Last Saturday on the 19th May, we loved welcoming lots of you to celebrate Festival of Museums with us. We were thrilled to learn that the celebration was the second busiest day of the month for us-only beaten by a cruise ship day when 600 visitors docked in Scrabster harbour so a difficult one to beat!
We were joined by a team of volunteers who were utterly fabulous at making sure everything ran smoothly. The museum entry charge was waved for the day which meant visitors could enjoy our displays completely free of charge. We created Pictish Inspired painted pebbles which visitors were then encouraged to hide around town for others to find and enjoy and relocate in a town wide treasure hunt idea. The craze of Thurso Rocks started on facebook recently and has proven to be a wonderfully colourful, happy project that's really boosted community spirit.
Debbie Prentice joined us in Viking dress to demonstrate the ancient craft of tablet weaving, it's really fascinating to watch-she's got the patience of a saint, far too fiddly for us!
Joan set up our large scale version of hnefatafl which is a Viking game not too dissimilar to chess in the main exhibition hall and encouraged visitors to have a go. Those who enjoyed the game, could then buy a tabletop version in our gift shop!
The cafe team were busy too and prepared some delicious Viking inspired home bakes for their customers as well as sponges with fresh strawberries and cream to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan.