Published: 14/05/2014 08:04 - Updated: 14/05/2014 08:29

Busy weekend ahead for Strathnaver museum

Volunteer Riona Mackay helps prepare the new exhibition which opens at Strathnaver musuem on Saturday.
Volunteer Riona Mackay helps prepare the new exhibition which opens at Strathnaver museum on Saturday.

Strathnaver Museum is hosting two events this weekend as part of its Bicentenary Programme and also in conjunction with the Festival of Museums taking place across Scotland between 16th and 18th May.

Events kick off at 2pm on Friday with a parade from Farr High School to Bettyhill Village Hall where primary school children will perform a special bicentenary play.

The youngsters have been helped to create the play by David Hunt, an outreach officer from Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.  They have used as their inspiration the museum's portable Museum of Curiosity, created in 2012 by local artist Joanne Kaar..

The play romps through 400 years of the area’s history, taking in the Jacobite Rebellion, the Strathnaver Clearances and the First World War among other periods.

The weekend continues with the opening of a new exhibition on Saturday which explores how Mackay Country has evolved from the time of the Clearances to the present day..The exhibition was created by the Museum’s volunteers and  explores the story of one family’s journey.

Feis Air An Oir  join the celebrations at noon and will entertain visitors with traditional music before complimentary nibbles are served. Entry to the museum and the exhibition on Saturday is free.

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