Virtual wardrobe at the Highland Folk Museum

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For those that have wanted to wear a real piece of history, help is at hand from the Highland Folk Museum.

The open air museum has created two new Instagram and Facebook filters, allowing people to try on two historic bonnets – a classic white cotton mutch, and a green woollen tam o’shanter.

The bonnets are real objects from the museum’s collection that date from around the end of the 19th century.

A virtual mutch.

Project Officer Helen Pickles said: ‘We wanted to create a fun and engaging way to experience textile objects from our collection, and see what can be achieved with augmented reality (AR) technology.

‘The tam o’shanter is a classic Scottish bonnet and the one from our collection was occasionally worn by former curator Ross Noble, and we have some photos of him wearing it at previous events held at the museum.

‘The white cotton mutch with ribbon ties is another quintessential Scottish bonnet worn to keep a woman’s hair clean and tidy whilst she went about her jobs on the croft.

‘Although we now don’t physically try on the objects in the collection, this new filter will let anyone try on the hats.’

To celebrate these very Scottish bonnets, the filters were launched on St Andrew’s Day.

The two filters need to be accessed through the Instagram and Facebook phone apps and the museum is encouraging people to share their snaps through social media.

The digital dress up is part of the Folk and Fabric project at the Newtonmore museum, aiming to showcase items from the collections online and offer 360-degree tours of five of the historic buildings. It is due to launch early next year.