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Highland Folk Museum – Annual Seminar

"From Crucks to Crinkly Tin - Traditional Structures and Settlements in the Central Highlands"

Wednesday 9 October 2019

Our seminar this year celebrates the rich variety of styles and materials of the traditional buildings and structures of the Central Highlands.  Most of the early buildings were constructed by skilled craftspeople from local raw materials such as stone, timber and turf. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries prefabricated buildings such as houses, village halls and schools were being erected using corrugated iron. These came in kit form which could be assembled easily on the building site. The day will cover over 300 years of building heritage presented by six experts in their own fields – you can find out more about our speakers here.

We would like to thank Regional Screen Scotland for the use of The Screen Machine for this year’s seminar.

Tickets are £30.00 per person and can be booked in person at the museum or by calling 01349 781650.



9.30           Registration and Coffee

10.00         Welcome and Opening Address – Matthew Withey

10.10          David Taylor –    ‘Green’ Housing: but was it sustainable?’ – The Badenoch turf                               house as a product of its environment.                                                                                    

10.50          Bruce Keith –      “Linking the communities – bridges and roads”

11.30         Short film

11.45          Jessica Hunnisett –‘Conserving the Thatched Buildings of the Central Highlands.                        

12.20        Lunch, Store visit and Book signing

2.00           Bob Powell –       Icons in an Open Air “Glass Case” – Museum buildings on the                               move: from archaeological “dig” above ground to oversized Ikea flat pack!

2.40           Rhona Ramsay –“Cian bin: Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation”

 3.20         Tea Break

 3.40           David Mitchell –“Prefab iron – Scotland’s other vernacular”

4.20            Summing up – Matthew Withey

4.30          Close

School house at the Highland Folk Museum.