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"The Bridge That Connects..." Project Update

The centre has been very busy getting stuck into our 2019 HLF funded musical project with experts, musicians and choirs all getting a chance to see our artefacts and get inspiration for their upcoming musical performances!

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"Opening The Box" Project Update

Our collections team have been hard at work beginning the redevelopment of our exhibition space thanks to funding from Museums Galleries Scotland.

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Our Dream - The Immersive Museum

Not everything is possible immediately sadly ... the Centre has been through a lot of changes in the past 12 months and, as much as we would love to be implementing the following plans, at the moment, they are part of our dream.

Dr Marco Gilardi, Dr Mario Soflano, Dr Derek Turner of the University of the West of Scotland put forward their ideas to develop an immersive museum at the Centre.

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My life as a museum novice - 6 months down, 6 to go!

With 6 months already under her belt, Ellen Pryde, our Skills for Success MGS Learner, contemplates the end of her year-long placement:

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February Poem #1

Throughout February we asked our visitors to write us two rhyming lines which would then be added to others and turned into a poem.

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Outreach at Albyn School

The centre's Outreach Team travels to give talks and demonstrations all over Scotland. Recently they travelled to Albyn School in Aberdeen where they were given a very warm welcome.

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Being a Community Archaeologist - Rich Hiden

A lot has changed at the Crannog Centre over the last 12 months: we spent our first year as a nationally accredited museum expanding what we deliver on a day to day basis and are now starting the renovations of our museum space. We aim to create a new immersive setting that enables us to showcase the fantastic collection of 2500-year-old artefacts in our care.

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It sounds like the Iron Age - Kim Walker Sound Artist

Kim Walker is an artist with a particular interest in sound and is the Centre's Artist in Residence. The residency, which runs from the end of January until the end of April, is supported by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH).

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My life as a museum novice - The Collection!

One of the major factors in running a successful museum is having a well-looked after collection. Without it, there is no point in even having a museum in the first place!

It's certainly a job I've certainly never had the chance to experience in any way, so being able to get hands-on practice during my placement is going to be really worthwhile.

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My life as a museum novice - Social Media!

This month Ellen tells us about social media and what she's learned so far.

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The Textile Area - by Jason & Alex

Jason and Alexandra, our Iron Age experts from the textile area, tell us about their experimental archaeology textile journey in 2018.

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Opening the boxes - unleashing our national treasures

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant from Museum Galleries Scotland to assist in the refurbishment of the Centre's museum galleries.

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My life as a museum novice - Settling down for winter

As we hunker down for winter, Ellen explains how her role changes with the seasons.

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The Crannog Honey Loaf

We often make our delicious Crannog Honey Loaf to hand out to friends old and new both at the Centre and when we're out and about at Outreach ... we're always asked for the recipe so here it is!

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My life as a museum novice - Spooky Samhain!

More from Ellen as she experiences her first Celtic Samhain at the Crannog!

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Volunteering - it's a family lifestyle!

Lissa Clark and her sons Jacob and Jason regularly volunteer at the Centre. They all came along to help us with our fantastic Celtic Autumn event on 14th October and have written about the day and what volunteering and being here means to them:



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My life as a museum novice - Getting my hands dirty!

Now into her third month at the Crannog, Ellen Pryde describes some of the tasks she's been undertaking as part of her Museum Galleries Scotland Skills for Success Programme.

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Volunteering - it's a family affair!

Lissa Clark and her sons all volunteer their time to help at our special events and are now an integral part of the 2018 Crannog Community. Just like her father who helped build the Crannog roundhouse 20+ years ago, Lissa has found volunteering at the Crannog rewarding, interesting and educational plus, it opens up a whole new world!

Here is Lissa's experience of volunteering in her own words:

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My life as a museum novice!

In August 2018, Ellen Pryde, began her journey in the Museum sector thanks to Museums Galleries Scotland's Skills for Success Trainee programme. Here are Ellen's words describing the start of her journey.

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Midsummer Friends

Our Midsummer Music event on 21st June each year has been the catalyst for many fantastic friendships between the Crannog, staff and our visitors!

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The inspirational William Kent

Will Kent visited us with his parents in April this year. He was so inspired by what he discovered that he asked if he could possibly come to us for work experience.

Will has a condition affecting his eyesight which has been deteriorating since he was 6. He faces the prospect of losing his vision completely but Will is an inspiration to us all because he lets nothing get in his way. These are his own words of his experience at the Centre!

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The Celtic Tradition of Handfasting

'Taking each other's hand in marriage' is a well-known phrase but have you ever stopped to think about where it comes from? Handfasting is probably the answer ...

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Vocational Pathway Fund

The Scottish Crannog Centre has been named as one of the recipients of Museums Galleries Scotland’s Vocational Pathways Fund.

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Our Priceless Emergency Services

One of our volunteers was taken ill with a heart attack last week and the response from our emergency services was just amazing!

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