - we will be sure to do that in the museum and birthplace cottage today! ⏰

Remember we are open today from 11am until 4pm (enjoy your extra hour in bed, then why not come visit us!)

With Halloween fast approaching, we’re wondering what is the scariest prehistoric animal we have on display at the museu...
27/10/2023

With Halloween fast approaching, we’re wondering what is the scariest prehistoric animal we have on display at the museum? 👹

Is it the mighty Megalodon - a gigantic 13 metre long shark with mouth a human could stand upright inside? 🦈
Is it the revolting Rhizodus - a monstrous swamp-living fish with huge 10-20cm long teeth that ate anything and everything? 🦷
Is it our beastly Big Fish - the largest of inhabitants in the ancient Lake Orcadie which covered Cromarty (or perhaps the bigger fish that bit it!)? 🐟
Or is it the petrifying Plesiosaur - a large dragon-like marine reptile that some think still exists as the Loch Ness Monster? 🦕

Whatever the case, these monsters of the ancient past were all creeps of the deep - the sort of leviathans pirates would have to keep an eye out for! 🏴‍☠️

Don’t forget this Halloween our own motley crew need help hunting down their lost treasure inside the birthplace cottage - our Pirate Treasure hunt is happening on Tuesday 31st October, drop in anytime between 4pm and 8pm to help them hunt for their ghostly gold! 🎃

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What better way to spend a cold winter day than to sit by the fire with a good book? 📖 We’d offer a recommendation list,...
25/10/2023

What better way to spend a cold winter day than to sit by the fire with a good book? 📖

We’d offer a recommendation list, but Facebook only allows a set number of words! Why not decide on a book for yourself from our second-hand bookshop inside the cottage - open today from 11am to 4pm (museum last entry 3:30pm) 📚

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Every good town needs a good post office, and we think Cromarty might have the most adorable of them all - but did you k...
24/10/2023

Every good town needs a good post office, and we think Cromarty might have the most adorable of them all - but did you know this building has not always been a post office? 📮

In the early 20th century, what was then the post office was owned by Robert Urquhart and his family. Born in 1873, Robert was a butcher by trade and operated out of the building that today acts as the post office! Along with his sons, Robert sold a variety of meats to the inhabitants of Cromarty, and would even have sold to soldiers stationed here during the world wars. During that tumultuous time however, the family was struck by grief and concern… 🥩

Robert’s sons went off to fight in the Second World War. However, one of his sons - Donald Fergus Urquhart, a private in the 51st Highland Division - was unable to make it to Dunkirk for the evacuation in time and, after being captured by German soldiers, spent the rest of the war in a POW camp. Even more upsetting for the family, Donald’s brother - Lieutenant Victor Urquhart - was killed bravely leading soldiers in Normandy on D-Day. He is remembered today, along with the other 32 soldiers who didn’t come home, on the Cromarty war memorial🌹

Outside might be cold and wet, but this winter Hugh Miller's Birthplace will be bringing a bit of light and colour to th...
22/10/2023

Outside might be cold and wet, but this winter Hugh Miller's Birthplace will be bringing a bit of light and colour to the season! 🌸

We are transforming the cottage into a floral feast for the eyes this festive season! 🌺

Taking inspiration from Hugh Miller's love of nature, we invite you all to step inside and “make a right use of your eyes” 👀

“Floral Fantasy” begins 3rd Nov to 17th Dec: Fridays to Sundays, 11am to 4pm
Free entry, but donations are welcome!

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Did you know that during his life Hugh Miller collected over 6,000 fossils?! 😱Collecting natural history objects was a c...
20/10/2023

Did you know that during his life Hugh Miller collected over 6,000 fossils?! 😱

Collecting natural history objects was a common pastime in Victorian society. Hunters would traverse the British Empire and hunt many wild and exotic fauna, or complete huge binders of pressed plants to show off to like-minded visitors and acquaintances. The craze for fossil collecting truly kicked off when Miller was a child, following the discovery of giant prehistoric reptiles in Dorset in the 1810s 🦴

Miller’s collection began to grow after he found his first Ammonite as a teenager. Following this he would take the opportunity to travel across Scotland and eventually into England to build up his collection. He also bought and sold fossils from other collectors and build up a network of fellow geologists; people like Robert Dick and Sir Roderick Murchison. Even famous scientists like Sir Richard Owen even paid Miller a visit to see his collection! 🎩

These Victorian natural history assemblages today make up important collections in museums across the world. Miller’s fossils were sold to what is now the National Museum of Scotland and are one of their most prized collections. We are forever grateful to NMS for lending some of Miller’s specimens to sit alongside our own fossil collection here in Cromarty! 🐚

How large is your fossil collection? Share a picture of it with us in the comments below! 👇

Anyone missing a key? 🔑 If so Hugh Miller’s might have a spare! Take a look at our wonderful collection of mystery keys!...
18/10/2023

Anyone missing a key? 🔑

If so Hugh Miller’s might have a spare!
Take a look at our wonderful collection of mystery keys! 🔐

Let us know your ideas for what they might open? We're thinking there must be a treasure chest somewhere... 🤔

Standing at just short of six feet tall, Hugh would have found the cottage he spent thirty-five years of his life in wit...
17/10/2023

Standing at just short of six feet tall, Hugh would have found the cottage he spent thirty-five years of his life in with it’s low doors and ceilings relatively snug. When he lived in this small house, the room pictured here would have been where he studied his geological finds and wrote his essays and books. However when the cottage was built this room didn’t exist - in fact the entire upper floor didn’t exist! 🏠

The cottage, built by Hugh’s great grandfather John Feddes sometime in the late 17th/early 18th century, was even more snug than it was in Hugh’s time: with a single floor and a higher ceiling, and animals the family owned sharing living space alongside them: the room that now holds our second-hand bookshop was possibly at one point the byre where they were housed. By the time Miller was born however a top floor had been added, perhaps to give either Feddes or one of his descendants ample room to house an ever-growing family 👨‍👨‍👧‍👦

This Halloween, the pirates are taking over Hugh Miller’s Cottage! 🏴‍☠️ Help them search for their missing lost gold and...
15/10/2023

This Halloween, the pirates are taking over Hugh Miller’s Cottage! 🏴‍☠️

Help them search for their missing lost gold and claim your share of the plunder! 🪙

Join us on Tuesday 31st October at anytime between 4pm to 8pm for this fun FREE family event, if you dare!
But be warned, if you don't find the treasure you may be forced to walk the plank! ☠️

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All that glitters is gold… right? This is pyrite - more commonly referred to as “fools gold”. It is a mineral and is a c...
13/10/2023

All that glitters is gold… right?

This is pyrite - more commonly referred to as “fools gold”. It is a mineral and is a combination of the elements Iron and Sulphur. Unlike gold for which it bears a resemblance; pyrite is much more common and physically much harder than gold, and can give off a smell similar to rotten eggs on occasion whilst real gold is odourless 🌟

Sometimes you can find fossils with pyrite preservation, like this exquisite dactylioceras Ammonite from Yorkshire. The pyrite in the fossil gives it a beautiful golden sheen to it. As pretty as they may be however, pyrite fossils are at risk of “pyrite decay” - caused when the pyrite breaks down in a chemical reaction causing the fossil to crumble into nothing. As such our conservators with the National Trust for Scotland are always sure to keep an eye out for any early signs of decay and treating our specimens to keep them in good shape! 🧑‍🔬

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Saturday 11am - 4pm
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