Gairloch Heritage Museum has £60,000 left to raise towards its new museum and it has enlisted the stars of Outlander to help!

by Gairloch Heritage Museum in Gairloch, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland

We did it
On 27th October 2017 we successfully raised £2,791 with 57 supporters in 56 days

Stars of the global phenomenon, Outlander, have lent their support to Gairloch Heritage Museum’s fundraising efforts and now people have the chance to get their hands on some coveted Outlander goodies!

‘One of the best little museums in Scotland’ is how the National Trust for Scotland described Gairloch Heritage Museum. The museum is currently housed in an historic farm steading in  Gairloch however the team are losing its current premises and will be homeless by the end of 2018 making it imperative they secure funding for a new facility to secure its future. The museum has been managed and run by volunteers since 1977 and is a cultural hub for Gairloch and the surrounding area. 

The museum has teamed up with Àdhamh Ó Broin, Gaelic consultant for hit TV show, Outlander, to offer some great rewards.  Àdhamh said: “Not many people are aware but Gairloch and Wester Ross have played an integral part to the creation of the tv series, Outlander. We use the Wester Ross Gaelic dialect throughout the series and I often called upon Gairloch man, the late Roddy Mackenzie, for advice when we were on set.

“Roddy, who was also heavily involved in the Gairloch Heritage Museum, helped us by providing accurate translations and local sayings to ensure we were portraying the language as authentically as possible. Roddy worked very closely with Roy Wentworth when Roy was compiling the well-known dictionary, Faclan is Abairtean à Ros and Iar – Gaelic words and phrases from Wester Ross – which also proved invaluable to myself and the cast whilst filming.”

The funds raised will secure the long-term future of the museum’s collections and the cultural activities it offers and the museum team hope to open the new premises in early 2019. The total cost of the project is just over £2M of which our community of supporters aims to raise 10% with the remaining 90% coming  from public and private sector trusts, including the Heritage Lottery Fund. The local community has already raised over £140,000 towards its £200,000 total and it is hoped that the remaining £60,000 will be raised through this crowdfunding campaign.

The new museum will feature expanded displays, and improved access to our collections and archives. The museum hosts the first Pictish stone found on the west coast mainland of Scotland, and its Gaelic language and literature resources are highly valued by Gaelic scholars. There will also be more space for exhibitions, and incorporate a cafe and a shop.

Karen Buchanan, Gairloch Heritage Museum's curator, said: "This is an ambitious project, particularly for a community the size of Gairloch, and we have been blown away by the support from the local community and further afield so far! Wester Ross has such a rich cultural heritage and the museum plays an important part in preserving our heritage for the future. We hope that our fundraising efforts and the support from the Outlander cast will help us reach our target; the new museum will not only preserve our heritage but will also enable us to reach new audiences and educate them about our fascinating history, maybe even teaching a few words of Gaelic along the way."

Gairloch Heritage Museum is reaching out to Outlander fans, the Wester Ross diaspora and anyone with an interest in Scottish and Gaelic culture to help save our museum and preserve the cultural heritage of this unique Highland community.

 For more information, please visit: http://www.gairlochheritagemuseum.org/redevelopment.html   

Mòran taing a chàirdean!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Are you an Outlander fan?! If you fancy a social media shout out from Adhamh O'Broin, Outlander Gaelic consultant, this is the pledge for you! Adhamh will personally thank you for your support, in Gaelic if you like, on Twitter or Facebook!

£25 or more

£25 Reward

In the new museum, to celebrate and thank our supporters, there will be a permanent sculpture featuring metal fish, the museum's emblem. On each fish there will be the name and hometown of everyone who has donated and purchased a fish! You can pledge £25 and have a small fish featured within the sculpture which will remain the museum forever!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

In the new museum, to celebrate and thank our supporters, there will be a permanent sculpture featuring metal fish, the museum's emblem. On each fish there will be the name and hometown of everyone who has donated and purchased a fish! You can pledge £50 and have a large fish featured within the sculpture which will remain the museum forever!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Visiting Gairloch? Then this pledge is for you! You will get a personalised guided tour of the museum from the museum's curator and hear all the local stories and myths from the region!

£75 or more

2 of 3 claimed

£75 Reward

Want to improve your Gaelic with the help of Gaelic consultant to the stars?! Outlander's Adhamh O'Broin will give you a personal Gaelic lesson via Skype! He might even be able to tell you all about his time with the stars of the hit TV series!

£100 or more

5 of 4 claimed

£100 Reward

Resource used during Outlander filming, signed by members of the cast! Faclan is Abairtean à Ros and Iar –Gaelic words and phrases from Wester Ross is the dictionary used by Outlander's Gaelic consultant, Adhamdh O'Broin, and we have 6 up for grabs! Signed by Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), Scott Kyle (Ross the Smith), Gary Lewis (Colum MacKenzie), Gillebrìde MacMillan (Gwyllyn the Bard), piper Elias Alexander and Adhamh.

£200 or more

4 of 4 claimed

£200 Reward

Resource used during Outlander filming, and signed with a special message from Outlander star Sam Heughan! Faclan is Abairtean à Ros and Iar – Gaelic words and phrases from Wester Ross is the dictionary used by Outlander's Gaelic consultant, Àdhamh O'Broin, and we have four up for grabs! Signed by Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) and Àdhamh.


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