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Glencoe Folk Museum has confirmed it has received funding to the tune of £74,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to begin design work on its redevelopment project.
The cash boots will help the museum progress its plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant in the near future.
The project will extend the museum, reinterpreting and improving access to its historic 18th century cottages while creating new visitor facilities including toilets.
An outreach and education programme is also planned which will help the museum play an active role in the local area, while a new community gallery will create space for local groups to meet and produce their own exhibitions.
Founded in the 1960s by members of the local community, Glencoe Museum is housed in two Category B-listed 18th-century properties which are the only surviving genuine heather-thatched cruck-framed structures in the area.
Its collection of c6,000 objects spans the 17thto 21st centuries, chronicling the infamous 1692 massacre and Jacobite rebellion, daily local life and work right up to the Covid pandemic.
Commenting on the award, redevelopment manager David Rounce, told us: ‘Like many museums we’ve had a challenging year so this news gives us a lot of optimism for the future.
‘Lottery funding will allow us to begin working with architects and exhibition designers as well as recruiting a learning and engagement officer to really embed the museum in the community’.
Catriona Davidson, Curator, added: ‘We’ve an amazing collection and this is such an exciting opportunity to bring Glencoe’s unique heritage to life. From conserving our Eilean Munde ‘coffin boat’, to a new exhibition set on the night of the massacre, to getting artefacts digitised and available across the world, we can’t wait to get started.’