The Highland Folk Museum is located in the heartland of shinty (camanachd in Gaelic), roughly halfway between the famous clubs, and rivals – Kingussie and Newtonmore. The sport is a firm fixture of community life in Badenoch, past and present, and the museum holds a number of objects and archival material that tell the story of shinty.
The museum has been awarded funding from Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) to research and develop its shinty collections. The funding has allowed a member of staff to be employed on an 18 month contract, until early 2021.
Helen Pickles has been taken on as Project Officer for the Shinty Memories and Material Culture project. She’ll be researching, documenting and digitising the shinty collections, and therefore making them a much more useful resource. You might remember Helen from her previous role working at the Museum on the vernacular organics collection from 2017-18 Baskets, Bobbins and Barvas Ware
We’re delighted to have her back to reveal what’s in store, and to build up those links to the local community through the power of shinty.
The project is running in partnership with Badenoch Shinty Memories, a local community group who use shinty photographs and artefacts as a reminiscence tool to connect with local people, including those who are living with dementia or other mental health issues, and those suffering from loneliness or isolation. Forgotten memories and new conversations can be sparked off by sharing a passion for the sport, and we’re looking forward to seeing what can be achieved by the two organisations working together throughout this project.
Helen will be keeping you up to date with the camanachd craic throughout the project – check back for regular blog posts.
Blog Post #1 – Shinty and the Highland Folk Museum
This project is being supported by Museums Galleries Scotland and Badenoch Shinty Memories, who receive funding from Life Changes Trust. The Trust is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.
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