Strathpeffer and Gairloch story map projects: how to get involved

As part of the Homecoming 2014 “My heart’s in the Highlands” project, free workshops will begin this week in both locations giving people the chance to work with local storytellers Bob Pegg and Alec Williamson to explore local tales of giant warriors, magical goats, silly stones and more and to see how the stories are connected to the local landscape.  Artist John Hodkinson will then work with workshop participants to produce full-colour story map canvasses which will go on display locally as part of the roving “Needed on a Journey” homecoming exhibition touring the Highlands during 2014.

Highland Museum of Childhood Curator, Alison Boyle, said:  “This is a fun way to share and learn about the folk tales of Ross-shire, and the end results, the story map canvasses, are sure to be great talking points when they go on display later this spring/summer. You will be helping to create something really special which will appeal to all ages – and you don’t have to be a native of Strathpeffer or Gairloch to take part.”

The first Gairloch story map workshop will take place this Tuesday (8th April) with the first Strathpeffer workshop scheduled for this Thursday (11th April). Anyone interested in taking part should contact either the Highland Museum of Childhood tel 01997 421031, email or Gairloch Heritage Museum, tel 01445 712287, email

The “Needed on a Journey” exhibition is due to visit Gairloch from mid-May to mid-June and Strathpeffer during June.  The first local story map created for the project has just gone on display at Inverness Museum, and there will eventually be story maps from a range of communities across the Highland Council area.

“Needed on  a Journey” is part of the wider ‘My Heart’s in the Highlands’ Year of Homecoming project for the Highland and Moray areas which is supporting a programme of 80 special Homecoming events in the two areas this year.  The project is being organised by the Highland and Moray Museums and Heritage Partnership with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Museums Galleries Scotland.  The Partnership’s members are The Highland Council, High Life Highland, Moray Heritage Connections, the Highland Museums Forum and the National Trust for Scotland.


7 Apr 2014
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