Dan Cottam speaking at the launch of MHH

Museums and Heritage Highland (MHH) is a new charity formed in March 2019. We are a strong, supportive voice for heritage in the Highlands. Our members include museums, galleries and heritage organisations of all sizes from across the region. We work to promote collaborative working and capacity building; promoting partnership opportunities that support our members achieve their purpose and to be sustainable and resilient in challenging times. 

What we do

We exist to strengthen the heritage sector in the Highlands for the benefit of everyone living in and visiting the Highlands. Our projects are drawn from our membership with the key aim of helping museums and other heritage organisations raise standards, engage with more people, collaborate with each other and be sustainable and resilient.

Our vision is a strong and resilient heritage sector in the Highlands, embedded in local culture and responding to our local communities needs; supporting cultural tourism to benefit local economies and encouraging everyone to engage with our diverse histories.

We are currently a small board with two part time posts supporting the board in helping to realise the organisation’s aims.

Board Members

Dan Cottam (Chair)
Fiona Mackenzie
Doug Maclean (Treasurer)
Siobhan Beatson
Barbara Cohen
Andrew McKenzie
Sophie Foot (secretary)
Ben Thomas
Jason Martin
Joe Derry Setch


Helen Avenell (Projects and Partnerships Manager)
Nicola Henderson (Innovation and Network Manager)

Email nicola.henderson@museumsandheritagehighland.org.uk if you would like more information on MHH and what we can do for you! Or sign up to our mailing list here:


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Museums and Heritage Highland is a charity and earns its income from membership fees, fundraising and donations. If you would like to help ensure that Highland heritage thrives, please consider donating a small amount to help the organisation provide much needed support to museums and heritage organisations across the Highlands.