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!
On the 21st of March, the Scottish Crannog Centre was host to Barnaby Brown, a renowned musical specialist and performer. Speaking with our curator Fran and community archaeologist Rachel, Barnaby was able to get a first-hand look at the lyre bridge that was found in our collection, as well the 3D printed copy provided by Dr Marco Gilardi of the University of the West of Scotland.
Barnaby gave us great insight into the piece of musical instrument along with the whistle that is also in our collection and was visibly excited to be able to connect with such a rare piece of material!
Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we will be able to use the expertise of musicians like Barnaby and experts such as John Purser to help shape our understanding of this significant artefact and its use in the lives of prehistoric crannog dwellers as part of a musical instrument. We've also been able to open up our collection to local musicians and poets such as Munro Gauld and Jon Plunkett who have met with our curator Fran to get a glimpse at the items and get some inspiration for their upcoming performances.
This year the site will be filled with many different musical sounds as we celebrate music and its place in Iron Age Scotland.
Our first musical affair took place at our opening day at the end of March, when Aberfeldy Gaelic Choir performed a number of traditional hymns from which told tales of the local people and landscape of Loch Tay. This really helped set the tone of our upcoming year and what to expect from the fantastic musicians from the Scottish community who will be performing throughout the year. The choir were then able to get a look at our musical artefacts and get a real sense of what music might have been played thousands of years ago.
The most musical event will be Midsummer Music at the end of June, where we will be showcasing artists from around the community, including Hannah Rarity who was named BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2018. She recently came to visit and get some inspiration for the pieces she will play - our team at the museum are very excited to hear what she comes up with! Towards the end of the year, our musical artefact will be put on display in our newly developed exhibition for all of our visitors to see and appreciate.
Thanks again to National Lottery Heritage Fund for providing the funding in order for the Crannog Centre to begin the research into music in the Iron Age Loch Tay.