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This week we are going back twenty-one years to 1997 when we received a clock and bicycle collection from Nairn that belonged to Alexander 'Alick' McIntyre. Alick was a bicycle repairer who, in the 1930s, built himself a shed at the bottom of his garden to carry out his hobby of horology (the study, construction and repair of clocks)
The collection was initially moved into one of two storage sheds that stood on the site where Am Fasgadh, our collections store, stands today and then moved up to the Clockmaker's Workshop when it was reconstructed in 1998.
St Andrew is not only the patron saint of Scotland but also of textile workers (amongst many others!) so we thought it was very apt that today Marion, our weaver here at the museum, came along to help our Curators with a textile thread count.
We were contacted recently by an apprentice weaver from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA asking for information on one of the textiles in our collection. The piece of textile (known as hard tartan) dates from mid-18th century and as part of his research the weaver hopes to recreate this by hand dying, hand spinning and hand weaving a piece of fabric to make a kilt.
In the picture Marion is counting the threads, with a magnifying glass, so that a true recreation can be produced - hopefully they will send us a picture of the finished piece!
This winter we thought we would look back through our archive of pictures of the museum and its development. Today we are starting with a visit from the Historic Wheels Club on 21 May 2000. Vintage Day will be 7 years old next May but the Historic Wheels Club started the trend of historic vehicles visiting the museum long before then!
In the second photo you can see the Clockmaker's Workshop but the Joiners' Workshop and lots of our other buildings that we now have on site weren't yet in place back in 2000.