Historic ‘gold mine’ celebrates lottery boost

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A bronze age burial cairn discovered by AHHA member Ricky Clark.
A bronze age burial cairn discovered by AHHA member Ricky Clark.

The Ardnamurchan History and Heritage Association (AHHA) is celebrating having received £9,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

It was announced on Thursday (August 4) that the project, Sharing the History and Heritage of the Remote Communities of Ardnamurchan, led by volunteer members of AHHA, has been given the money to promote nationally and internationally the 6,000-year story of the people of the Ardnamurchan peninsula, at Great Britain’s most westerly point.

Commenting on the award, AHHA secretary Jon Haylett said: ‘This community may be small, it may be very remote, it may be almost forgotten, but it sits on a heritage gold mine which for years it has been struggling to publicise. This grant will enable us not only to describe the areas heritage but also convey the sense of excitement we have about it.

‘We are particularly pleased that our young people will be at the heart of the project, but we also hope that the wider community will see many benefits, not least from an increase in the number of visitors coming to share the historical riches we have to offer.’

Lucy Casot, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland, said: ‘Sharing the History and Heritage of the remote communities of West Ardnamurchan is a great project as it shows clearly how local heritage can be a catalyst for lots of different activities and bring people together behind a common purpose. HLF is pleased to support West Ardnamurchan Community Development Company in its plans to engage participants of all ages, and, thanks to National Lottery players, enable people to enjoy the history on their own doorstep.’