3rd May 2023
Strathnaver Museum in Bettyhill has reopened its doors following an investment of £2m to secure the historic building and improve Strathnaver Museum’s visitor experience. The museum team kicked off their 2023 season when the local community were invited to have a ‘sneak peek’ of the newly installed interpretation and exhibitions.
Visitors were delighted by the improvements to the existing building and new exhibitions which was felt complimented the original building. While the annex building showcasing the agricultural, fishing and trades history was a welcome addition to the museum campus.
The museum tells the story of 8,000 years of human occupation in north west Sutherland in the context of the Highland Clearances. Its eclectic collection includes a bronze age beaker, bagpipes made from a wagon that crossed the Oregon Trail, and a dog skin buoy. Strathnaver Museum will be open until 31st October, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm www.strathnavermuseum.org.uk
The refurbishment was made possible thanks to National Lottery players, Cultural and Natural Heritage Fund, Museums and Galleries Scotland, SSE, Dounreay, HIE, The Wolfson Foundation, Caithness and North Sutherland Fund, Garfield Weston and Wildland and the many private donors who supported the work.
Photos by SDM Photography