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Sutherland Caithness Heroes 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 the COVID-19 outbreak communities have been finding new and innovative ways to support each other. Groups and individuals have shown great strength and resilience in a variety of ways from providing food, delivering prescriptions to raising money for causes they care about.

To celebrate and commemorate these unusual times Strathnaver Museum are asking members of the public to honour their local heroes by creating decorative plaques in their name. The plaque can be produced in any medium and celebrate the contribution of a local hero in the community.

The design should have a decorative edge which can feature images from the community, or that relate to the person or group you would like to thank. Within the frame a written panel should name your local hero and explain why they are deserving of recognition.

Strathnaver Museum are asking participants to take a photo of the finished plaque, with a transcript of the text if the image is not clear. This should then be emailed to Fiona at
fiona@strathnavermuseum.org.uk or posted to social media tagging Strathnaver Museum and using the hashtag #SutherlandCaithnessHereos2020.

The project has been inspired by Mary Garden’s recent donation of a commemorative plaque presented to her grandfather Robert Garden. Robert was a merchant operating out of Tongue during the early 20th century who provided delivery and transport services connecting communities across Sutherland and Caithness.

Fiona Mackenzie, Strathnaver Museum, Development Manager explained “It’s been heartening, but not surprising, to see our communities rallying together to support one another during these difficult times. Mary’s kind donation of the beautiful plaque presented to
her grandfather gave us the idea to ask the community who they would consider for special recognition today.”

The panels will be collated in a commemorative exhibition which will be available to view on the Strathnaver Museum’s website. A hard copy book with all the panels will be produced and added to the Strathnaver Museum archive for future researchers to access in years to come. You can download more information, a transcript of the panel text and a template at www.strathnavermuseum.org.uk.