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!