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March to the Museum

Strathnaver Museum in Bettyhill is getting ready to take part in Scotland’s annual Festival of Museums, a nationwide programme of cultural events taking place from 15 – 17 May.

‘March to the Museum’ is a fun filled afternoon of free activities and entertainment for all the family which will begin with a piped procession from the Bettyhill War Memorial at 12pm on Saturday 16th May.

As part of Strathnaver Museum’s commemoration of the First World War a new exhibition will be launched which explores the war experience of a young piper from Eriboll, Alec Mackay.

An innovative music project with the traditional music group Feis air an Oir will also commemorate the World War One Centenary. Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) First World War: then and now and Museum Galleries Scotland Pibrochs and Poppies explores the impact of the war through music and in particular pipe music.

Find out what the team have uncovered so far or contribute your own stories of pipers from North West Sutherland who were involved in the First World War.

Talented Dunnet based artist Joanne B Kaar, creator of Strathnaver Museum’s wonderful Museum of Curiosity, will also be attending. Joanne will be running a drop in workshop where you can help create a special artwork for the day.

Caithness Amateur Radio Station will have a radio station in operation at the Museum. It is hoped to link up with other amateur Radio Stations around the world to share our heritage and culture and help to promote the north coast.

The ever popular Feis air an Oir will again be providing the musical entertainment at this year’s event.

The communities along the North Coast are also invited to come along and promote their special interests or businesses. To book a table please contact the Strathnaver Museum on 01641 521 418 or at

The Festival of Museums is an annual event coordinated by Museums Galleries Scotland to showcase Scotland’s extensive cultural offering through over 100 exciting events taking place across the country. The programme caters to all ages and interests and includes everything from historical re-enactments and night time murder mysteries to children’s storytelling and arts and crafts.

Joanne Orr, Chief Executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: “Festival of Museums is about igniting imaginations while celebrating Scotland’s wealth of culture. There is a packed programme this year with lots of extraordinary, surprising and exciting events over three fun-filled days. So come and see what Scotland’s museums have in store for you.”

March to the Museum is just one of many exciting events taking place as part of Festival of Museums between 15 and 17 May 2015. For a full programme of events, please visit