On 11 March 2016 we were delighted to hear that a Scottish charity are pledging £15,000 towards our project. This pledge is conditional on our raising the rest of the funding we need, and therefore cannot be publicised until we have met those conditions. We can, however, use the funders name and the amount pledged in future funding applications.


We are still waiting to hear the results of the other applications submitted, all of which are / were being assessed in March or April.


RG is hoping to meet with Mark Feeny in the week commencing 28 March for a catch-up.


Audience Development

Work on the Audience Report was postponed in March in favour of getting the museum ready for its early opening, but will now be picked up again.



The Interpretation Plan is now basically complete, pending any further comments from HLF. Work on updating the plan, however, will be ongoing as Stage D (or 3) work begins to comes back from the Architects and Designers.


KT and RG are hoping to be able to reschedule the benchmarking trip to Lewis, Harris and Uist, but anticipate that finding suitable dates might be a struggle.


Oral history

One further interview was taken on 28 March 2016. There is now a slight transcription backlog, but it should not take too much time to get back up to date. A compilation of oral history clips and photographs can be found in the current temporary exhibition. This gives an idea of how we hope to integrate audio into our displays in the new museum.


RG and KT are also looking into the possibility of reusing the shell audio exhibit produced by Karen Rann as a listening post in the Fishing display.


Community Consultation

All the community consultations have now taken place. Overall we reached 83 people and received some interesting feedback, which can be found overleaf. Despite costs incurred (mostly in terms of time) and low numbers at a couple of the locations, it was a worthwhile exercise as most who came were very interested in the project and keen to talk about it with us and each other.


RG will talk to Donald about the possibility of putting a small display in the Shieling, and John Port / Yasmine about using the library for the same purposes. We are also thinking of putting an insert into the Yellow Pages, but perhaps this would be better delayed to coincide with the production of a new redevelopment leaflet?



A summary of feedback from the community consultation sessions:


Family activities

• Lots of activities for children, e.g. i-spy, trails

• More to touch, feel and smell

• Outdoor activities

• Wet weather activities

• Dressing-up

• Story-themed topics leading to quest for more information


Interpretation / what information should we provide?

• More on rocks, shells, dinosaurs, bones, the Vikings, peat, WWII, the schools, women, boats and fishing, geology

• Photo overlays, which show the phasing of old into modern

• Animals that were native to the area, such as bear, lynx

• Put on the exhibit labels where the objects were found or which shop, boat etc they come from

• A designated area for traditional music and the history of the same

• Touchscreens downstairs in the atrium with local photos and images of the exhibits, so people who find it hard to see can zoom in on the details



• Something produced by the community – like the mosaic at Torridon

• What about getting the community involved, doing sponsored walks, the Wilderness Challenge, face-painting etc?

• Don’t alienate people by doing too much fundraising

• Have a museum bookplate, with a competition in the school for the best design.


General layout and building

• Is upstairs the right place for the displays? What about having galleries downstairs and research upstairs?

• What about putting the temporary exhibition space at the front of the building?

• Are the doors wide enough for disabled access?

• Leave the war gallery open-ended: remove the doors

• Is the library / reading room big enough?

• Put an access door through from the curator’s room to the library

• Have you thought about energy conservation / heat recovery systems / renewables?

• Use the windows of the business units to advertise the museum

• Integrate the shop and the displays

• Provide a comfortable space where visitors can relax and read books about the local area





Rosalyn Goulding (Project Curator)

Gairloch Heritage Museum :   Achtercairn • Gairloch • Ross-shire • IV21 2BP • UK

Curator : Dr. Karen Buchanan (Thompson)

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Gairloch Heritage Museum is operated by Gairloch & District Heritage Company Ltd which is run by volunteers and is a registered charity no. SC010249