Behind the Scenes at Am Fasgadh – Tues 13 March
Ever wondered what goes on inside the Am Fasgadh building at the Highland Folk Museum? Come along to see how we’re researching, conserving and storing some of the most fragile and rare objects in our collection. Documentation Assistant Helen and Assistant Conservator Rachael will be on hand to discuss the year-long project that they’re working on. No need to book – just drop in between 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm.
Collection Store Tours: Every Tues from 1 May till 30 October at 2pm
Come and discover our collection in Am Fasgadh (Gaelic for the shelter) with one of our knowledgeable tour guides. Tours last approx. an hour and cost £5 per person (children go free) For more details please visit our store tours page here
Easter Egg Hunt Fri 30th March – Mon 15th April
Our Easter chickens have been for a wander and left their eggs inside the buildings around the museum. Find them all and collect your chocolate prize! £1 per person, no need to book just turn up and join in!
Festival of Museums – Travellers’ Tales: shelters, crafts and stories – Sat 19 May 11am – 4pm. No need to book.
Travellers’ Tales is a unique and immersive event, offering visitors to the museum glimpses of Traveller life in the past. During the Festival of Museums the Highland Folk Museum will celebrate Traveller culture with an event centred on the building of a Sutherland bough tent, the traditional home of Highland Travellers. Alongside the building of the bough tent, visitors will be able to watch and, in some cases, try out some traditional Traveller crafts, including paper flower making. Once the tent has been built it will provide the setting for an afternoon session of storytelling by Traveller tradition bearers, who will tell stories in both Gaelic, and Scots and English. Supported by MGS Festival of Museums
Festival of Museums – Travellers’ Tales: The Summer Walkers – Sat 19 May 7pm – 10pm.
Travellers’ Tales: The Summer Walkers is an evening event, showing two films “The Summer Walkers” by Timothy Neat and “A Sense of Identity” by Jess Smith. The screening will be held in Am Fasgadh, our museum store, followed by a Q&A session, featuring Essie Stewart (featured in the work of Timothy Neat), Shona Main (the filmmaker documenting the event at the museum) and Jess Smith, Storyteller. Following this, audience members will have the opportunity to see some of the fascinating objects within the Museum collections which have a connection to the Traveller community, and to hear about the long connections between the museum and the Travelling community. Refreshments will be available. £5 per person – booking essential as places are limited. Tickets can be booked here
Vintage Day – Sun 27 May, 10.30am – 4.00pm
Vintage cars, motorbikes, buses, stationary engines, tractors, auto jumble, BBQ, craft fair, fun for all – now in its sixth year!! Click here for more Vintage Day information
Outlander Day – Sat 9 June, 11am – 4.00pm
Come and follow in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire to step back in time to the 18th century in our Township, a must for Outlander fans.
Woolly Weekend – From Lamb to Loom – Sat 23 & Sun 24 June
Join us for a Woolly Weekend – fun activities for all the family. Follow the journey of wool from lamb to loom and have a go at sheep based crafts. A new event for 2018 taking you through the journey of wool from shearing , dyeing, carding and spinning to many crafts including knitting, crochet, weaving, felt making and lots lots more. Visit our different activity areas and have a go yourself! (Small fee for some activities apply) Hope to see ewe there!
“Highland Rising 1746” – Jacobite and Redcoat Re-enactment Weekend – Sat 30 June & Sun 1 July, from 11am each day.
Step back in time and witness a sequence of dramatic events unfolding before you as the last Jacobite Rising enters its final months. The redcoats of King George are growing in confidence as the Jacobites retreat northwards, but they would be unwise to let down their guard… The programme of events will be the same each day. With thanks to the Alan Breck’s Volunteer Regiment.
Heritage in Action Days – 5, 12, 19 & 26 July, 2, 9 & 16 August
Heritage in Action Days offer you the chance to see and take part in a wide range of activities. There will be demonstrations across the site of traditional skills including rope making, highland heavyweight, spinning and weaving, basket making, waulking the cloth and lots more!! Click here for more details.
Coming Home – Weds 25 July – Sun 26 August
“Coming Home” is a travelling exhibition and events programme developed by High Life Highland (HLH) to commemorate the end of the First World War in the Highlands. Visit our church to see the exhibition and the final items made from the workshop sessions held here in October 2017.
Forest Fest – Sat 11 & Sun 12 Aug
Enjoy a celebration of woodland culture with a weekend of traditional skills, including tree felling using axes and hand saws, timber extraction by heavy horse, story telling and lots lots more, click here for more details. Event run in conjunction with the Woodland Trust.
Highland Folk Museum Annual Seminar – Weds 10th Oct
We are hosting our fourth annual one-day seminar in honour of our inspirational and pioneering founder Dr Isabel F Grant (1887-1983). Full details of speakers and how to book will be available here from 1 May.
Doors Open Days – Sat 22 & Sun 23 October, 2 – 4pm each day
Come and see our collections store in Am Fasgadh, in support of Doors Open Day.
More autumn events to follow nearer the time!