An application was made to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for funding support towards our interpretation. The response is due imminently.


PB wrote to the HB Allen foundation requesting support. No response yet received.


An application to the Wolfson Foundation will be submitted by 18 December 2015.


The Highland round of the SSE Sustainable Development Fund is now open for expressions of interest. MS is assembling info which has to be sent in by 22 January 2016. We are hopeful that we will secure support from this fund.


An application will be submitted to the Radcliffe Trust by the end of January. This would be for a sum of money (c£5000) that would be used for conservation work and preparation for the decant of the collection.


RG is hoping to put in an application to the Turtleton Charitable Trust, but as their deadline is also the end of January this may not be possible.


We were very fortunate to receive a grant of £20,000 from the estate of the late Carl Mayl, which was secured for us by the efforts of Mark Feeny. Mark is hopeful that another trust with which he is associated will also be interested in supporting us. This grant is a direct result of our letter/leaflet distribution throughout the community, and brings our community fundraising total to c£70,000.


As we were not offered the Mac and Mac grant, we will not be able to apply for one of the WREN grants. Those grants are for £300, and a listening post would likely cost between £500 and £1000.



Audience development

The first pub quiz was a great opportunity to hand out some of the informal questionnaires, as so many of the audience were not regular visitors to the museum. KT also helped get this survey online, and a link to it has been published on Facebook and emailed to volunteers. Please do pass it on to friends/family who live locally, as it will help us assess how we can reach new audiences.


The Audience Report is progressing, and more information is being added as it is collected.




Sarah Taylor from Gairloch Primary has been in talk about our Victorian resources, and has borrowed a loan box as well as some other bits and pieces. She is keen to work with the museum on future topics. Seonaid Buxton from the Primary School has also contacted us as she is interested in our WWII resources and the possibility of someone coming in to talk to the class.




Community Consultation

KT and RG have discussed the need for further public consultation within the community. We hope to run a series of meetings in the new year, not just in Gairloch but also in Aultbea, Poolewe, Kinlochewe and possibly Torridon too. This would give us the opportunity to inform how plans have progressed and show new architectural and design plans, and will also give attendees the chance to provide feedback on our ideas.




A first draft of an object list has been produced for the designers, which highlights the key objects we want in our new displays. This is a working document so will continue to be updated as the project progresses.


The Gaelic Stategy has been received, and the relevant parts will be worked into the Interpretation Plan.




The benchmarking trip to Lewis, Harris and Uist had to be postponed as the ferry was cancelled due to bad weather. The intention is to rearrange for Spring, when there is less chance of cancellation.


A very successful trip was made to Biggar museum on 30 October. It was interesting and helpful to see what our designers have done with that collection, and all were impressed with the quality of their work. If anyone is interested in seeing a report of the trip, please let me know.


PB and RG visited 2 Cold War sites in Arbroath and Dundee on 5 December, kindly arranged by Cheryl Stewart of the ROC. We had a very interesting time, made some more useful contacts and also gained a much better idea of what went on in the Highlands during the Cold War.



Oral history

Anne MacInnes has now interviewed Hector Mackenzie, who grew up at Seabrook, Strath, bringing the total number of interviews conducted up to 8 (of the minimum 15 required). All but one of these interviews have been transcribed. RG has trained PB in how to transcribe recordings.


The first Gairloch Hotel reminiscence session, organised by IM, was held in the museum library on 24 November. 6 former employees who worked at the hotel between the 1950s and 1970s gathered together to talk about their time there. This revealed some interesting information and stories for the ‘Securing the Memories’ project, and gave us the opportunity to identify those who may be worth interviewing later on. Further reminiscence sessions, hopefully with a larger group, are planned for the new year.




RG and KT attended a reasonably useful training session in Culloden on 8 December entitled ‘How to talk to teens’.


RG attended very helpful fundraising training on 28 October.



Rosalyn Goulding (Project Curator)

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