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Strathnaver Museum undertakes many projects. Some are linked to the Clan Mackay and Museum and Galleries others are to raise awareness and increase knowledge of the Museum. All are fun days and result in new exhibitions and assets. Invite people to participate and add to the wealth resources we have at Strathnaver.

Recent News

Retiral of longstanding volunteer

April 10, 2017

  By Jim A. Johnston Strathnaver Museum, located in the former Church of St Columba in Clachan Cemetery, Bettyhill, has relied heavily since its inception on the work of volunteers and has had many long serving and dedicated unpaid assistants during that time.  These include Elliot Rudie, of Arken, Bettyhill who, having started his volunteering […]

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We are looking for a volunteer coordinator

January 25, 2017

We require a Volunteer Coordinator to be responsible for several aspects of volunteering outlined in the job brief. Strathnaver Museum needs volunteer help to function. There is a need for a more coordinated management of the day to day running of the museum, better communication systems between volunteers as well as a more structured training programme. This […]

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Sergeant John Macdonald

November 18, 2016

By Jim Johnston John Macdonald was born at Aird in the parish of Farr in 1887.  His father, a fisherman, followed the herring as successful skipper of the Peterhead registered drifter Confidence. John preferred the ways of the land and found employment at Syre in Strathnaver on the sporting estate then in the possession of […]

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November 18, 2016

By Jim A Johnston Book Review Blockade by Steve Dunn Published in hardback by Seaforth @ £19.99 208 pp ISBN 978-1-84832-340-7 It’s Friday the 16th March 1917 and the heavily armed but near obsolete cruiser Achilles, together with her consort Dundee, an Armed Boarding Steamer, are ploughing the leaden waters of the North Atlantic along […]

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Moulding the Past

October 14, 2016

Strathnaver Museum may be best known for its exhibits relating to the Sutherland Clearances of the early 19th Century but, given that the great valley from which it take its name has a history stretching back to the Mesolithic, the museum is also home to some more ancient artefacts. Prime among these is the Chealamy […]

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Karen renews vows in Strathnaver Museum

July 15, 2016

By Jim A Johnston Strathnaver Museum, Bettyhill, is housed in what was once St Columba’s Church, central to the ancient churchyard of Clachan.  The presence of the famous Farr Stone, a Christianised Pictish monument, near its western wall testifies to religious connections going back to the eighth century and a church has existed on the […]

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Last Footsteps of Home

July 12, 2016

  By Jim A Johnson Strathnaver Museum hosted an unusual and well attended event in Bettyhill Public Hall last Tuesday evening which centred round the topic of migration to and from the Highlands and Islands, a hot issue nationwide given the wave of zenophobia rippling outwards from England in the wake of the Brexit vote […]

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Gaelic Awareness Day

March 8, 2016

Strathnaver Museum and Highland Council have teamed up to celebrate Gaelic language and culture at a special Gaelic Awareness Open Day to be held at the Museum on Saturday. This free catered event begins at 11am where you can discover more about the benefits of bilingualism from the Gaelic Team from Highland Council. There will […]

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Funding success for the Strathnaver Museum

January 29, 2016

Strathnaver Museum has been successful in the latest round of grant awards announced by the Architectural Heritage Fund. The Museum has secured £7,000 from the AHF’s Project Development Grant Scheme which will help to fund a Project Coordinator to develop the Strathnaver Museum Refurbishment Project. The Architectural Heritage Fund made 13 new grant offers worth […]

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Resettlement of the Strath explored at Strathnaver Hall

December 7, 2015

By Jim A. Johnston Despite competition from no less than four other events running concurrently in North Sutherland on Saturday (28th November) afternoon, Strathnaver Hall drew a capacity audience from far and wide for a three hour exploration of the history of the resettled strath. Strathnaver is, of course, notorious in Scottish history from events […]

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