Highland Museum’s Day

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Highland Museums Collections: Taking Stock and Looking Forward
A day organised for volunteers and staff from Highland museums and archives (accredited / non-accredited, large and small) to exchange information about museums and collections, explore issues of on-line catalogues, volunteer  training, and other issues. Lunch is provided, and travel expenses reimbursed (please carpool if possible). Initially, please only up to four people per museum/archive. If spaces allow we will offer them to others. Free! The day has been funded by ScARF and High Life Highland, with support from ARCH and Museums and Heritage Highland.

Date: Thursday  12th March,

Venue: Alness Heritage Centre (102 High St, Alness IV17 0SG)

Times: 10-4

Bookings to Susan Kruse at  archhighland@googlemail.com. Please provide full contact details and specify any dietary issues.

Please find full information on the event via this link

Historylinks East Sutherland Longhouse Project

Historylinks East Sutherland Longhouse Project

Historylinks Museum in Dornoch is delivering an exciting project looking at the history of the Longhouse and in particular focusing on life in the community of Dalnamain pre-clearances.

Their Project Manager and Curator have worked together to create workshops that will inform the local community about life in Dalnamain before the Clearances took place. They have identified experts who could facilitate workshops and pulled together an exciting project programme. The programme, now in full swing, includes silversmithing, coppicing and willow weaving, cooking, construction and thatching, working with wool, leather craft, music and much more.

The programme of events will culminate on Saturday 28th March when they host Changing Perceptions: Let’s Talk About Dalnamain. Kicking off with a site visit to Dalnamain led by Archaeologist, Anne Coombs, it will be a day to showcase the practical workshops that have taken place, together with talks by Dr Michael Rhodes and their Curator. A scale model of Dalnamain as it looked in the 18th Century, and created by Dave Mahoney and Historylinks’ Young Curators, will be on show at the heart of their Project exhibition in the Museum.

Please read more about this project in this full blog

And find out about the full programme of activities here

An Iconic Acquisition with a Secret – at West Highland Museum

snuff box

Here is a short blog from Vanessa Martin at the West Highland Museum in Fort William on a recent exciting acquisition that is now on display in the museum.

‘We were delighted to have the opportunity to purchase a rare hidden portrait Jacobite snuff box at the Lyon and Turnbull auction in Edinburgh in August.  

It is a mid-18th century circular box with enamel tartan decoration, the hinged cover opens to reveal a plain interior, however, the hidden double lid opens to reveal a finely enamelled portrait of Prince Charles Edward Stuart in tartan jacket with orders of The Garter and Thistle decorations, white cockade and blue bonnet.

Hidden portrait snuff boxes such as this are amongst the most iconic Jacobite works of art. This example is in particularly good condition and finely enamelled.  The portrait is a variant of the famous Robert Strange example which likely date this piece to circa 1750.

The Museum has been established as a “Jacobite Museum” since its inception in 1922.  We have many unique and unusual objects already in our collection such as the Secret Portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his death mask. This iconic object will be a valuable addition to our Jacobite collection and is now on permanent display.

We would not have been able to acquire this fine object for the collection without the financial support of the National Fund for Acquisitions, the Art Fund and a very generous local donor.  We are most grateful to everyone who has contributed to make this purchase possible.  The final price for the snuff box at auction was £9,750.’

Bonnie Prince Charlie picture on snuff box