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Museum makes appeal for healthcare items, images and stories

Inverness Museum Assistant Joe Setch with a medical bag owned by Dr Auchterlonie of Invergordon.

Inverness Museum is appealing for people from across the Highlands to donate healthcare items, images, and information to the museum for a new exhibition.

Museum staff are looking for stories and donations which relate to health and wellbeing in the Highlands, as well as experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Donations will be added to the Inverness Museum collection, giving future generations an insight into life across the region at this time.

Collections Curator Kari Moodie said: “Our experiences over the past year and a half have shown us the importance of health and its ability to affect every aspect of our lives.

“We’re aiming to represent a wide range of healthcare experiences in our upcoming exhibition and we would like your help in building a diverse collection of items.

“It’s our hope that the donations we receive will capture the essence of what health and wellbeing means to Highlanders today.”

A selection of the donations will feature in Inverness Museum’s Health, Wealth and Happiness exhibition on the history of healthcare in the Highlands, launching in April 2022.

The exhibition will go on tour over the summer, including a stop at Thurso Art Gallery.

Museum Assistant Joe Setch said: “Donations can relate to any aspect of mental or physical health, from occupations and treatment to lifestyle and relationships.

“A donated item doesn’t need to be old, valuable, or even unique – all it has to do is tell a story about healthcare in the Highlands.

“For example, your donation could be a poster you made to thank essential workers during the pandemic, an object you carried with you while working in a hospital, a letter from a friend when you were feeling unwell, or a piece of equipment which was designed to improve your quality of life.”

Businesses, groups, and individuals can offer donations to Inverness Museum by completing a simple online survey here.

Museum staff will arrange to collect items and add them to a permanent archive of healthcare in the Highlands.

For further information about donations or Inverness Museum’s Health, Wealth and Happiness project, click here, or contact Joe Setch at [email protected]