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Here’s to Health Wealth and Happiness at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery

Stories of healthcare in the Highlands are the focus of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery’s new exhibition.

Health, Wealth, and Happiness explores the history of health and wellbeing in the Highlands, from traditional treatments and cutting-edge technologies to the Covid-19 pandemic.

David Wright

Inverness Museum curator Kari Moodie said: “We’re delighted to shine a spotlight on this topic with our first major collections exhibition in over 10 years.

“Visitors will discover historical medical equipment, learn about the lives of pioneering Highland medics, and step into an immersive early 20th century pharmacy.”

At the heart of the exhibition is a large healthcare collection built up by retired nurse David Wright and donated to Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.

David’s collection includes tools, uniforms, bottles and bags from every corner of the Highlands.

The exhibition will also highlight the Highlands and Islands Medical Service, which launched in 1913 and is recognised today as a forerunner of the modern NHS.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery has spent the past year working with individuals, communities, and organisations to collect an exceptional range of Highland healthcare items.

It is hoped that this collection will continue to grow with the support of local communities.

Carys Vaughan

Individuals highlighted in the exhibition include Covid-19 survivor Sarah MacDougall and four-year-old Carys Vaughan who has loaned the museum a range of objects including her first prosthetic leg and a very special Barbie doll.

Items from businesses, charities and museums across the Highlands will also be on display.

The exhibition will be on show in Inverness until June 18.

It will then travel to Thurso, where it will be displayed in the Thurso Gallery and the North Coast Visitor Centre from July 1 to August 13.