Fort museum manager Colleen steps down after a decade

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After 10 years as manager of West Highland Museum in Fort William, Colleen Barker is heading off to travel the world, see the sights and explore their history.

Directors, staff and volunteers bade farewell to Colleen at their recent Christmas night out in the Highland Cinema where she was presented with a number of gifts on behalf of her many friends and colleagues.

Making the presentation, museum trust chairman Ian Peter MacDonald spoke of her commitment to the museum and the changes introduced during her tenure, which saw visitor numbers soar from 9,000 to  more than 60,000 per year.

He said: ‘Colleen has been a much-loved member of the museum team for a decade and has made many very positive changes.

‘She certainly deserves a break and to follow her globe-trotting dream.

‘With a keen eye for numbers, a hand on every financial opportunity and a wonderful personality that inspires and motivates, Colleen has been key to the museum’s extraordinary success in this period.

‘However, I am delighted to say that she will be continuing to support the museum as a volunteer whenever she can and will continue to play a valuable role in its work.’

Colleen told the Lochaber Times: ‘Though it was very challenging at times I have thoroughly enjoyed my decade at the museum.

‘Working with Sonja and Vanessa and the many volunteers over the 10 years was the highlight. I look forward to returning next year as a volunteer.’