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Upcoming events for 2024

Thrèigsinn (Abandoned) Exhibition Launch by Jane Cooper

26th April: Strathnaver Museum Annex

Pre-view Jane Cooper’s much anticipated exhibition, with drinks & nibbles and a talk from Jane about her work. See below for exhibition details.

Thrèigsinn (Abandoned) Exhibition Launch by Jane Cooper

26th April to 31st May: Strathnaver Museum Annex

The Scottish landscape has for centuries been a subject for artists to paint yet the history of the land has seldom been visually explored.
For centuries families lived and farmed along our straths and glens before being forcibly removed to make way for commercial sheep farming in the 19th Century, leaving the landscape barren and empty of people. Jane Cooper explores the stories of the dispossessed who were removed to coastal strips, or who saught a better furture in neighbouring counties, the industrial south, or far shores. Abandoned homes remain a reminder of their presence.
This exhibition explores each phase of abandonment, allowing the viewer to walk through the timeline of events. Jane skillfully employs maps, archival images, and QR codes as a visual aid to help us explore this lost world, directing us on journeys of discovery of the impact of dispossetion on a lost world.

Cycling in the Straths

25th May: Tongue Village Hall

Annual cycle sportive to raise funds for Strathnaver Museum projects

The Real Mackay by Helen Graham

26th June, 7pm: Strathnaver Museum Annex

Join us to learn more about Helen Graham’s historical novel based around the life of Sir Walter Scott’s favourite comedian Charles Mackay.

Night after night jostling crowds clamour for entry to Edinburgh’s Theatre Royal with one name on their lips: the Real Mackay. But who is he? The answer leaps off the page in this meticulously researched historical novel which plunges the reader into the golden era of Scottish national theatre, seen through the eyes of Charles Mackay.

Spaces are limited so please reserve your free seat by booking

Hame Exhibition Launch by Fiona Dempster

30th August, 7pm: Strathnaver Museum Annex

Pre-view Fiona Dempster’s much anticipated exhibition, with drinks & nibbles and a talk from Fiona about her work. See below for exhibition details.

Hame by Fiona Dempster

30th August to 28th September: Strathnaver Museum Annex

Australian ‘maker with words’ Fiona Dempster will join us later this year with a specially created exhibition for Strathnaver Museum exploring the concept of home.

The Highland Clearances forcibly, and forcefully, removed people from their homes.

I have often wondered how the women who were forced to leave their homes found ways to make new ones. How did they put their family’s home back together, in a different place, in different ways? How difficult was it for them to create a new home? What fragments of their past home held memories that could help forge a new one? What did it take to build home anew?

As a person in the 21st century who is privileged to move between two homes, both vastly different from each other, I regularly ponder what home means. I look for similarities, threads of connection between the two, and I wonder.

The work in the exhibition foregrounds women and women’s work, including contemporary expositions of traditionally female skills such as dyeing, stitching and the use of threads. Artists’ books and small sculptural pieces offer new ways of considering the questions and of telling these stories.

Scottish Civic Trust Doors Open Day

21st September: Strathnaver Museum

During the Scottish Civic Trust’s Doors Open Day weekend Strathnaver Museum will be hosting an Open Day.

Highland Archaeology Festival

TBC late September / early October: Strathnaver Museum (& Highland wide)

During the Highland Archaeology Festival fortnight we will host an Open Day and family friendly events as well as a special exhibtion. Details coming soon.

For more information about any of our upcoming events contact us at info@strathnavermuseum.org.uk.