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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.

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Strathnaver Museum Ode

September 1, 2023

In celebration of the refurbishment of Strathnaver Museum, bard Irene Ross compossed the following which was read out at the launch of the refurbished museum on 13 May 2023. Strathnaver Museum Ode 13 May 2023 We see this ancient building which looked a bit decrepit Has had a great make-over our praise it isn’t tepid […]

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Betrayal and Loss: Australian maker and remaker to stage solo exhibition in Strathnaver Museum’s new annex

August 25, 2023

During September Strathnaver Museum will be hosting Australian sculptural artist and metal worker Barry Smith’s new body of work entitled ‘Betrayal and Loss’. Inspired by his visits to north Sutherland, Barry’s new exhibition is based on Donald Macleod’s Letter XI published in Gloomy Memories: The Highland Clearances of Strathnaver. Barry is based in Maleny, Queensland […]

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Epic stories of the historic Scottish Highlands are ready to be discovered online

May 30, 2023

30 MAY 2023 Museum of the Highlands is a new website offering novel and exciting ways to delve into the rich history of the Scottish Highlands. From archaeology and ancient stones, Clans and Jacobites, the impact of world wars, and everyday life to complex colonial histories, incredible stories of the historic Highlands and its people […]

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Fishing Around: help build a traditional fishing boat

December 9, 2022

Bettyhill based Strathnaver Museum An exciting opportunity to create a community boat for Bettyhill has emerged as part of Strathnaver Museum’s traditional skills programme. The programme of workshops has been funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, and the Co-op. Strathnaver Museum is delighted to be working in partnership with […]

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The Wild Escape

December 9, 2022

The Wild Escape Strathnaver Museum and local primary school pupils will be staging a Wild Escape as part of the latest round of the Alan Joyce Young Environmentalist Competition. The Wild Escape is a UK wide participatory project that brings together museums and schools inspired by the wildlife found in museum and gallery collections. The […]

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HMS Mackay ship’s bell

June 24, 2022

The third in a series of blogs exploring aspects of the Strathnaver Museum refurbishment project. The building work on the refurbished museum is nearing completion and we will soon be turning our attention to the mammoth task of returning the 1,000s of objects held in Strathnaver Museum’s collection to their new homes.   One such object […]

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Exciting New Business Opportunity

April 4, 2022

      The Clachan Café by the Museum in Bettyhill is available to lease: Available from 1st May On NC500 and close to Farr Beach Fully equipped Indoor seating for 25 plus outdoor seating Established business Great potential with the 2023 re-opening of the newly refurbished Strathnaver Museum Parking Museum run tourist information centre […]

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A brief history of the Strathnaver Museum building

March 30, 2022

The second in a series of regular blogs exploring aspects of the Strathnaver Museum refurbishment project. Housed in the former Church of St Columba in Bettyhill Strathnaver Museum is an impressive building thought to have been a site of ecclesiastical use for at least a thousand years. Built in 1774 this striking building is category B listed for […]

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Chipping away the old facade

March 9, 2022

The first in a series of regular blogs exploring aspects of the Strathnaver Museum refurbishment project. Housed in the former Church of St Columba in Bettyhill Strathnaver Museum is an impressive building thought to have been a site of ecclesiastical use for at least a thousand years. Built in 1774 this striking building is category […]

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Strathnaver Museum secures funding from Wolfson Foundation

January 12, 2022

Press Release 12 January 2022 Strathnaver Museum, a popular visitor attraction on the North Coast 500, has been awarded £75,000 from the Wolfson Foundation towards their important refurbishment project. The community run museum has secured more than £2m in capital funding to refurbish the existing museum, create exhibition and workshop space to the rear of […]

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