Top museum designers to revamp Glencoe Folk Museum

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One of the UK’s leading museum design teams, responsible for high profile projects at Inverness Castle, St Albans Cathedral and Gretna Green, is now working to redevelop Glencoe Folk Museum.

Cheshire-based Mather and Co is working with Peter Drummond Architects to redevelop the museum housed in traditional thatched 18th Century cottages at Glencoe.

Founded in 1967 by Mss Barbara Fairweather MBE, Mrs Rae Grant and friends, the museum celebrates the rich history and story of Glencoe and its people – housing a
collection of over 3,000 artefacts chronicling daily life and work in the area between the 17th and 21st centuries.

NO F48 Glencoe Museum 02
NO F48 Glencoe Museum 02

These range from examples of costume and household items to a ‘Coffin Boat’ used to transport bodies to the local Burial Island, and even objects relating to the Jacobite rebellion and infamous Glencoe Massacre of 1692.

The museum redevelopment is expected to be completed in 2023. Museum Curator Catriona Davidson explained: ‘As soon as we spoke to Mather we knew they shared our vision for unlocking the museum’s full potential.

‘We all love their approach of taking our unique charm and everything special about our museum and bringing it to life in new fun, accessible ways. We can’t wait to see the designs.’

Mather and Co has a rounded experience of multi-site attractions development, heritage transformation projects and creative storytelling also including the R and A World Golf Museum, The Silverstone Experience, The Olympic Museum, Coronation Street: The Tour, York Minster Revealed, Downton Abbey: The Exhibition and The Royal Mint Experience.

One of the firm’s project aims at Glencoe is to provoke curiosity and to challenge visitors to expand their minds, to learn new things from the past, present, and future of Glencoe.

The redeveloped museum, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, will allow visitors of all ages to experience the story of Glencoe using their senses, through discovery, experimentation, hidden reveals, exploration, and play.

Malissa Geersing, Project Designer at Mather and Co, added: ‘We are excited to get started on this truly inspiring project at Glencoe Folk Museum. The museum will tell the incredible stories of the Glen and its turbulent history, experiences, and daily lives of the local communities.

‘We are looking forward to bringing together the voices of the communities and history and landscape of Glencoe and the surrounding area, offering surprises, unexpected twists and turns, and inspiring moments.’

One of the aims in the development stage of the new museum is to work with local
communities – this will enable visitors to explore theirs or other people’s heritage in a
relevant and relatable way and discover the context and the history behind their life today.

Shortly after opening in 1967, Glencoe Folk Museum was an immediate success, and the collection rapidly outgrew its original premises.

In 1972 it re-opened in the cottages which form the museum today, donated through the generosity of local resident Hugh Grant.

Representatives from designers, Mather and Co, plus  Peter Drummond Architects met at the museum earlier this month. NO F48 GFM Mather PD


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