Winter exhibition

Many of you will already have seen the winter exhibition - featuring the contribution of benefactor James Douglas Fletcher to the villages of Avoch, Fortrose and Rosemarkie. Our Exhibition Coordinator, Jo Clements, has done a wonderful job in putting together the exhibition in double quick time, and we are grateful to those of you who have loaned items from Rosehaugh House to include in our exhibition.

The exhibition falls hard on the heels of the re-publication of the book, “Rosehaugh - a House of its Time” and the excellent presentation given at its launch by Magdalene Maclean, one of the authors of the book. We hope to have Magdalene back at the museum in March, to give another presentation about J D Fletcher and the history of the house.

In the meantime, if you haven’t been to the exhibition, do come along - it’s open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2-4pm. See details here.

Museum makeover

Plans are under way to give the ground floor exhibition a bit of a makeover - by replacing the interpretive panels, creating more space and making better use of IT - all designed to help visitors get more from the display and from the experience of the visit to the museum. Already, the shop has been enhanced by increasing the range of stock on sale, and improving the presentation. Now, in preparation for the summer season, our understanding of Rosemarkie’s Pictish stones will be made clearer. Part of this involves attention to the highlight of the museum - the fabulous cross-slab - which seems to be showing signs of a need for some tender loving care by appropriate specialists to protect it from the further ravages of time.

100 Club

The December draw of the 100 Club was held on the 14th, with as usual five lucky winners - Mrs Draper (£50), Prof Ralston (£20), and Philip Cohen, Brenda Martin and Prof Ansell (£10 each). You don’t have to be a professor to win, but maybe it helps!

If you are not already a member, it’s not too late to join in time for the March draw - £12 a year for four draws of five prizes - a fun way to help the museum.

Contact Doug Maclean for details or call in at the museum.

Tesco tokens

Been to Tesco north of Inverness recently? If you have you will have seen that Groam House Museum is one of the charities selected under their Bags of Help scheme. Every time you shop in Tesco, you will be given a token to post in one of three charity boxes - and the more tokens posted for each charity, the more money Tesco will donate to the charity. For us, the money we receive will go towards renovating the rather tired-looking courtyard area outside the museum, by taking out the cobbled areas and replacing with nice paving, and putting seating in the area so that visitors can relax and enjoy the mosaics which decorate the area.

 

Burns Soup and Sweet

Our first ever soup and sweet event, and what a success! A brilliant effort by our volunteers to put together an event to celebrate our national bard, by holding a soup and sweet event with a Scottish flavour. Supported by three musicians from Fortrose Academy who provided entertainment, and a shop and book stall from the museum, as well as a successful Tombola, the event brought in over £400 for the museum. Thanks to everyone who attended - and from what we hear, they won’t be slow in coming back to any future event, such was the praise we received on the day.

See here for more detail and piccies!

Events programme

Having started the year off with a very successful soup and sweet event, our fundraising group are already planning their events for the rest of the year. See here for the programme.

Coming next is the pre-loved book sale and coffee morning on 1 April, which coincides with the museum switching to its summer opening hours.

Sunday afternoons at the Museum

In March we are launching a new initiative, which we call “Sunday afternoons at the Museum”. Each Sunday, an expert on a subject relevant to the museum collections will be on hand to give short presentations on the subject, and to answer any questions. Presentations will be tailored to the audience - so will suit young and old alike. During March the subjects covered will be James Douglas Fletcher and the history of Rosehaugh, and the Picts and Pictish settlement in Rosemarkie. Normal opening hours - 2-4pm.

Help wanted

Do you have any photos or details of Groam House before it became a museum? If so, Barbara would like to hear from you. Contact her by email at barbara.cohen@groamhouse.org, or by phone on 01862 892998.

Happy New Year (belatedly!)

As we haven’t issued a newsletter since before Christmas, let me wish you all a belated Happy New Year, from the whole of the new management team. Obviously we’re working so hard we hardly noticed the new year, but it’s already showing results. Our finances are on a firmer footing, the office is unrecognisable since Jill almost single handedly sorted it out, the shop is fully stocked, the preparations for renewal of our accreditation are well under way, as are the plans for the summer exhibition and re-vamp of the Pictish display. We are also part way through a strategy-forming exercise to re-affirm our future direction. Most important, we now have a strong band of highly motivated and positive volunteers working tirelessly for the museum. So it really should be a good new year for GHM!

 Doug Maclean 

 

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Groam House News

15 February 2017