A spreadsheet has been created identifying around 100 possible funders for the redevelopment project, including contact details, types of funding, scale of grant given etc. Rosalyn and Pauline have prioritised these and identified those funders that will give money for capital projects. Once we hear back from HLF, fundraising for the delivery phase of the project will start in earnest.


Following a further phone call from Bobbi at HLF (the third we have received so far), a table has been sent to HLF showing the sources of funding identified for the delivery phase and status of the applications.



The architect’s plans are now available to view on the website, and people have been notified of this via Facebook and the Mailchimp subscribers list. A small display about the redevelopment, including architects plans and basic information, has gone up at the Gale Centre today. It will be there for 1 week initially before reappearing at the end of March for another few weeks. (The reverse side of the display will contain information about the forthcoming temporary exhibitions). A similar, though smaller, display will also be put up at the museum and Rosalyn intends to contact the community centres at Poolewe and Aultbea to see if they would be able to host a small display.


Audience development

A few different activities will be trialled over the coming season, including reminiscence sessions at Strathburn House, ‘make and take’ activities over the Easter period and others. We intend to publicise the loan boxes more widely with the local schools, but before doing so they all need to be assessed and rationalised as some have been developed much more fully than others.


The idea of promotions and discount vouchers will also be looked into and possibly trialled this summer (with prior agreement from the Board). This could include things like discounted entry for Steading customers (which would need to be advertised / promoted in the café) and 10%-off vouchers handed out at the pier on sunny days with a one or two day expiry. This would help us to assess whether this kind of ‘reactive’ marketing increases our visitor numbers and takings or not.


Events – Roundabout Gairloch

The museum’s stall will be selling the two new booklets (Geology and WWI) as well as some of the older ones and some local cards that went down well last year. If space allows we hope to put up some information about the redevelopment and the temporary exhibitions’ programme. We are interested in including something that attracts children to the stall – space/budget constraints give us limited scope but we are currently thinking about something like a ‘spot the difference’ photo based on an image in our collection.


Oral history

Progress has been made transcribing some of the fishing oral histories. Three volunteers are working on this, in response to appeals Karen put out via the mailing list, Facebook and in the G&DT. Once the recordings have been transcribed we will consider what to do next, e.g. exhibition, publication, something with WRFT.



Fundraising course on Wednesday (4 March) in Inverness


Training in applying to private trusts in Perth on Saturday 28 March – this is in combination with a visit to the Blackwatch Museum in Perth to meet with Emma Halford-Forbes to discuss their recent redevelopment project.



Rosalyn Goulding (Project Curator)

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