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Immerse in Highland tradition at Highland Folk Museum’s summer-long ‘Heritage in Action Days’

'Heritage in Action Days' at the Highland Folk Museum

Highland Folk Museum’s ‘Heritage in Action Days’ is an annual series of events offering members of the public the chance to see and take part in a wide range of traditional Scottish activities from across the ages.

There are typically demonstrations across the mile-long site of various skills, including: ropemaking, rag-rugging, spinning and weaving and traditional games.

Lorna Cruickshank, High Life Highland’s Curatorial Manager at the Highland Folk Museum, said: “The ‘Heritage in Action Days’ are held every Thursday throughout the summer, with the final day this year happening on August 10th.

“The format of spreading the event across six weeks offers visitors the chance to see and experience something different if they choose to attend more than once, as not all activities are the same each time.

“Some highlights are the forge in our smiddy firing, the coracles on show at the saw-mill pond, and the ever-popular Badenoch Waulking Group performing in the Church in the afternoon.

“It’s such a delight to see visitors interacting with a slice of Scottish history in real-time, as the idea behind the ‘Heritage in Action Days’ is to be as inviting, engaging, and inclusive as possible.”

Steve Walsh, High Life Highland’s Chief Executive, concluded: “High Life Highland is proud to bring together skilled crafters to share Highland culture and tradition throughout the ‘Heritage in Action Days’ programme.

“This community effort to educate members of the public on traditional skills and culture in the Highlands is a way of celebrating how far society has come while also staying true to its roots.

“As with ‘Woolly Weekend’ and ‘Outlander Day’ earlier in the year, the ‘Heritage in Action Days’ events make for a unique, immersive, family-friendly experience that I hope members of the public will enjoy engaging with.”

Upcoming dates include Thursday 20th July, Thursday 27th July, Thursday 3rd August, and Thursday 10th August. Each day runs from 11am-1pm, followed by an hour-long break, then picking up again from 2pm-4pm.

Highland Folk Museum is managed and maintained by High Life Highland, and uniquely, is Britain’s first mainland open-air museum. There are over 35 historical buildings onsite to explore and discover how people in the Highlands lived as far back as 1700s.

There is no charge for the ‘Heritage in Action Days’ or the museum, but donations play a vital part in helping to improve the experience of the area and the Highland Folk Museum is grateful for any contributions towards this.

Donations are accepted in person at the museum by cash or card, and there is also an online donations portal available for use at any time by using the following link: https://high-life-highland.myshopify.com/collections/donate/products/hfm-donations