We're joining in with the national celebration-Festival of Museums!
Festival of Museums is Scotland’s three day Museum festival which consists of over 150 events taking place up and down the country. The festival is created and coordinated by Museums Galleries Scotland. It’s safe to say that the Caithness Horizons celebration will be one of the most northerly on Scotland’s mainland.
On Friday 18th May, volunteers from Mary Ann’s Cottage will be pride of place within the Museum bringing a little bit of the fascinating Dunnet cottage into Thurso. The volunteers will engage with visitors and tell the story of Mary Ann. The cottage has opened to the public a month earlier than previous years to accommodate rising demand for their extraordinary display.
On Saturday 19th May, we will throw open the doors of the attraction and welcome visitors and local people of Caithness to enjoy their displays and activities. Museum entry for one day only will be free of charge and there will be lots of activities on offer.
Festival of Museums is a brilliant way to really celebrate Museums and inject some fun into our past. We’re really excited to share some craft activities, games and conversation with people of all ages.
The Museum team of staff and volunteers will offer guided tours and craft activities inspired by the Museum displays. Pictish Stone rubbings as well as Pictish inspired pebble painting will take place downstairs as well as a display of tablet weaving by volunteer Debbie Prentice who is looking forward to showing this ancient method of creativity. Team members will help visitors take part in a large scale ancient Viking board game, Hnefatafl a game of strategy not dissimilar to chess. For those who get the bug for the game, tabletop versions are available in the gift shop.
With the current craze of pebble painting at such height, we’re looking forward to creating some fabulous designs, using the Pictish symbols as our inspiration; I can’t wait to see what designs we come up with. Once the pebbles are dry, their creators will be encouraged to hide them within the community for others to find and relocate joining in the current town wide pebble treasure hunt.
In the Main exhibition hall, families will enjoy the exhibition displays as well as the fabulous wildlife dress up costumes, jigsaws interactive game and films.
The Museum cafe will be baking up their usual assortment of treats and savoury delights and are currently running a promotion where customers can enjoy a free piece of their homemade, dairy free shortbread with any purchase of a hot drink. The promotion is celebrating the launch of the cafe’s new menu.
Also celebrating Festival of Museums this weekend is our friends at Lyth Arts Centre who are hosting an event with Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archive and a FREE art workshop with Hannah Cambridge of Crafty Little Studio. Not to mention the fabulous storytelling and crafts event with children's author Alan Temperley at Strathnaver Museum too!