Three artists worked with museums, local people and visitors to create artworks, designs for the mobile museum and animations.
Robyn Woolston was “artist in residence” in the Highland Folk Museum for two weeks during the October holidays. Over four hundred people joined in, including participants from Caberfeidh Horizons in Kingussie and visitors from as far afield as Australia and USA.
Cat Meighan worked with Grantown Museum and pupils from Grantown Primary School and local artists to create artworks inspired by sphagnum moss which was collected by children locally during WW1 to be used as a wound dressing.
Cat was also based in Cromarty Courthouse Museum where she encouraged older people at the Fourways over 60s club and the Cromarty Youth Café to create work inspired by the legacy of WW1 in Cromarty.
Henry Cruickshank, an animator worked with the Museum of the Isles and pupils from Sleat Primary School on Skye to create three animations based on the children’s research of Island life during and after the War.
Henry also focused on Nairn stories when he worked with a group of talented museum volunteers from Nairn Museum. Several stories are woven into a touching animation using local voices, delicate drawings and archive postcards.
The project’s researcher worked with museums, archives and local people to uncover many previously unrecorded stories. From personal reflections of the aftermath of the Raasay Land Raids, Highland women in the war, children’s involvement and the legacy on the land and sea, the exhibition will have a story which will appeal to everyone.
The learning suitcase will offer the chance to find out more about the individuals in the exhibition. Children and families can try out some simple pop up activities.
If you would like to arrange a school visit or find out about additional resources please contact the exhibition venue directly.
The Highland Archive Service offer a range of online WW1 resources.
Banner Image: Artwork produced during an engagement session with Robyn Woolston at the Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore