Gairloch Museum

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Explore 7,000 years of history displayed within a former nuclear bunk Independent museum. Registered Scottish Charity SC010249
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Our Christmas tree is up and we are all feeling festive! Pop in if you are passing - we still have our wonderful Winter ...
07/12/2023

Our Christmas tree is up and we are all feeling festive! Pop in if you are passing - we still have our wonderful Winter Showcase exhibition on display and lots of inspiration in the shop for Christmas gifts 🎁

Having a whole lot of festive fun at our Whatever the Weather Wednesday session today. With thanks to Patsy for helping ...
06/12/2023

Having a whole lot of festive fun at our Whatever the Weather Wednesday session today. With thanks to Patsy for helping to lead the felting session - we are super-impressed with everyone’s creations 😍

It's cold out there but a warm welcome to you all for Whatever the Weather Wednesday today.  Join us for a hand warming ...
06/12/2023

It's cold out there but a warm welcome to you all for Whatever the Weather Wednesday today. Join us for a hand warming cuppa at 10.30.

Today's mystery photograph is this young girl. The only clue we have is that Barbara Ann is written on the back. Does an...
05/12/2023

Today's mystery photograph is this young girl. The only clue we have is that Barbara Ann is written on the back. Does anyone recognise her?

We were delighted to have such a super turn out for our Lino-Cut Christmas Card Workshop yesterday afternoon.  If you fa...
02/12/2023

We were delighted to have such a super turn out for our Lino-Cut Christmas Card Workshop yesterday afternoon. If you fancy some Christmas Craft activity, at our next session we’ll be making printed gift wrap (Saturday 16th December). This is a drop in activity, 11am - 2pm and is free to attend but donations welcomed.

Suitable for children aged 4+ and their grown-ups, this will be a fun and festive family workshop to design and hand print your own paper gift wrap to take home. No experience is necessary and all materials will be provided. Please wear old clothes as printing inks may stain. Families will be shown how to draw a design of their choice onto safe print foam printing sheets, which is a great way to introduce children to the block printing method.

We had a busy office today with lots of wonderful conversations about Gaelic 🤩You could tune in to Two Lochs Radio tomor...
01/12/2023

We had a busy office today with lots of wonderful conversations about Gaelic 🤩You could tune in to Two Lochs Radio tomorrow to hear Station Master Iain interviewing Anna MacQuarrie, Gaelic Development Officer, who is (thanks to funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig) working with us to increase and promote the use of Gaelic language at the Museum.

Anna will be sharing news of some of her work so far (she is in fact working with four Museums - Gairloch Museum, Applecross Heritage Centre, West Highland Museum and Highland Museum of Childhood - busy lady!) and plans for the future.

Still two places left on this Lino-cut-card-making craft workshop taking place on Friday - get in touch if you would lik...
29/11/2023

Still two places left on this Lino-cut-card-making craft workshop taking place on Friday - get in touch if you would like to book!

Here is another mystery photograph from our collections. Does anyone recognise these ladies who look like they're dresse...
28/11/2023

Here is another mystery photograph from our collections. Does anyone recognise these ladies who look like they're dressed for a wedding or a big event? Or maybe the location? 🧐

26/11/2023

Baile an t-Sratha, Geàrrloch, 1932
/
Strath Village, , 1932

[postcard from the collections at Gairloch Museum]

🌟🌲 WINTER  SHOWCASE 🌲🌟Here are a few of the beautiful things that are currently on display in our Lower Gallery. There i...
24/11/2023

🌟🌲 WINTER SHOWCASE 🌲🌟

Here are a few of the beautiful things that are currently on display in our Lower Gallery. There is stunning stoneware by Simon Spare, some gorgeous bags, cushions and silk scarves by , some colourful cosy knits by Scarlet Knitwear and lovely bud vases, dishes and candlesticks from Jay Frazer in Shetland.

Lots of inspiration for Christmas Gifts - and some more ideas in the shop if you have time for a browse too. We are open Saturdays from 11am - 4pm so why not pop in?

Another super old photo from our archives -  Willie Chisholm of Ormiscaig outside of the Aultbea Hotel, date unknown.   ...
23/11/2023

Another super old photo from our archives - Willie Chisholm of Ormiscaig outside of the Aultbea Hotel, date unknown.

WINTER SHOWCASE EXHIBITION Our Upper and Lower Galleries are exhibiting artwork by a range of artists and makers, either...
22/11/2023

WINTER SHOWCASE EXHIBITION

Our Upper and Lower Galleries are exhibiting artwork by a range of artists and makers, either living and working locally or inspired by the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. As well as artwork, there are ceramics and stoneware, textiles and accessories on display – possibly some inspiration for Christmas shopping! Pop in any day we are open to browse through the galleries.

The exhibition includes work pieces by Fiona Mackenzie, Sarah Dowse, Carol C***s, Ian Renwick, Aileen Grant, Fiona Macintyre, Jane Rushton, Blake Milteer, Sarah Milteer, Catherine Sargeant, Sheena Graham, Rosanne Wiseman, Alison Dunlop, Rowena Dugdale, Simon Spare and Jay Frazer.

Our Gairloch Museum calendars for 2024 are continuing to sell fast ... and we think there will be a few wee faces here t...
21/11/2023

Our Gairloch Museum calendars for 2024 are continuing to sell fast ... and we think there will be a few wee faces here that folk recognise!

This photo was donated to the Museum by Bualnaluib Primary School in 1998, but we think dates from 1992. We hope we have managed to get the individuals accurately identified, but there are a couple of gaps and queries ... if you can let us know of any corrections needed or any of the names/surnames missing we'd be very grateful!

Back Row (left to right) Mr Clarie Davies, James Flett, Ross Winwood, Christabel
Chisholm, Gary Howard, Monica Grant, Martin Mackenzie, Bobby Mitchell, Gordon MacIver, Carol MacIver, DavidBeaton, Miranda Davies, Ross Nimmo, James Gallacher, Mr Alan Nimmo (Headmaster).

Third Row (left to right) Mrs Anne Shearer, Bruce Blackley, Katie MacIver, Graeme
Nimmo, Nadia Mackenzie, Kevin MacLennan, Linda MacIver, Anna Henderson, Anne MacLeay, Eilidh MacRae, Lynn Dorman, Alan MacLeod, Kerry-Ann Darlington, Martin
MacLean, Linda Flett, Martin MacLeod, Mrs Frances Nimmo.

Second Row (left to right) Colleen MacCrimmon, Neil Grant, Katy-Ann Gallagher,
Donnie Chisolm, Mary-Dawn MacDonald, Darren MacRae, Douglas Coull, Louise Stewart, Jamie Shearer, Siobhan Macleod, Angus MacRae, Christina Gunn

Front Row (left to right) Seonaid Nimmo, Stuart Anderson, Samantha Stewart, Ross Beaton, Jané MacKenzie, Matt Macleod, Claire Rippon, Stephen Calvert, Kathryn MacLeay, Jordan Darlington, Laura Mitchell.

Here's a Monday mystery for you from our photograph archive. Does anyone recognise this couple? They might be from Melva...
20/11/2023

Here's a Monday mystery for you from our photograph archive. Does anyone recognise this couple? They might be from Melvaig, but we'd happy to be told otherwise!

A fortnight today - Friday 1st December - is our first Christmas Crafts session :-)Christmas Crafts: lino-print cardsFri...
17/11/2023

A fortnight today - Friday 1st December - is our first Christmas Crafts session :-)

Christmas Crafts: lino-print cards
Friday 1st December
2:30pm – 5.30pm
Tickets: £10

Come along to get creative in our festive workshop with Curator Corinna Annetts. Join Corinna for an overview of the Christmas cards in our collections in a short, illustrated talk, then get hands-on creating your own card designs using lino cutting techniques. Tools will be provided for the duration of the session. There will be tea and biscuits and lots of examples and inspirations for your designs. Under 16s should be accompanied by an adult.

To book online, please visit the link below or call in at the Museum on a Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday when we are open.

https://gairloch-museum.arttickets.org.uk/gairloch-museum/2023-12-01-christmas-crafts-lino-print-cards

It's Throwback Thursday so we thought we would share with you this old photo of Iain Bain driving his bus in Gairloch. O...
16/11/2023

It's Throwback Thursday so we thought we would share with you this old photo of Iain Bain driving his bus in Gairloch. Our notes say "1980s" but we feel like the photo might be a shade older than that ...

We had lots of fun last week at our Whatever the Weather Wednesday session 😊We're on again tomorrow, when there will be ...
14/11/2023

We had lots of fun last week at our Whatever the Weather Wednesday session 😊

We're on again tomorrow, when there will be a mix of different activities, using Museum objects and other inspiration to aid discussion.

Our café will be open on a pay-what-you-can donation basis for
a warming bowl of soup at lunchtime, and teas & coffees. In the afternoon, we play bingo and other group games. All our activities are accessible and dementia friendly and are open to all. If you need help with transport please get in touch.

With thanks to GAMS and the Scottish Government Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for their support. We’re also very grateful to a private donor who has provided funds for us to offer the soup lunch and activities. We hope, that this will provide a welcome chance for folk in the community to get together and socialise.

Glen Docherty 🤩 a special place for so many of us, signalling that we are "nearly" home. A visitor recently asked us "wh...
12/11/2023

Glen Docherty 🤩 a special place for so many of us, signalling that we are "nearly" home.

A visitor recently asked us "who" Glen Docherty was named after. The name is a corruption of the Gaelic, Gleann Dochartaich.

Dochartaich, formed through ‘do’ and ‘cartach’, means a ‘place of scouring’, so it's the ‘glen of evil (i.e. excessive) scouring.’

Maybe we can think of other "docharty" placenames in the wider district and see if the have the same features? With many thanks to Nevis Hulme for his help.

Seashell Identification Day - Saturday December 2ndWe are delighted to be helping to host The Wester Ross Biodiversity A...
10/11/2023

Seashell Identification Day - Saturday December 2nd

We are delighted to be helping to host The Wester Ross Biodiversity Action Forum's Seashell Identification Day! 🤩

Come along to learn more about the shells we find round our shoreline, how to identify them and help to create “location” lists for samples found locally. Booking essential. For more details visit the Museum website or call in.

https://www.gairlochmuseum.org/events

Nach lìon sibh an suirbhidh seo, bho ar caireadan aig Wester Ross Unesco Biosphere Wester Ross Biosphere, is iad ag iarr...
07/11/2023

Nach lìon sibh an suirbhidh seo, bho ar caireadan aig Wester Ross Unesco Biosphere Wester Ross Biosphere, is iad ag iarraidh barrachd tuigse fhaighinn air Gàidhlig thairis Ros an Iar. Chan eil ìre do chuid Gàidhlig cudromoch agus 's è suirbhidh goirid a th'ann nach bìdh a toirt cus uìne idir!

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WRBgaidhlig

Please consider completing his survey from our friends at Ross Unesco Biosphere who are hoping to find out more about Gaelic across the area. Level of Gaelic isn't important and it's a short survey that won't take long to complete!

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WRBgaidhlig

We believe this is Inverasdale School, pictured in 1964, but we don't have any names to go with the image. Can anyone he...
06/11/2023

We believe this is Inverasdale School, pictured in 1964, but we don't have any names to go with the image. Can anyone help?

The 2024 Gairloch Museum Calendar has landed! The calendars cost £6 each, you can place an order and call in to the Muse...
05/11/2023

The 2024 Gairloch Museum Calendar has landed!

The calendars cost £6 each, you can place an order and call in to the Museum on a Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday and we're happy to post out to you if you prefer (we'll add p&p).

Great work by our volunteers Irene Macintyre and Jeremy Fenton and Acting Curator Rachael Thomas for bringing it all together again!

Wee reminder of our hours now that we're in November 🙂Tonight is our Winter Showcase Preview 7pm - 8pm - we hope to see ...
03/11/2023

Wee reminder of our hours now that we're in November 🙂

Tonight is our Winter Showcase Preview 7pm - 8pm - we hope to see some of you later!

It’s been a busy couple of days at Gairloch Museum as we swap our galleries over … Preview Evening for our Winter Showca...
02/11/2023

It’s been a busy couple of days at Gairloch Museum as we swap our galleries over …

Preview Evening for our Winter Showcase is tomorrow night (Friday 3rd November) from 7pm-8pm - we hope you can come along and help celebrate and launch all the fine work created by an amazing group of artists and makers.

And as for our fantastic volunteers who have measured, arranged, organised and installed - you are heroes and we genuinely cannot thank you enough!

Winter Showcase
November & December 2023

Featuring work from a range of artists and makers, including pieces by Fiona Mackenzie, Sarah Dowse, Carol C***s, Ian Renwick, Aileen Grant, Fiona Macintyre, Jane Rushton, Blake Milteer, Sarah Milteer, Catherine Sargeant, Sheena Graham, Rosanne Wiseman, Alison Dunlop, Rowena Dugdale, Jay Frazer, Simon Spare and others.

We hope you are all set for a fun night tonight! "Better than Christmas" and "looked forward since going back to school"...
31/10/2023

We hope you are all set for a fun night tonight!

"Better than Christmas" and "looked forward since going back to school" - Halloween was (and is!) a highlight of the calendar.

But if I hear one more adult asking "are we trick or treating at the weekend instead?" my head might explode!

This is the night when it's believed there was a thinning of the boundary between our own and the Otherworld - and our youngsters dress up in disguise and go GUISING to scare off the spirits and to prevent themselves from being taken away to the Otherworld. They sing songs, make noise, play a tune, maybe in the past even beat drums of old animal hide to deter the spirits from lingering. The houses they visit reward them for their efforts with some food or a treat of some sort.

Nowadays, we may only get a joke to two rather than a song, poem or piece of music (that 40 years ago was practised, fine-tuned and then performed at least 20 times as we went round the houses) but let's remember that this is not about buying a costume from the supermarket, or witches legs to stick in your garden - it is about hunting through what you have to make the scariest rigout possible and having a whole heap of riotous fun with your friends as you make sure you visit as many houses in your local area as you can. The fact you end up with a bag of sweets is just a bonus.



*Views here not necessarily the views of Gairloch Museum, just of one of the employees!

Here's another mystery photograph from our archive. Titled 'Flowerdale Cattlemarket', we were wondering if anyone has se...
30/10/2023

Here's another mystery photograph from our archive. Titled 'Flowerdale Cattlemarket', we were wondering if anyone has seen this postcard before, or knows anything more about the event?

Lots of great events coming up next week as part of the North of Scotland Archaeological Society's 25th Anniversary Cele...
28/10/2023

Lots of great events coming up next week as part of the North of Scotland Archaeological Society's 25th Anniversary Celebrations 🤩

NOSAS

Cleachd i neo caill i!Would you be interested in coming along to an informal Gaelic conversation group at Gairloch Museu...
27/10/2023

Cleachd i neo caill i!

Would you be interested in coming along to an informal Gaelic conversation group at Gairloch Museum?

Initially, as we gauge interest over the winter months, we think we will meet once a fortnight in the Museum Activity Room, providing a chance to use and practise your Gaelic language skills in a welcoming environment.

If you are interested in attending and would like to find out more, please contact Anna MacQuarrie either by email [email protected] or contacting Gairloch Museum on 01445 712 278.

Thanks to funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig Anna is working with Gairloch Museum, Applecross Heritage Centre, West Highland Museum and Highland Museum of Childhood. This is just one of the initiatives Anna is helping to kickstart and coordinate to help these museums increase and promote the use of Gaelic language across their sites and throughout their outreach activities.

In response to Nevis Hulme's recent post on Historic Gairloch, Wester Ross about Laide's boat roof building, here's an o...
26/10/2023

In response to Nevis Hulme's recent post on Historic Gairloch, Wester Ross about Laide's boat roof building, here's an old postcard of Aultbea that looks like it also features a boat used as a roof. Does anyone remember this building or what it was used for? If anyone has any other examples of such buildings in this area we'd love to hear from you!

In amongst the many interesting, informative and entertaining books on our book shelves you’ll find some wonderful poetr...
25/10/2023

In amongst the many interesting, informative and entertaining books on our book shelves you’ll find some wonderful poetry collections … and top of the pile today is “Far Field” by Jim Carruth - the third and final book in The Auchensale Trilogy, capturing the changing rural landscape of the West of Scotland.

We are delighted to welcome Jim to the Museum this evening, where he’ll talk about and read from his work. We hope you can join us!

Poetry Reading with Jim Carruth
6pm - 7pm
Tickets £5

Amazing photo taken this evening by our near neighbour Susan Macdonald  - capturing the amazing sunset as the days short...
24/10/2023

Amazing photo taken this evening by our near neighbour Susan Macdonald - capturing the amazing sunset as the days shorten 😍🤩 thank you Susan 🙏

Do you remember the smell of these?  At our Whatever the Weather Wednesday this week we'll be thinking about mothballs a...
24/10/2023

Do you remember the smell of these? At our Whatever the Weather Wednesday this week we'll be thinking about mothballs and other more creative ways we used to deal with uninvited 'visitors' to our homes. Come along at 10.30am and join the chat; everyone is welcome.

Quick reminder - next Monday (October 30th) is Gairloch Museum's AGM at 7.30pm at Gairloch Community Hall - all welcome!...
24/10/2023

Quick reminder - next Monday (October 30th) is Gairloch Museum's AGM at 7.30pm at Gairloch Community Hall - all welcome!

After the AGM, we’ll hear from Duncan Mackenzie, former policeman, one time guest house owner, stalker and local historian. Duncan was determined to find out what happened to his ancestors when Inverlael Glen was cleared in 1819/20. Duncan will be accompanied by filmmaker Richard Else, who will be showing extracts from their acclaimed BBC Alba documentary that charts the history of this once thriving community.

For lots more information, see Ullapool Museum's super web pages about the community engagement, research and effort that has gone into discovering more and sharing the story of this special place -
https://www.ullapoolmuseum.co.uk/elementor-1498/

Photo by Jim Dunn, featured in Ross-shire Journal, https://www.ross-shirejournal.co.uk/news/hidden-histories-to-be-uncovered-from-lost-wester-ross-township-196300/

Today's mystery photo from our archive is this snowy scene, which is titled 'Snowdrop'. We're not sure if that's the nam...
23/10/2023

Today's mystery photo from our archive is this snowy scene, which is titled 'Snowdrop'. We're not sure if that's the name of the house or the dog, so please let us know if you recognise either!

22/10/2023

"On a Gairloch Farm", undated

[photo from the collections at Museum]

We thought you might like to see these super old photos of the shop at Port Henderson - visited and remembered by many -...
19/10/2023

We thought you might like to see these super old photos of the shop at Port Henderson - visited and remembered by many - we'd love to hear your memories and stories associated with what was known (in this author's day, anyway) as Coinneach's shop.

19/10/2023

Due to this morning's power cut the Museum and Cafe will be closed today, Thurs 19th of October. We hope to be back open tomorrow!

A week tonight will be "Poetry Night at the Museum" and we are delighted to be welcoming  Jim Carruth to Gairloch Museum...
18/10/2023

A week tonight will be "Poetry Night at the Museum" and we are delighted to be welcoming Jim Carruth to Gairloch Museum (Wednesday 25th October, 6pm - 7pm).

Jim, who regularly holidays in the area became Glasgow’s Poet Laureate in 2014. Despite this “urban” titled-role, his poetry explores many themes around rural land use, and the changes in land use practises that have come with time.

Jim will read from his work and talk about his background and inspiration. We'll enjoy a glass of wine or soft drink during the session and have the chance to ask Jim any questions we might have (about his writing, other topics he can't promise to respond about!).

If you would like to come along, tickets are £5 and you can book via Art Tickets (link below) or contact us at the Museum. We hope you can join us!

https://gairloch-museum.arttickets.org.uk/.../2023-10-25...

Just a wee reminder - there will be no Whatever the Weather Wednesday session this Wednesday 18th October.  We'll be bac...
17/10/2023

Just a wee reminder - there will be no Whatever the Weather Wednesday session this Wednesday 18th October. We'll be back next week (October25th) and look forward to seeing you all after the break!

Our sessions use Museum objects and other inspiration to aid discussion and maybe undertake a fun exercise or craft activity. Enjoy a sociable lunch by either bringing a packed lunch or buying lunch in the café. In the afternoon, we play bingo and other group games. All our activities are accessible and dementia friendly. If you need help with transport please get in touch.

With thanks to GAMS and the Scottish Government Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for their support.

Whatever the weather is doing, there is always a warm welcome in Am Bàrd Cafe for visitors ☺Whether you fancy something ...
16/10/2023

Whatever the weather is doing, there is always a warm welcome in Am Bàrd Cafe for visitors ☺

Whether you fancy something savoury a wee sweet treat, take your time to enjoy the view and reflect on the fine words of the poets and songwriters which adorn the cafe walls. Maybe you'll be inspired yourself to compose a song, or write a poem ... which you could always then share at our Ceilidh House Gathering tonight (7pm - 9pm, all welcome). We are open Monday - Friday from 10am-4pm, until 31st October .

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