The Wolfson Foundation have assessed our application and have said that whilst they are unable to invite us through to the second round at this stage, they are sympathetic to our project and would be grateful if we would get in touch once 50% of the project’s capital costs have been raised and planning permission has been secured.


Applications to the Hugh Fraser Foundation, the Radcliffe Trust, the Robertson Trust and the Turtleton Charitable Trust will be assessed in April 2016.


An application to SSE was submitted on 15 February and will be assessed in March 2016.


Audience Development

Work on the Audience Report is ongoing.



KT & RG have submitted an application to Bòrd Na Gaidhlig for a small amount of money to fund the employment of a Gaelic consultant to put together a variety of learning activities for a Gaelic loan box.


Community Consultation

The community consultations got off to a great start on Saturday 30 January, with nearly 50 people turning up. Numbers dwindled after that, not unexpectedly, with 12 at the Poolewe session and 4 at Kinlochewe. Many thanks to everyone who helped out on the day or provided soup and rolls. Feedback from these sessions is being collated and will be distributed to the Board once all the sessions have taken place. The next will be at Aultbea Free Church Hall on Saturday 5 March from 11-1, with Roy, Hugh and possibly Dugald in attendance and Dugald/Morag providing the soup. The final session is in Torridon on Saturday 12 March and will be attended by RG, Willie and Allan with Mairi providing soup.


We had an exhibition of our architectural plans and information about the proposed displays in one of GALE’s free slots from 28 January to 5 February. We hope to put the same information in the Library and are investigating the possibility of putting a display in The Shieling. The first temporary exhibition of this season will be of our new museum plans. We will put together some more detailed information about the proposed displays and are also hoping to create a slideshow with accompanying clips from the oral history recordings to give people an idea of the kind of interpretation we will be able to provide in the new museum.



JF has contacted some of the Geology universities who expressed support for our project to try to get a clearer idea of how they envisage the new Geology gallery. We are also considering shifting the gallery from where it is now on the plans (downstairs in a restricted space) to the first floor, adjacent to the natural history display. This will make it out of place chronologically but will fit in well thematically and will provide more room for the displays.


Oral History

Work on sound editing and transcribing the historic oral history recordings is ongoing. Two new oral history interviews were taken with Mary Mackenzie and Jessie Osborne in Ullapool. These are currently being edited and transcribed. A new interview with a man from Sand Farm has been arranged for Easter Monday.



In conjunction with Gairloch Aid and Mobility Support (GAMS), we held a reminiscence session in the Community Hall Annexe on Wednesday 3 February. GAMS provided the venue, the people and the cake and we brought along a variety of objects and photographs relating to domestic life in the District over the past 100 years or so. It was a really enjoyable afternoon, and great to hear everyone’s memories of what life used to be like.


We also held the second of our Gairloch Hotel reminiscence sessions with a group of four ex-employees on Monday 3rd February, which was also interesting and enjoyable.



Rosalyn Goulding (Project Curator)

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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