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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

Returned to the Spirits by Ronnie Smith

January 22, 2020

By Ronnie Smith Returned to the Spirits The black water flees the rippling loch, in the long shade, the silent witness, of the western ridge The brief river splits the lush dancing grass in its endless rush to the bay, a genesis of life in every direction. The scattered stones of houses destroyed. Timbers, long […]

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Strathnaver Museum secures major capital funding boost

December 28, 2019

Strathnaver Museum has been announced as a recipient of £650,000 in grant funding from the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Redevelopment of Strathnaver Museum as a heritage hub for north west Sutherland project will improve the visitor experience, secure the existing museum collections, conserve the historic church building and improve access to its heritage […]

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Durness Primary School wins Alan Joyce Young Environmentalist Competition

December 20, 2019

  Durness Primary School are the overall winners in the 2019 Alan Joyce Young Environmentalist Competition. First organised by Strathnaver Museum and Caithness and Sutherland Countryside Rangers in 2012 the competition encourages children to demonstrate their awareness of the natural world around them. Strathnaver Museum launched the competition in memory of former biology teacher Alan […]

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Museum Designer Wanted

November 27, 2019

Strathnaver Museum is seeking an exhibition designer to produce design proposals for the museum as part of our wider refurbishment project. The contract will be in 2 phases: Phase I: design proposals to RIBA Stage 3 equivalent and, Phase II: finalisation of the design and delivery of these proposals. Phase II will be subject to […]

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Clan Mackay Society – Historian (Seanachaidh) required

November 13, 2019

CLAN MACKAY SOCIETY HISTORIAN (SEANACHAIDH) REQUIRED The Clan Mackay Society is looking to recruit an Historian (or Seanachaidh) to its Council. Responsibilities: • Compile material on Mackay genealogy from published sources and primary research. • Prepare and publish material relating to the history of the Clan Mackay. • Custodian of genealogies, records and histories of […]

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Strathnaver Museum secures National Lottery support

October 1, 2019

Strathnaver Museum has received initial support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the redevelopment of Strathnaver Museum as a heritage hub for north west Sutherland, it was announced today. The project aims to safeguard the condition of the historic building, improve the visitor experience and secure the future of the collection in the area […]

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Pipers marry their pipes and live in sin with their wives

September 10, 2019

Whilst perusing the images we hold on the Strathnaver Museum computer I discovered this striking image of a handsome young couple on their wedding day. You can tell a lot from a picture. The bridal gown appears to be from the 1920s, the groom is a military man. But who were the couple? What is […]

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The Thorwaldsen

August 30, 2019

By Elizabeth Mackay The figurehead of the ‘Thorwaldsen’ is displayed proudly in the corner of Strathnaver Museum.  I have chosen this item and its associated artefacts because the story connected to them significantly spans several themes in our local heritage. The wooden figurehead was sculptured by Hans Michelsen (1789-1859) who was born in Trondhjem and […]

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Joanne’s portable ideas

May 29, 2019

By Joanne B Kaar In 2012 I was delighted to be one of 4 artists in Scotland to receive Museums Galleries Scotland and Creative Scotland’s Iconic Artists In Iconic Places award. Working in collaboration with Joanne Howdle, the now ex-curator of Caithness Horizons Museum, this award enabled me to develop my ideas for a ‘portable […]

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Wanted Administrator

April 9, 2019

Administrator £5,760 (pro rata 0.27 FTE) Strathnaver Museum are looking for an experienced administrator on a contract basis to support the day to day running of the organisation. For more information and a Job Description please contact Colin McDonogh at To apply please send CV and covering letter to Colin McDonogh at by […]

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