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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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Mackay Country Stories: Alexander S. McKay (1843-1903)

August 13, 2020

ALEXANDER S. MCKAY 1844, South Leith, Scotland – 1903, Talca, Chile Miller and entrepreneur Alexander was born in the small and dynamic port city of Leith, then two miles northeast of Edinburgh.  His parents were Isaac McKay, a barber who served in the St. Helen’s Artillery Regiment in Portugal, and Jane Smith. Alexander was the […]

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Pioneering Bagpipes

June 26, 2020

Donald Sutherland 1888-1963 In 1910 Donald Sutherland a shepherd from Coire Chaorachaidh, Rogart received his eagerly awaited immigration papers. From that moment Donald, a talented piper and heavy weight athlete, embarked on a globe-trotting adventure over the next several decades. Donald’s Early Life Donald was a man of many talents and was described in an […]

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Sutherland Caithness Heroes 2020

June 23, 2020

Strathnaver Museum are calling for members of the public to help them celebrate local heroes across Sutherland and Caithness. Inspired by a recent donation of a commemorative plaque presented in 1908 to Robert Garden of Tongue they are looking to celebrate those who are making huge contributions to their communities today. Since the beginning of […]

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Saved from the unforgiving sea

June 2, 2020

It is a story that is all but forgotten – a story that tells of both the inhumanity and the enduring qualities of people, and how a small north Sutherland community was thrust into the consequences of war, in dramatic circumstances. Faded pencil notes on scraps of paper, and his grandmother’s handwriting on Post Office […]

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Lost at Sea

May 28, 2020

Despite the current lockdown restrictions Strathnaver Museum is continuing to carry out community research projects and are appealing for members of the public to submit their stories about those ‘Lost at Sea’ along the north Sutherland coast. As part of the Year of Coast and Waters Strathnaver Museum will be staging a digital exhibition ‘Lost […]

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Mackay Country Stories: Peter Munro, OBE (1892-1971)

May 15, 2020

PETER MUNRO 1892, Melness, Scotland – 1971 Auckland, New Zealand Athlete and Assistant Police Commissionaire Auckland District Peter Munro born in Skinnet, Melness 1892, the son of John and Ellen Munro was destined to become one of New Zealand’s greatest amateur athletes. By 1936 Peter held the title of champion shot putter in the Dominion, […]

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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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